I remember the time when mobile phones could only be found in science fiction novels and not anywhere else. As the advent of technology came to a booming head-start in the late 1980’s, telecommunication providers sought to improve on the already familiar ‘wireless phones‘ and bring them to the consumer’s attention. The first generation mobile phones were nothing special (just your selection so we will skip right to the 2G mobile networks and talk about Motorola and their path to dominating the cellphone market for well over 20 years.
The first mobile phones were crude and simple and not that, well… ‘mobile‘! In fact the very first commercial cellphone weighted at about 2 pounds and was thus labeled ‘the brick’. Its formidable size and monstrous price made it the publics favorite, at least for a while.
The Japanese were the first to launch their 1G network and it was quite successful. Of course the European GSM did finally take over the global market in 1991, but that was short lived as well. In 2001 there was something new. The 3G networking was already a reality, which allowed many companies to start developing new and interesting hand held devices. The truth is that ever since we became part of the 21st century, electronic companies like Nokia, Erickson and Motorola started developing their brands of cellphones; offering consumers a wide array of different devices to choose from. One might say that this is indeed the beginning of the cellphone revolution and it is the cornerstone of all smartphone devices we have come to know and love today.
Before we had the pleasure of owning iPhones and Samsung Galaxies we were limited to using our cellphones only for making calls. As time passed by, and technology found a new niche in mobile phones, we got accustomed to having more and more features and apps conveniently positioned in our palms. The first ‘smartphone’ to ever grace the world of telecommunications was the IBM Simon; a simple yet revolutionary ‘brick‘ phone that had some basic features that we take for granted today, like touchscreen and e-mail. Another notable phone was the Kyocera 6035/ Released in February 2001, it was the first smartphone to ever be resealed in the United States. It combined a lot of features into one convinient handset, and although Japan was ‘lightyears’ ahead in the smartphone industry, the US still found this cellphone to be quite spectacular – surely a premenition of what is to come in the years ahead.
The Battle of the Smartphones
As far as everyone is concerned there are two types of people living in the world today; either you are an iPhone freak or you are not. It is true that ever since Apple released their flagship smartphone, the world of telecommunications has never been the same! It was something unseen and for a brief moment Apple was truly the predominant force behind smartphones in general. But it wasn’t long before other companies cough wind and started flooding the market with their versions of the iPhone. Of course the general principle had to change a little bit, so each company developed their own unique OS and the corresponding phones to go with it.
Now we can truly enjoy diversity in our smartphones and only time will tell when we will see another leap in technology; making our phones smoother, lighter, faster and more customizable.