The Evolution of the Cell Phone

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Dec 2, 2018 · 2 min read

This article is written by Daegen Asfaha. Daegen is a third-year English Major at the University of Washington.

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The Beginning of Cell Phones

In a society where everyone is constantly on their screens, it is easy to forget that mobile technology has come a long way through the years. The first mobile call was made in New York in 1973 when an engineer at Motorola, Martin Cooper, called a different telephone company informing them he was using a mobile phone. In 1983, The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X became the first commercial brand name cell phone that was made available in stores. Through the advancement of technology, cell phones started appearing and evolving ever since. The first cell phones were bulky brick-like devices with antennas and became sleeker and more stylish over time. Initially, cell phones were limited to calling but as the years went on new features were added such as mobile network, emailing, texting, cameras, and mp3. People went from using Motorola’s and Nokias to blackberry’s and Razrs and finally, androids and iPhones.


Many other advancements have been made to cell phones as well. These include GPS, touch screens, data roaming, camera quality, texting, physique, and more. Phones with these special features are known as “Smartphones”. Smartphones took over the market completely in the late 2000s. Smartphones can access the internet and over a million apps available on their app stores. Social media apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, and twitter are huge with millennials and are a big reason why smartphones are so popular. With the smartphone being capable of doing so much, sales of iPods and MP3 players fell off as a consequence. Currently, iOS and Android take up the most percentage in US smartphone operating system market.

The Future

Mobile phones have become a crucial part of our everyday lives. According to statistics, 95 percent of Americans own a cell-phone. In terms of the future of mobile communication, phones are getting, wider, lighter and more powerful. Compared to the cell phones of the past, it is obvious that people tend to take the technologies of today for granted. The vast improvement in mobile technology gives us more options in how we approach our lives and gives us the luxury of convenience. As technological breakthroughs continue to be made, it will be exciting to see the next evolutionary stages of mobile devices as the years go on.

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