On April 3rd, 1973, Marty Cooper, an engineer from Motorola, placed the first ever phone call over a cellphone as he walked down 6th avenue in Manhattan. Cooper decided to call then rival Joel Engel of Bell Labs. "Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone."
The cellphone he used, a Motorola DynaTAC 8000x pictured above, was quite enormous and heavy. Measuring over 10 inches in length, and weighing in at 2.5 lbs, it definitely wasn't the most comfortable thing to hold. Battery life was also pretty atrocious as it lasted an unfathomable 20 minutes.
Fast-forward to 2013 and cellphones couldn't be more different. Truthfully, the word cellphone sounds a bit strange now with the smartphone becoming the dominant force in the wireless device market.
Cellphones went from being massive to being so razor thin they can easily get lost in our cars, purses, etc. Cellphone weight has also decreased tremendously. Most smartphones nowadays are around 4 ounces; a fraction of the 2.5 lbs the original Motorola DynaTAC weighed.
Low prices, fast download, and upload speeds, long lasting battery life, great screen resolution, and voice quality are givens in today's world. One does wonder what the norm will be in 10 years, when we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first cellphone call instead. I know I'm definitely looking forward to finding out.