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The smartphone turned 20 years old this weekend

0. phoneArena 25 Nov 2012, 19:34 posted on

IBM’s Simon Personal Communicator was unveiled before the world on November 23, 1992, $899 on a two-year contract...

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posted on 25 Nov 2012, 19:53 16

1. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Nice one,IBM.
what?a 4.5 inch display at that
time?....
anyway,thumbs up for all users.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 20:35 14

9. metalpoet (unregistered)


4.5 inch display and apple JUST NOW has finally gotten the idea of making their screens 4 inches, oh wow what a genious thought Apple!

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:24 2

13. hwaism (Posts: 10; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


yeah.. i got my 10 inch for my phone ad.. apple so outdated right?

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 19:57 27

2. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I see rounded corners... Don't tell apple

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:15 5

12. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No kidding man, I love how my old Walkman was round corners with candy bar style, and the Walkman line up was in place long before the iphone appeared!

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 20:00 5

3. tedkord (Posts: 4529; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Lies. Its only about 6 years old.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 20:20 2

6. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


hahahahaha. so you mean to say that this actually is a competitor to n73? :)))

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:33 3

14. -box- (Posts: 3752; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Wow, 3 people didn't get the sarcasm?!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 05:20

24. TheOldOne (Posts: 80; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


actually I think they got it... just that they don't like it LOL

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 20:11 3

4. Birds (Posts: 975; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


It surprises me how they went from making cellphones as small as possible to making the biggest screen possible...

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 20:12 5

5. blingblingthing (Posts: 424; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


"The display was a 4.5-inch, black and white 160x293 LCD unit which allowed for input via stylus."

Input by a STYLUS? this is grounds to be added by Apple in a lawsuit guys.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 20:22 1

8. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


and calling, asha 305 and so one, not a smartphone. That's cute.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:35

15. -box- (Posts: 3752; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


By your logic, we may as well call any phone that can access email or the internet a smartphone, right? Then almost all most modern phones are smartphones.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 22:13 2

17. archeryhunter1993 (Posts: 17; Member since: 09 Dec 2011)


Basically, just about any phone that can access internet on the go is a smartphone on some level.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 03:55

23. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


@-box- YES PLEASE. The thing is, we label smartphones depending on their specifications. But the truth is, any phone as of now is a smartphone.

@archeryhunter, you got that right.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 10:50

26. -box- (Posts: 3752; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Perhaps, or if we differentiate between basic phones (no email/internet, no touchscreen, no physical QWERTY keyboard, candy bar or flip style body), feature/messaging phones (touchscreens &/or QWERTY keyboards, basic internet functions but no WiFi) and smartphones (all the goodies) and understand the levels, we can keep the definitions up-to-date. Much like how more advanced options and features in cars eventually trickle down to even the basic vehicles, we don't call a new basic car with multiple airbags and CD players luxury cars, but 20 years ago that would have been reserved for the high-end luxury set..

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 21:45 1

16. Mobilephile (Posts: 69; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


I would kill a fanboy to own this.

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 22:18 1

18. Johnnokia (Posts: 493; Member since: 27 May 2012)


The great reign of Motorola and Nokia.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 00:23 1

19. Troysyx (Posts: 138; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Wait, how's is that possible? Apple didn't make a phone twenty years ago? *he says with heavy sarcasm*

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 06:46 1

25. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I see a home and back button on screen buttons. This thing was ahead of its time. Looks like IBM is another company that doesnt get enough credit in the smartphone world.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 10:53

27. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


899 Plus a two year contract? Damn There must me something wrong there with whoever put the price on Bellsouth

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