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Evolution of the Mobile Phones over the Last 10 Years

Phones have always been changing, but have you realised how drastic some of these changes have been? Read our blog post on the evolution of the mobile phone over the past decade.

The evolution of mobile phones over the last 10 years is fascinating and demonstrates just how much our world has changed.  Almost everybody on the planet, regardless of age or gender, now owns a mobile of some description.  And if you have ever lost or even forgotten your mobile, you will know how naked you feel without one.  Let’s take a look at how things have changed over the past 10 years.


2003 was all about the clam shell phone.  This meant that mobiles could use more than just one screen.  It had a big screen on the inside, which you would reach by flipping your device, but it also had a small screen on the front that told you who was calling, what time it was and so on.


2004 was all about the Motorola, who released the thinnest phone yet.  It really was believed that this was as good as mobiles were every going to get, as it came with fab features like a VGA camera, as well as the dual screen.


2005 was game changing when Sony released their Walkman phone.  This was the first time that a phone started to become more than just a phone.  It was even able to carry a memory stick for extra songs.


One year later, it was all about the gadget.  Phones were personality extensions all of a sudden.  For instance, the LG Chocolate was all about style rather than functionality.


2007 was the year of Apple and the day the first Apple iPhone released.  It was advanced, it was a smartphone and it was touchscreen, plus it came with its own operating system!


Things went further from here on.  We wanted mobile phones to do even more and to basically become a computer.  In came the HTC G1, with QWERTY keyboard, which was the first Android phone.


From this year onwards, mobiles started to grow in size again, because people wanted a bigger screen.  Touchscreens were released on Android.


This year didn’t really see anything new, except that they became slightly more futuristic in design.  The Motorola Backflip is a really good example of how user functionality was increased as well.


The touchscreen once again became popular and the real winner here was the Samsung Galaxy SII.  This had a touchscreen, an amazing camera, beautiful screen and an Android operating system.  Besides this, it was less than 1cm thick and does everything a mobile and a computer can do.

Over the past two years, the mobile phone market has been more about updating the existing, with the latest new development, by Sony, being a phone that is waterproof and dustproof.