Evolution of Cellphones, Mobile Phones, and Smartphones

Mobile phones have come a long way since Billy Bob Thornton held one in the Armageddon movie in 1998. The original cellphones were pretty much used only for calling, with only the occasional snake game. Then came the ones with color screens, more games, a mediocre camera, and some audio capability. People started checking their email, surfing the web, and listening to iTunes with the iPhone 4. This was the first stage when people had the feeling that they were carrying a small computer in their pockets. No longer did they need to bring their laptops on business trips as they could reply to emails on the fly.


With the latest release of the LG G6, people with small hands can now still carry a rocket in their pocket and not have it push against their hips when sitting. The screen is a close-to-movie 18:9 (or 2:1). Besides having a mini TV in your hands, multi-taskers can conveniently split the top half of their screen for email viewing, while typing down a calendar reminder in the lower half. You can also conveniently switch between a regular camera and a wide-angle lens, which may be as wide as your peripheral vision. You can drop the phone in 1.5m of freshwater for 30 minutes and not have a problem. If you drop it in your saltwater fish tank, however, not only will your clownfish bite on it, your warranty may be rendered useless. As that isn’t part of the testing during manufacturing. You may think waterproofing is a luxury feature, but it’s not to a person who has to take work site photos on a rainy day.

The photo below shows a selective timeline of mobile phone evolution from 2001 to 2017.

The Sony Ericsson T68i deserves an honorable mention for its sturdiness.

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