Happy birthday, cell phones. The item that never leaves many of our hands daily and nightly turns 40 today.
The Verge reports:
On April 3, 1973, Motorola engineer Marty Cooper placed the first public call from a cell phone. In midtown Manhattan, Cooper called Joel Engel — head of rival research department Bell Labs — saying “Joel, this is Marty. I’m calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.” The call was placed on a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x, which weighed 2.5 pounds, a far cry from today’s 4-ounce handsets.
Since then, cell phones have undergone a visibly startling evolution.
Check out the photos below.
A “portable radio phone”, the precursor to the first real “cell phone.”
The first real cell phone being held by its creator, Martin Cooper.
AKA known as the “Zach Morris phone” a la “Saved by the Bell.
The first “flip phone.” It retailed for nearly $3,500.
A thinner, sleeker looking flip phone.
Considered the first smart phone, but retailed as a “digital phone.”
The millennial phone, now with color.
The iconic Nokia.
Right before the dawn of the iPhone, the Palm was pushed into extinction by Apple.
Images via CNN. For a further, more detailed description of cell phone evolution, check out their article here.