Smartphone 20 years old

August 19, 2014

This week marks the 20th birthday of the smart phone.

The first ever smartphone was a chunky, black box that had very limited features. It was called the IBM Simon.

The IBM Simon went on sale to the public on 16 August 1994 and combined mobile phone technology with a wide range of computing features.

Simon only had one hour’s battery life – so it wasn’t very successful”

Since then smartphones have reduced in size while increasing their power and functionality.

It is estimated there are just under 2 billion smartphones users in the world today.

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I cant believe they are so old!

pointview school is awesome! i'm not kidding



Wow! Only one hour battery life, limited features, I wonder if they even had text on there? Probs not. But it would be cool to have one of those phones. "Hey! I have one of the very first Smartphones ever invented".
Hahah! love it!