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How Mobile Phones have Evolved since the 90’s

Mobile phones have become a crucial part of our daily life. Almost everyone – from spotty teenagers to grey haired old men all use them. Mobile phones we see now didn’t look like this earlier, instead they were something totally different, something you wouldn’t even think of having around you or using in the way we do now.

Improved technology has made a great change in the history of mobile phones, transforming the huge brick-like mobile phones of 90’s to sleek smartphones we carry now. Let’s take a look back to the past and look at how phones developed from the bulky brick look to today’s almost fasion accessory smartphones.


In 1995 mobile phones were,huge and bulky and of course analogue so a truly awful tool to communicate. Text message was a no no, this came much later.


In 1996, mobile phones became more defined and better looking than how they were before. Antennas were shortened and the designs modified; the features were also upgraded. The Nokia 9000 was one of the most popular phones of that time.


In 1997 the antennas vanished from the mobile phones, giving an improved look than before. This enhancement also saved space and marked the introduction of internal antennas.


Although antennas were removed from most mobile phones by 1998 there are still some of them who retained antennas and changed the typical colour of black to vibrant coloured cases instead. The Nokia 5110 which was launched in 1998 and was available in a variety of colours to choose from. Funny how now we all but different coloured cases and skins for our phones – a trend set in the 90’s.


In 1999, mobile phones were given a more compact look. The Nokia 3210, with cool colours, internal antenna and better graphics in a much smaller package than previous phones.


In 2000, the world’s first touchscreen phone came out. Although it didn’t have advanced touchscreen technology like today’s units, but at that time it was a huge craze and the introduction of a promising technology. Motorola launched a simple black and white touchscreen, allowing easier access to various features than before.


2001 was the birth year of the world’s first monochromatic display cell phone, and with that we wave goodbye to the old and boring black display. The Nokia 8250, which had a single colour display, for example the background was not the same grey background anymore, it had backgrounds of different colours like blue, which along with the compact design made this Nokia a great choice for everyone.


In 2002, technology made another huge change in the history of mobiles, putting a great full colour display and integrating camera to mobile phones, producing the world’s first camera-phone. The Nokia 7650 had a sliding mode, features a great colour display and a 0.3MP camera (sounds crazy) allowing you to snap pictures on the move. I seem to remember this was nicknamed the banana phone?


In 2003, the clam shell phone very much like the Samsung S300 above was introduced. mobile phones are no longer limited to single screen. This model has a small screen on the outside to notify calls and text messages coming in, and a big screen on the inner for the user to type messages and carry out other functions of the phone. I remember having one on the Orange network and it was one of the coolest phones to have at the time!


2004 gave rise to the one of the slimmest cell phone of the time, created by Motorola. The Motorola V3, which was in a class of its own, bearing stunning looks, a slim shape, dual screen, VGA Camera and lots of other exciting features. mobiles have come a long way from bricky, bulky to stylish sleek that can fit in your shirt pocket. Surely we’ve reached the pinnacle of phone evolution? I know that’s not true, but it makes you think how quickly technology moves and what on earth can be next???


In 2005, Sony unveiled the world’s first Walkman phone, and the W800i was truly an amazing phone definitive of the series. The Sony W800i was built for delivering great music and with dedicated buttons for music playback, Memory Stick support, which made it a great gadget for enjoying music anytime on the go. And it still serves all the main purpose of a phone. Funny that we think of Apple and iTunes as leading this technology, yet it was Sony’s baby.


In 2006, mobile phones were transforming with into a stylish gadget. It began its new role as an accessory to mark the personality of the owner, to make a statement of what defines one’s preferences, likes and dislikes. The LG Chocolate, was a great example of how cellphone designers are putting style in the forefront of phone design.


In 2007, Apple, a well respected brand of computer unveiled the Apple iPhone, which was the world’s first advanced touchscreen smartphone. It’s the first phone to have an operating system, the iOS, and by enabling apps to run on the phone, it had allowed mobiles to become the primary mobile device of use. Having an iPhone became a source of pride in 2007 and now it’s exactly the same with the iPhone 5.


In 2008, as dependence on the laptop as a necessary tool for work increase, mobile phones undergo transformation to become the device to have with you on-the-go. The HTC G1, which was a slider phone that hides a full QWERTY keypad beneath its large screen, runs on the Android OS.


In 2009, mobile phones can still fit in your palm but the screens get bigger and bears higher resolutions for high performance display. The Motorola Milestone carries a large touchscreen, full QWERTY Keypad and ran on Android OS, delivering advanced features to work with.


In 2010, mobile phones were transformed yet again. Have you ever imagined that you could see a phone evolving from the typical brick type heavy phones in the past? The Motorola Backflip, which featured a new kind of form, allowing the user to flip the screen on the back of the phone for easy working.


2011 marked the return of the touchscreen which dominated the mobile gadget scene with its powerful hardware and sleek looks. The Samsung Galaxy S lll which has just about all the things that a phone and its owner needs in this modern age. It has an 8MP camera and AMOLED Display, runs on the Android OS, is less than 1 cm thick, supports web browsing, calls and has an in-built GPS. This was the phone to beat in 2011.


In 2012, we have the Nokia Lumia 800, which runs on the Windows 7 Mobile Edition OS. No one could have imagined that in a mere 17 years, mobile phones could have made the leap from just being the alternative to landlines to becoming a computer, GPS, radio and our lifeline to the Internet, and still be able to fit in your pocket.

Mobile phones have evolved a lot in terms of their form, performance and features, and will continue to evolve more and more in the future. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us on the next evolutionary stage of mobile phones – flexible screen phones, watch phones, transparent screen phones? Watch this space!! It’s going to be great to see what 2013 will bring, we’ve already seen the Samsung Galaxy S4, the HTC One and maybe this year an iPhone 5S or 6?!

Of course, back in the 90’s when mobiles were starting to evolve, battery power was not an issue as without GPS, texting and social media checking batteries lasted a lot longer. The BIG problem with the devices of today is battery life. We have all become so attached to our devices that a flat battery half way through the working day can be a huge problem. This is why PowerPackXL is a device that is your phones best friend. It’s a portable Unit no bigger than your phone that can charge it when your on the go! It packs a HUGE punch and can charge your phone upto 4 times from flat! It’s rechargeable via the mains or your USB port on any PC so convenient to use too! To find out more and see why you really don’t want to leave the house without one, visit our website



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