The evolution of cell phone design

Remember when flip-phones were cool? Me neither, but apparently it was around 2004

November 22, 2012
brick cell phone header

In 1906, American inventor Charles E. Alden told New York World magazine that he’d invented something called a “vest pocket telephone”, but apparently the idea didn’t really catch on until about 67 years later, when Motorola’s Dr Martin Cooper showed the world his company’s new mobile phone in 1973.

The phone weighed almost a kilo, featured a talk time of just 30 minutes and a recharge time of 10 hours, and sold for $3,995.

… Actually, that didn’t really catch on either.

Anyway, the people over a Japanese mobile phone company NTT docomo have put together this graphic guide to cell phone design from 1987 up to now so we can see how far we’ve come. And, in some points, gone back again – it’s kind of funny how, in the mid-2000s, phones got smaller and smaller, then suddenly got bigger again when manufacturers realised that, hey, maybe screen size matters.

Next, I bet huge, telescoping aerials are totally going to make a comeback. Or not.

evolution of cell phones

If your phone is around the middle of this image, it might be time to upgrade.

Source: Geekologie

Related articles:

5 best gadgets from CES 2013 Innovations list

Countdown clock puts a D-Day on anything

9 most expensive gaming gadgets you’ll never need

Gaming comfort gadgets

Tags: cellphones, gadgets, headline

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyGaming – technology images can be found here

Poll

Should all downloadable content (DLC) be free?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Latest News

How to pimp your brain with video games

Brain

Whether playing video games has negative effects is something that has been debated for 30 years, in much the same way that rock and roll, television, and even the novel faced much the same criticisms in their time

Best gaming deals this week

ryse son of rome

Wallets of the world, unite! These games aren’t going to buy themselves.

The Crew pre-order price roundup

The Crew

Fancy a bit of MMO open-world racing?

New 8GB AMD R9 290X gets SA pricing

MSI Radeon R9 290X Gaming Edition 512bit 8GB

8GB of VRAM – which drunk Greek God created this card?

X

Newsletter Subscription

Name
Email *
Enter the following to confirm your subscription *
Captcha image


Free MyGaming Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)