Phones came and went. But some linger in our memories because of what they represented, what they changed and how they altered our perception of these devices. Today we look at smartphones as our iPhones and Samsungs, with nothing much other than a screen and a button or two. But it wasn’t like that always.
The first “smartphone”
So way before we had the first smartphone, we had the Nokia 9000 Communicator. It was a smartphone even before we coined the term. It rolled all the features of a PC into a single handheld phone by incorporating email, web browsing, fax, word processing and spreadsheets. And just FYI, it did all this much before BlackBerry became the staple symbol of the mobile professional.
Nokia Communicator 9000
In 1996, Nokia (at the height of its creativity in terms of design) presented the world with the Nokia Communicator. An absolute powerhouse for its time, the device came with 8MB of memory and a 33MHz processor running on Nokia’s own GEOS (pre-Symbian) OS. The Communicator could read and edit Microsoft files just like your desktop PC.