Big things have small beginnings. And you would have to think really hard to name a bigger thing in computing technology than smartphones. These handy gadgets at actually driving the industry forward, in more ways than one.
Although first conceptualized in the early 70s, the first recorded use of the term smartphone is in 1997 by Ericsson. Several other companies pioneered these devices throughout the 90s.
But it was only in the late 90s when PDA (personal digital assistant) devices came about — and these form the very backbone of the modern mobile operating systems. PalmOS, BlackBerry OS and Microsoft’s very own Windows CE (and Pocket PC) were soon ruling the roost.
Mass acceptance around the globe came after 1999, however, with BlackBerry leading the charge.
That was soon followed by the first generation iPhone, Android, and then finally Windows Phone. In between that thought Microsoft tried to work wonders with the touch interface and platforms like Pocket PC and Windows Mobile.
Now, however, these devices are truly mainstream. You can find an entry level smartphone for less than the price of a midrange feature phone from a couple of seasons ago.
So much so that even Microsoft and Nokia are now targeting the low and midrange segments of the market, and for good reason too. More than 1 billion smartphones shipped in 2013, making up 55 percent of the overall mobile phone market.
But enough about glorious history and magnificent statistics — it is time to hear your wonderful story.
What was your first smartphone? Was it the outstanding Nokia 9000 or the superb XDA? Or have you been a forerunner in this domain and owned a PDA? An iPhone, maybe, or one of the early Android devices? Or have you migrated from a feature phone to a shiny new Windows Phone recently?
This is the place to talk about your first ever smartphone. Let’s hear it!