History of mobile phones in pictures (81 photos)

25 April 2012

The design and functionality of cell phones began to develop rapidly since 1983. The first phase was marked by Motorola's DynaTAC phone, which appeared on screens in the film "Wall Street" starring Michael Douglas as a financial tycoon. A representative of today's stage of development is the iPhone 3GS. There are thousands of cell phone models that have become popular from 1983 to today. Here are the most famous and publicly available ones; their example shows the history of the development of this device, which for most people plays a significant role in everyday life.

History of mobile phones in pictures (81 photos)


Motorola DynaTAC 8000X

25 years ago, on June 13, 1983, Motorola released the first commercial mobile phone, the DynaTAC 8000X. The DynaTAC 8000X took more than 10 years and more than $100 million to develop. DynaTAC 8000X weighed 800 grams, stored 30 phone numbers, had 1 ringtone and cost 3995 US dollars. In talk mode, the battery lasted almost one hour.

Motorola was the first to begin mass production of mobile phones. The success of the first cell phone was stunning. Despite such a high price, thousands of Americans dreamed of owning a DynaTAC 8000X. To purchase DynaTAC 8000X, you had to sign up and wait for a miracle phone for several months.


Motorola MicroTAC 9800X

The first truly portable phone. Before its release, most cell phones were intended only for installation in cars due to their dimensions, which were not suitable for carrying in a pocket.


Motorola International 3200

The first palm-sized digital mobile phone.

Nokia 1011

It was the first mass-produced GSM phone. It was produced until 1994.


BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator

The IBM Simon model was the first device to combine the functions of a telephone and a PDA.


Motorola StarTAC

The first foldable cell phone. In addition, he was among the first to have a screen with cells.

Nokia 8110

This phone was also called the “banana phone” and became popular thanks to the first film “The Matrix”.

Nokia 9000 Communicator

The first series of smartphones with an Intel 386 processor.


Nokia 9110i

This phone was a repeat of the Nokia communicator series and weighed significantly less than its predecessor, the smartphone.

Nokia 5110

This Nokia model was very popular for a long time after its release.


Siemens C25

One of the first Siemens phones to appear in the CIS. He gained great popularity, was very solid and comfortable.

Nokia 8210

Users loved it for its cute design but hated its dim screen.

Nokia 7110

The first mobile phone with a WAP browser.

Nokia 5210

This phone is known for its durability and its replaceable, water-resistant design.

Benefon Esc!

The first model with a built-in GPS system. It was mainly sold in Europe.

Samsung SPH-M100 Uproar

The first phone with MP3.

Nokia 3210

Approximately 160 million of these phones were sold. This is the first device with a built-in antenna and T9 function, used when writing text messages.

year 2000

Ericsson R380

A characteristic feature of the R380 model was a black and white touch screen, partially covered by a panel.

Nokia 3310

And this is a real hit! Many even opened beer for them. Oak, indestructible phone. Approximately 126 million 3310 units have been sold.

Ericsson R320

One of the first phones with a WAP browser. A version of this phone was released in China, allowing SMS messages to be written using Chinese characters.


Siemens ME45

This phone has survived cold, water and falls. It has both an original design and advanced functionality: IR port, WAP/GPRS, T9. And all this for quite little money. That is why it became popular and sold well. Many did not want to part with their indestructible friend, even when it became obsolete due to the advent of color displays.

Nokia 5510

A characteristic feature of this phone is the QWERTY keyboard. It could also store up to 64 MB of music files in memory.

Nokia 8310

And this device had an infrared port, a fully functional calendar and FM radio.

Ericsson T39

This little handset was the first phone with Bluetooth technology.

Ericsson T66

This miniature model from Ericsson was the length of a cigarette.

Ericsson T68

Ericsson's first phone with a color screen.

Siemens S45

The first mobile phone produced by Siemens with GPRS function, as well as 360 KB of RAM. At that time, this amount of memory was considered large.


Nokia 6800

The unusual form factor of this phone does not allow the device to be left unattended. This Nokia had a full QWERTY keyboard and was positioned as a business model.

Nokia 3510(i)

The first Nokia phone with which GPRS became widely used. The first budget multifunctional phone with a color screen.

Nokia 7650

This is the first Nokia phone with a built-in camera. "Located" in the film "Minority Report". The first smartphone in the 60 series.

Sony Ericsson P800

This smartphone is characterized by a touch screen and a memory capacity of up to 128 MB. It was a very cool model, it cost almost $1000.

Nokia 6100

Its main features are, perhaps, its beautiful design and slim body.

Nokia 6310i

The 6310i quickly gained popularity in business circles due to its ease of use and long battery life.

Sanyo SCP-5300

The first phone with a built-in camera. Even though the image quality was poor, it was the first of its kind.


Nokia 1100

Approximately 200 million phones of this extremely popular model have been sold since its release in 2003. According to rumors, the cost of this phone in criminal circles reached $32,000, since it could be used to intercept bank passwords once (apparently, this is the cost with already stolen passwords, since it is easier to buy one in a store for its face value).

Nokia N-Gage

Nokia call back to the Game Boy Advance. After receiving several accolades, this gaming-powered phone fell into oblivion due to its clunky interface.

