The modern generation of users is not aware of the evolution smartphones have gone through in past. Earliest smartphones didn’t have GB-memories. They didn’t have GPS, full-fledged internet connectivity and Wi-Fi too. Many of them only have single digit of MB storage. 8 MB of memory was sufficient for running OS, system apps and storing user-data.
The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was the first smartphone to include telephone and PDA features in one device; however, it was not called smartphone that time.
It was officially released in public on 16 August 1994. The first app developed for this device was DispatchIt, as a Remote Desktop software worth $2,999 for the host PC software and $299 for each Simon software client.
Features include making-receiving calls, sending-receiving faxes, emails and cellular pages. Available system apps were address book, calendar, appointment, schedule, calculator, world-time clock, not pad which can be operated through handwritten annotations and standard and predictive stylus input screen keyboards
OmniG0 700 LX
Hewlett-Packard released the OmniGo 700LX, which was a modified 200LX PDA that supported a Nokia 2110-compatible phone and had integrated software built in ROM to support it.
Initially released as 200LX in 1994 and then modified as OmniGo 700LX, the device featured a 640×200 resolution CGA compatible 4-shade gray-scale LCD screen and could be used to make and receive calls, text messages, emails and faxes. It was also 100% DOS 5.0 compatible, allowing it to run thousands of existing software titles including early versions of Windows.
Apps include address Book, Appointments, and Notepad / Memo capabilities, as well as a Database program. It also had Plus, Pocket Quicken, Lotus 123, and cc:Mail. It also had a “Filer” program for file management, LapLink to connect with a desktop system for file transfer, and a Data Comm program for connecting to online services, and more! Apart from this it has flash memory support to allow adding limitless storage space to it.
Communicator was first ever smartphone produced by Nokia. It was a little large sized phone developed with keeping business personals in mind. With 8 MB of memory, it had 4 MB of application memory, 2 Mb of program memory and 2 Mb of user data memory.
Launched by Nokia in 1996, the Communicator took the company by storm and of course contributed a lot to set it as a strong brand in the market.
Main applications include fax, short messages, email, wireless imaging: digital camera connectivity, Smart messaging, TextWeb, Web browser, Serial Terminal, Telnet, Contacts, Notes, Calendar, Calculator, world time clock, composer. It has the total memory of 8 MB in which 4 MB was used by US and system apps, 2 MB in program execution, and 2MB of memory was available for user data.
Ericsson R380 was the first phone marketed with the term ‘smartphone’. It was a GSM mobile phone having the functions of a mobile phone and personal digital assistant (PDA). It has a black & white touch-screen display, partially covered by a flip keyboard.
Release in 2000 by Ericsson Communication, the R380 was proved to be groundbreaking device in contemporary mobile technology. Before it was launched for public, Popular Science magazine appointed the Ericsson R380 Smartphone as one of the most important advances in science and technology.
Applications / features includes SMS, email, WAP browsing, Organizer, voice memo and dialer, calculator.
Kyocera 6035 was the first smartphone launched in American market. It appears that it had dual operating systems with cellphone firmware operating independently (though available through an interface) from the Palm OS system.
Released in February 2001, the 6035 had memory capacity of 8 MB which cannot be expanded like modern day smarphones. The display resolution of the 6035 is 160×160 pixels.
Some major features of this phone include web capabilities, voice recording, voice dialing and touch screen with stylus-based navigation.