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Cell Phone Turns 40 — the Evolution from Brick to Slick

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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.

1972
1
A “portable radio phone”, the precursor to the first real “cell phone.”

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1973
2
The first real cell phone being held by its creator, Martin Cooper.

1986
3
AKA known as the “Zach Morris phone” a la “Saved by the Bell.

1989
4
The first “flip phone.” It retailed for nearly $3,500.

1996
5
A thinner, sleeker looking flip phone.

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1997
6
Considered the first smart phone, but retailed as a “digital phone.”

2000
7
The millennial phone, now with color.

2000
8
The iconic Nokia.

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2006
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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.

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