From the Motorola’s 80s DynaTAC brick to the Nokia 3310 rigid phone to the touch screens of the Apple’s and Samsung’s – these are the phones that matter the most in the history of mobile phones. It is really hard to filter a list of 20 phones which mattered the most in our life, but we have tried our best to do a research and come up with a list of most influential mobile phones which we can think of. Tag all the phones from this list which you have used, in the comments.
1. Motorola DynaTAC (1984)
The one that started it all. The DynaTAC was the first commercial mobile phone ever made and was released in 1984. It took 10 hours to charge, lasted for 30 minutes of talk-time, stored 30 numbers and cost $4,000 at the time, which is over $9,500 (£7,500) in today’s money.
2. Motorola StarTAC (1996)
The first clamshell phone, the StarTAC ushered in a new era of smaller flip and slider mobile phones. It cost $1,000, was an immediate success and starred in movies and TV shows for years.
3. Nokia Communicator (1996)
This marks the beginning of the Nokia era. The first ever commercial smartphone, the Nokia Communicator was years ahead of its time. With 8MB of storage – 4MB user accessible – and a clamshell design with screen and keyboard, it was capable of browsing the web, sending an email and fax, managing your personal information. The only thing it didn’t have were apps. It was a bit thick, though, at about 1.5 inches, and weighed almost 400g.
4. Nokia 6110 (1998)
This marks the era of handy and sleek phones by Nokia and at this time, phones were getting smaller and smaller and Nokia was the front runner in that category. 6110 had an external antenna which was a setback and it was solved with the release of 6210 without an external antenna in 2000.
5. Nokia 8210 (1999)
This phone was the sleekest at that time was loved for its size and customizable design but hated over time for its fading display.
6. Nokia 3310 (2000)
This is considered to be the BOSS of all mobile phones. Famous for its durability Xpress-On covers and a silent vibrate mode. It was also one of the first phones to combine three SMS messages into one long text message and had Snake and Space Impact which is considered to be the first mobile game.
7. Nokia 6610 (2002)
The Nokia 6610 is supposed to be the successful model of Nokia which featured a colour display. This is a handset by Nokia that uses the Series 40 platform and J2ME (Java).The device features text and picture messaging, a WAP browser, Stereo FM radio, Polyphonic ringtones and a 128×128, 4096-colour display. This phone does not have a camera which was a big letdown and then, later on, they updated it to 6610i which had a camera as well.
8. Nokia 1100 (2003)
This extremely popular design has sold over 200 million since its introduction in 2003. This phone is nicknamed as torch phone as it included a torchlight functionality and the phone was extremely light and durable. This phone is rumoured to have sold for up to $32,000 in online criminal communities due to its ability to intercept one-time banking passwords.
9. Nokia 6600 (2003)
Considered very advanced at the time of its introduction due to its Symbian OS-based Nokia Series 60 platform. It was considered to be having a big screen at that time which is favourable for browsing. It had a built-in camera and the Symbian OS was then considered the most feature rich and customizable OS with the availability of plenty of apps. This phone was a huge success and was considered as a status symbol at that times.
10. Sony P910i (2004)
Sony Ericsson P910i was an attractive flip smartphone with full internet connectivity. It had a foldable QWERTY keyboard, 256K Colours TFT resistive touch screen, stylus, Symbian OS v7.0, ProDuo card slot and what not. This was a future proof phone at that time.
11. Motorola RAZR V3 (2004)
The Moto Razr was the last great flip phone and turned mobile phones from a pocket gadget into a must-have fashion accessory. It was thinner and cooler than any other that came before it, with a metal shell and colour screen and even had a miniUSB port for charging and music. This phone featured iTunes software for managing music and files. The major let down in this phone is the OS if the phone is released in 2004, the OS seems to have made in the 90’s.
12. Nokia N73 (2006)
The N73 succeeded the N70 and packed in numerous multimedia features. This phone became one of the top-selling Nseries devices during 2006 and 2007 and was also the first smartphone in developing markets to gain major sales. It features a 3.2-megapixel autofocus camera and runs on Symbian v9.1 (S60 3rd Edition). N73 comes loaded with many software applications, including contacts, messaging, picture and video galleries, a music player, a Visual FM Radio, RealPlayer, an IM client, a WAP browser, a full web browser, a Microsoft Office document viewer, a PDF viewer, an Adobe Flash Lite viewer and some games. The majority of these applications support background execution which came up on iOS in late 2012.
