As the world rapidly moves on and looks for the latest technology in mobile phones, let us take a look at some of the old handsets that were hugely popular in their time
BANGALORE, INDIA: Large display, touch-screen, 3G and 4G, 10 mega-pixel camera (or more), and latest operating systems are some of the things one looks for in a mobile phone these days. But there was a time when all these features were unheard of.
Not so long ago, one did not care much about the features of a mobile phone as long as they could make calls using it. The mobile phone, which is now no less than a computer, was used for the purpose of calling and texting only.
Let us go down memory lane, and take a look at five mobile phones that we hardly get to see anymore.
Motorola DynaTAC 8000x
Designed by Dr. Martin Cooper, Motorola DynaTac was the first mobile to be made commercially available and went on sale on March 6, 1983. Priced at $3995, it offered 30 minutes of talk-time and 8 hours of stand-by time. It was manufactured by Motorola from 1983 to 1994. Although it was hugely popular in its time, the production was stopped after smaller versions of the phone were unveiled.
The mobile phone, announced by Panasonic in 2001, offered 2 to 4 hours of talk-time and allowed sending and receiving of SMS. It was available in three colors: white, black and blue. The phone had the capacity to store 50 contacts in its phone book and the call records could display ten received, dialed and missed calls.
Nokia 3210 & 3310
Nokia 3210 and 3310 were hugely popular mobile phones with nearly 160 million and 126 million units sold, respectively. While Nokia 3210 was one of the first mobile phones to feature an internal antenna, Nokia 3310 was popular for text messaging as it allowed long messages three times the size of a standard SMS. Even though the phones are no longer manufactured, they are still popular for their sturdiness and people prefer the mobile phones for rough use.
Siemens S45 was the first GPRS (General packet radio service) phone produced by Siemens. Announced in 2001, the mobile phone was available in two colors: silver and sapphire blue. The phone also had 360 KB of internal memory.
Motorola Razr V3
Released in 2004, the Motorla Razr V3 was widely popular for its aluminum body, sleek design and fashionable looks. Owning a V3 was considered to be a style statement. One of the main attractions of the V3 was the mini USB port for battery charging and headphone. After the success of the matte black version of the V3, the hot pink version mainly targeted at women was unveiled. Motorola is known to have sold over 130 million units of the Razr V3. The mobile phones are apparently still available in the market.