PalmOne Treo 600

It was popular from 2003 to 2004 until the BlackBerry phone reached its peak of fame. It held a charge for three or four days and was a great combination of phone, PDA, camera and business tools to choose from.

Nokia 2100

This model had a wide range of colors and featured a monochrome screen.

Nokia 6600

Popularly nicknamed "penguin". One of the first Nokia phones with a screen displaying 65 thousand colors.

BlackBerry Quark 6210

The first phone combined with a PDA from RIM (Research In Motion).

BlackBerry 7210

The first phone with a BlackBerry brand color screen.

Nokia 7600

One of the first 3G smartphones.


Nokia 6230

Despite a number of shortcomings, this model became a bestseller. Why? Because at the time of its release it was the only regular phone with mp3, memory card and color display in one body. Because the army of NOKIA 6210 owners saw a replacement for their virgins

ice was almost exclusively represented by the 6230. Then the 6230i came out, which sold just as well.

Motorola Razor V3

At the time of its release, this phone became the benchmark for sleek design.

Sony Ericsson P910

An attractive smartphone with a folding flip and a qwerty keyboard.

Nokia 7610

The first Nokia smartphone with a 1 megapixel camera.

Nokia 3220

Nokia's first budget phone with EDGE.

Nokia 7280

In Fortune magazine, this phone was in the list of the best products of 2004. It was also called a lipstick phone.

2005 year

Sony Ericsson K750

This is one of the first phones to have a 2 megapixel camera and was widely used

Nokia 1110

This GSM phone was launched as a low-cost device and gained popularity in developing countries.

Nokia 6680

One of the first 3G smartphones. Considered very expensive at the time of release.

HTC Universal

It was the first PDA phone with 3G technology based on Windows Mobile produced by NTS.

Motorola RAZR V3 Magenta

This hot pink phone was a fashion statement of its time.


Nokia N73

This highly popular smartphone sold millions around the world and is still widely used today, one of the first Nokia phones to feature a 3.2 million pixel camera.

Motorola Q

Motorola's BlackBerry killer.

BlackBerry Pearl

RIM's first intelligently designed phone. The BlackBerry Pearl model is still on sale.

KDDI Penck

This fabulous design is only available in Japan.

O2 XDA Flame

Model 02 XDA Flame is the first PDA phone with a dual-core processor.

Nokia E62

One of the first Nokia models with a QWERTY keyboard. The E index indicates that the model belongs to the business series.



The first iPhone was released in June 2007. It had an auto-rotating sensor, a multi-touch sensor with multi-touch capabilities, a touchscreen that replaced the traditional QWERTY keyboard layout, excellent design, and many other features that greatly helped Apple conquer the market.

LG Prada KE850

The touch screen phone won the Red Dot Design Award in 2007 and was named “Best of the Best”.

LG Voyager

This model was advertised by LG as a phone with iPhone features.

HTC Touch

HTC's response to the iPhone.

Nokia E90 Communicator

Has two full displays, business series.

Nokia N95

A distinctive feature of this popular Nokia smartphone was a double slider that opened in both directions. This Nokia smartphone was one of the first with GPS.

LG Shine

This phone also received the Red Dot award in 2007. It was also available in gold and titanium black colors.


iPhone 3G

The iPhone 3G was released in July 2008. It has become very widespread in Russia. In youth circles it is considered very fashionable to have an iPhone, probably because of its cost.

T-Mobile G1 phone

The G1 was the first phone to be released with a working Android system developed by Google. It is also known as HTC Dream. In April 2009, a million of these devices were sold.

Nokia N96

Nokia smartphone with GPS.



Nokia 5800 XpressMusic

This phone debuted in the movie The Dark Knight. Supposedly it is an “iPhone killer” and has a relatively low cost compared to its competitor.

BlackBerry Storm

This model acted as a direct competitor to the iPhone 3G and became the first phone produced by RIM without a QWERTY keyboard layout with a touch screen.

BlackBerry Bold

A compromise solution for those who want to have a Blackberry model with 3G technology and a QWERTY layout.

Nokia E63

Continuation of the E-series with a qwerty keyboard.

Nokia N79

The Nokia N79 has GPS, a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Tessar lenses and many other features.

HTC Touch Diamond

This attractive smartphone features a durable touchscreen capable of recognizing Asian letters.

Nokia E71

Nokia's steel body fits easily in the palm of your hand.

year 2009

Prada II or LG KF900

The second attempt of Prada, developed by LG. This model features a slide-out keyboard with a QWERTY layout.

LG Arena

The first phone produced by LG with a 3D S-Class type user interface. This interface is based on how the phone is facing the user,

HTC Magic

Another model from HTC with a working Android system developed by Google.

Nokia N97

The very best device from Nokia, which is crammed with every imaginable function, namely: a touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera, a qwerty keyboard, a screen with a resolution of 360x640, GPS, Wi-Fi and much more. Nokia's flagship.

iPhone 3GS

The letter S stands for Speed. The new product has a new processor, a 3-megapixel camera with autofocus, support for VGA video 30 frames per second, a digital compass and much more.

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