13. Blackberry Curve (2007)
This phone marked a place for Blackberry in the mobile phone history. It took the Blackberry’s Pearl consumer-facing efforts, and ran with it, with a full keyboard, little roller ball that quickly got gummed up and even had a built-in camera. The phone was a huge success and was the businessmens favourite choice.
14. iPhone (2007)
This small step was a big leap for mankind. The world has not realised that it would be the most popular phone for decades when Steve Jobs displayed this phone in his hands. The phone featured an excellent design with an amazing display and touch screen.
15. Nokia 5800 XpressMusic (2008)
Nokia was trying to adapt to the present industry standards by introducing a touch enabled phone with a stylus. This was the first touchscreen-equipped S60 device by Nokia and was the first to run on the touch-specific Symbian v9.4 (S60 5th Edition). The music quality and durability are praiseworthy. But it had a poor quality screen which bends when touched with the stylus.
16. Samsung Galaxy (2010)
As Android has grown, Samsung has come to completely dominate it. This success is entirely built on Samsung’s Galaxy brand which has encompassed over 50 separate devices starting with this phone. The original Samsung Galaxy S was released in the summer of 2010 and it has sold over 24 million units worldwide. As a high-end, premium Android smartphone, it packed a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch display, and a 5-megapixel camera. The reception was good and it was widely considered as credible competition for the HTC Desire and the iPhone 4.
17. iPhone 4 (2010)
The iPhone 4 introduced a new hardware design to the iPhone family, which Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs touted as the thinnest smartphone in the world at the time; it consisted of a stainless steel frame which doubles as an antenna, with internal components situated between chemically strengthened aluminosilicate glass. The iPhone 4 also introduced Apple’s new high-resolution “Retina Display”; while maintaining the same physical size and aspect ratio as its precursors, its liquid crystal display had a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. The phone comes with a 3.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 640 pixels by 960 pixels at a PPI of 326 pixels per inch. It comes with 512MB of RAM. The phone packs 8GB of internal storage & cannot be expanded. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Apple iPhone 4 packs a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel front camera.
18. Samsung Galaxy Nexus (2011)
This was a device standing for Google and Samsung, offering a great Android solution for the ones that were not so charmed by iPhones and not among those Apple fanboys. Galaxy Nexus was the first hint that Apple had some important competition down the lane. It didn’t win that year, but later with the next smartphones, it would totally feed the leadership dispute. In fact, Galaxy Note smartphones would bright up the difference between both brands and it would also change future display sizes. This model featured a high-definition (1280 × 720) Super AMOLED display with a Dragontrail curved glass surface, an improved camera, and was the first Android version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device. The Galaxy Nexus has no physical buttons on the front but instead features on-screen soft keys embedded into the system software.
19. Samsung Galaxy Note II (2012)
The successor to Galaxy Note, Note 2 was a phone which was a huge success, by selling over 5 million units within only its first two months of availability. This was another future proof phone which features a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, a screen with 1280×720 resolution, a 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos CPU, 2 GB RAM, an 8 MP rear camera and 1.9MP front camera.The Galaxy Note II was supposed to be available in 16 GB and 32 GB storage capacity variants, each expandable by up to an additional 64 GB with a microSD card. S-Pen: pressure-sensitive S Pen is slightly thicker than in the original Galaxy Note, and a feature marketed as Air View allows a user to preview content by hovering the pen over the content, similar to the hover box feature of a mouse on some desktop computers.
20. One Plus 3T (2016)
OnePlus, a company which is quite young in the Mobile Phones market is famous for its high-quality devices and the latest of the lot is this phone. The OnePlus 3T has 6 GB of RAM, the option of 64 or 128 GB of storage, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor that can support the new Daydream VR headset from Google.The OnePlus 3T now comes with options for 64 GB of storage or 128 GB of storage.It includes NFC and the same fast finger scanner which can unlock the device in approximately 0.3 seconds. The phone has quick charging capabilities named Dash Charge with the ability to gain 60% of the charge in 30 minutes. The phone comes with a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and a bigger 3400 mAh battery.