Remember when mobile phones were cutting edge and looked like something out of the future?

Ericsson_T28_02The Ericsson T28.

With its flip down communicator style, you could be forgiven for thinking you were using a device quite literally beamed from the future.

In fact, this phone was launched in 1999 but was just 15mm slim and weighed just 83g,

It might have had a big antenna sticking out the top, but to be honest it didn’t matter.

The looks said it all.

DynaTAC8000XDynaTAC 8000X

This phone was 10 years in the making. A prototype was demonstrated way back in 1973, but it wasn’t until 1983 that it became commercially available.

The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x cost a whopping $3,995 (around £2597.62).

It weighed in at 1.75lbs and stored 13 inches high. Oh and it could store an impressive 40 numbers.

But it was the first commercial handheld mobile phone, making it the granddaddy of that device that you may be using right now to read this blog.


The Motorola Razr

A supreme version of the clamshell design in a phone, which was massively popular.

This sold more than 130 million units between 2003 and 2007.

The clam shell design featured a keyboard and a screen that you had to flip open to use.

Most phones today are of the rectangular block-like design.

It makes you hanker after the old days…

All9xxxThe Nokia communicator

It looks like an old-school phone, but wait.

Open it up and it turns into a dinky little computer complete with tiny keyboard and second screen.

Simply awesome when this range was introduced in 1996.

First_Generation_Motorola_StarTAC_cellular_phoneMotorola StarTAC

Apparently inspired by Star Trek’s communicator, this phone is one that consistently shows up as one of the best loved phones.

It’s been attributed as being the first ever clamshell phone.

It was launched in 1996.

One of the features was that it had a vibrate alert.

This list is by no means exhaustive and there may other phones that you would have on your list, but what it does show is how much mobile phones have become a central part of our lives.

Sources:, InformationWeek, Business Insider,,,

Photo credits (in order): Ericsson_mobil.jpg:Holger.Ellgaard at de.wikipedia; Redrum0486 via Wikepedia Commons; Peterwhy at en.wikipedia [Public domain]; R@y at de.wikipedia; Nkp911m500 via Wikimedia Commons

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