The worlds first smartphone is now two decades old

IBM logoThe worlds first smartphone celebrated its 20th birthday yesterday. The IBM Simon Personal Communicator hit the shelves in the United States on August 16, 1994.

Naturally, IBM Simon wasnt called a smartphone back in the day the term didnt exist then. IBM sold around 50,000 units of the device, which was able to operate within a network of 15 US states.

IBM Simon was particularly popular in the business community. The handset offered software applications, calendar, email, as well as the ability to connect to a fax machine. It could make phone calls too.

The worlds first smartphone is now two decades old

The gadgets hardware features included a green LCD display and pen stylus. The weight of the entire setup was a whopping 500 grams more than an iPad Air.

Battery life of the IBM Simon was less than stealer. Its price tag on the other hand was a whopping $899 thats over $1400 in todays money when you factor in inflation.

Despite its limited success, IBM Simon surely inspired other manufacturers in terms of design. We couldnt help bit think of Ericsson R380 when we looked at Big Blues creation. Sony Ericsson subsequently also featured improved, but similar setup in the Symbian-toting P800, P900, and P990.

Source: GSMArena

Tags: smartphones

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1180 will be Turing-based with a 12nm FinFET die shrink
 
This only works on posts made by profiles that are public
 
 
The device will be standalone and based on a Qualcomm chipset
 
Apple plans on offering a cheaper smart speaker that will be priced at $199
 
Chrome will adopt a new approach to indicating site security
 
Data shows they are leading smartphone sale worldwide
 
Is this an error or it is really happening?
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (10)