Smartphones are on the way to becoming everywhere – everyone seems to have one already. What’s more, there is no evidence that indicates that their popularity is to fall quickly at any time. It was not always so nice, of course. In fact, the term “smart phone” did not even exist until the late 90’s. That was a time when smart phones only a small part of the things that their modern counterparts might be doing. Still, if primitive (by today’s standards) as they were, they paved the way paving the way for a number of influential mobile devices, they change the game, curious to learn more about the first smartphones ? Okay, rewind back to allow a few decades back and see how it all started.
The first concepts of “Touchscreen phone”
Extending the functionality of the humble phone away from the bubble is an old idea. Take for example the concept of a device that can serve both a desk phone and a digital assistant. Designed with a touch screen interface, it was very advanced for its time, and judging by the images, using included things like the issuing of checks and storing contact information. This smartphone class was conceptualized by a German company in 1983 called frog design. The customer was Apple Computers, as you can surely see the old school logo. Unfortunately, these types of smart phones have never been released commercially, but their existence, albeit at a conceptual level, will show that even 30 years ago, people saw potential in a device that combines both phone and PDA features. They had to spend another nine years before a set of mobile phone to materialize this description. And it was not made by Apple.
The IBM Simon
This is the IBM Personal Communicator Simon, often referred to as the first ever smartphone. A prototype was introduced in 1992, but it was not until two years later when the Bell-South mobile terminal in the United States issued for $ 899 with a two-year contract or $ 1099 without commitment.
Simply put, the IBM Simon was a mobile phone with PDA features – something that business users very excited about to have been about. Simon offered public services such as a calendar, a world clock, and a scheduler appointment, which can send and receive emails, could exchange faxes through his 9,600 bps modem, and was even technically capable of running applications Third parties that are stored in a memory card or in the 1 MB of internal memory. This relatively large screen on the front is a black and white, backlit touch screen with a resolution of 160 by 293 pixels. Using the pen on hand, you can draw and draw with the introduction of handwritten text, although our idea is that the accuracy of the last function was disappointing.
More than 50,000 units were sold in the United States until February 1995 when the carrier stopped Simon.
The Ericsson R380
But while IBM Simon was, technically, the first mobile device available on the market that could be called a smartphone, which was not intended as such. The first Touchscreen phone ever launched by the term “smartphone” was the Ericsson R380, which hit the market in 2000 at a price of around $ 700. It was also the first Touchscreen with the then new Symbian operating system.
Unlike other smartphones at the time, the Ericsson R380 was about the size and weight of a normal mobile phone. It weighed only 164 grams, while the Nokia 9210 Communicator, in comparison, a 244-gram brick. The form factor made an interesting device as well. The R380 features a standard numeric keypad, a large restrictive touchscreen unveiled when it opened.
As for features, the Ericsson R380 was loaded with an array of organizational functions, such as a calendar, to-do list, world clock, voice notes, and contact manager. It also includes an infrared port for data exchange and provides a built-in modem to access the Internet through the WAP phone browser. The exchange of emails back and forth was also in the feature set. However, as advanced as it was for its time, the R380 could install any additional applications.