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

This week’s best gaming deals

Deal of the week

Here are this week’s best gaming deals

PlayStation Plus – your free games for December 2014

PlayStation Plus News

Step right up, your free PS Plus games have been announced

Steam Exploration Sale now on

Steam

Check your wishlists, because Steam is dishing out the discounts

Top 10 most pirated PC games

Piracy 1

Pirate gamers – they don’t actually wear eye-patches or carry parrots

X

Newsletter Subscription

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


Free MyGaming Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)