Mobile phones, from the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X to the iPhone

January 13th, 2007

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The first phone call made from a mobile device took place back in 1973, when Dr. Martin Cooper, inventor of the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X tested his prototype in the streets of New York. Ten years later, in 1983, the first ever mobile phone was available to everybody. The weight and size of the phone (0.8 kilograms and 25.4 centimeters) made it close to impossible to carry the phone around, so it was mainly used in cars.

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That was almost 25 years ago. Now, the hottest thing that everybody is talking about is the iPhone. If on the first phone ever you could just speak, the iPhone does far more than that. It is the first ever cellphone with a multi-touch touchscreen. It runs on a small OS X, and it’s got a great variety of applications. Another cool thing it has is another battery, apart from the phone one (which grants you up to 5 hours of video watching, talking or browsing), which allows you to listen up to 16 hours of music, on the integrated iPod.

Another major difference is the price. The Motorola DynaTAC cost about $4,000, in 1983. Now, the most expensive iPhone goes for $600.

The iPhone isn’t the best phone out there, but it surely is the most advanced and filled with technology, no matter what people say. As the Motorola was in its own time, the iPhone is groundbreaking.






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Comments

  1. Adrian Abonce:

    “It is the first ever cellphone with a multi-touch touchscreen.”

    No, it is not.
    There have been several phones with touchscreen for years in the market.

  2. ft:

    MULTI TOUCH touchscreen…. duh!

  3. Me:

    Martin Cooper did not INVENT the DynaTAC – he was part of a team that developed the concept. If you look up the patent you will see this. The list of names is in alphabetical order too. For the real story – go to the Motorola website. http://www.motorola.com/content.jsp?globalObjectId=7662-10813

    Stop perpetuating the false story.

  4. Brian Ensheiwat:

    I agree with the guy named “Me” The Multi-touch youchscreen has been invented like 2 years ago, i mean there is a GPS system that is a phone and a GPS system, bit similar to the iPhone. So for the people whos disagreeing, you guys are wrong.

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