If I were a Canadian, I would be proud this week. But I am not so I’ll do what all non-Canadians are doing – pass on the latest Blackberry with a polite nod. However, if I were to make a list of devices that ruled the roost from the past ten years, Blackberry would certainly make the cut. Here’s a short list of devices that will take you on a trip down memory lane of when the phone was a little less than an appendage.
iPhone 5: Arguably the most talked about device! It’s almost easier to list what this phone cannot do. I hope that one of the next five editions can help program and drive a car (Google driverless cars to be priced at $300,000 I hear). Also, standing in line at 4 a.m. for the iPhone 6 is easier than passing a driving test in California, again arguably.
BlackBerry 9700: For the longest time, BlackBerry marked the professional who has ‘arrived,’ thanks to its top-of-the-line mobile email and text messaging. The BBM pin, which formed a close-knit world of BlackBerry users, was the berry on the cake. Although, right now, the Blackberry PR team is waging an uphill battle with Marissa Mayer since she threw a blanket ban on Blackberry’s within the Yahoo campus.
Nokia 9000i Communicator: Though not technically the first ever smart phone, the Nokia 9000i Communicator signaled the era of modern smartphones. The phone’s physical configurations were considered novel. Users could open it in a horizontal clamshell fashion to reveal a wide LCD screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. The 9000i is certainly a front runner amongst phones that we wish could double up as a movie player.
Moto Razr V3: The very sleek Moto Razr meant suave and debonair in the early 2000’s. This model shown above met with “size zero” standards among cell phones. Not to mention, it could be folded in half when not in use.
Nokia 6230: Back in the day, as some of us can testify, all cell phones were equipped with antennas that stuck out in aesthetically unpleasing ways. Nokia engineers found a way around that by designing a flat antenna that could hide inside the phone. Result: Phones now found a place in the back pocket without being a “sore thumb.”
Zack Morris or the Motorola Dynatac 8000X cellular phone: The enormous, gray, brick-sized phone, popularized by the character Zack Morris in ‘Saved by the Bell’ was the first cellular phone to receive FCC acceptance in 1983. DYNATAC is an acronym for “Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage.” Of note, the DYNATAC could manage just about 60 minutes of talk time under ideal conditions. The Dynatac is apparently one of the best sellers on eBay.
Motorola M900 ‘the bag phone:’ Thanks to a hefty battery, the superior range of the bag phone allowed users to talk on the phone even if they were not close to a receiving tower. Even though this phone could be carried around in a bag, its use was mainly restricted to cars. Surprise! This phone is not much smaller the TV our grandparents had.
Cell phones are now more indispensable than toothbrush. From Motorola DYNATAC, the power symbol that Michael Douglas wielded so forcefully in the movie “Wall Street”, to Siri, a faithful PDA, dear phone, you deserve a salute!
Chiku Somaiya (@chitraangada) is an account executive at Airfoil, a high-tech PR and marcomm firm with offices in Silicon Valley, Detroit and London.