April 5, 2011 marked the thirty eighth anniversary of the first prototype mobile phone. It took its first test run on the streets of New York. Back then, seeing such a device confused and dumbfounded those who witnessed it. In 1973, even the thought of being able to walk freely in public and talk to someone on a phone at the same time was incomprehensible.
The first cell phone could be categorized as a brick. It weighed over a pound and measured 13.5 inches long. It had only 9 buttons– recall, clear, send, store, function, end, power, lock, volume plus the keypad. It took over 10 hours to fully charge and had a maximum talking time of 30 minutes. To top it off, it had a price tag of around $3500. Aren’t we glad that cell phone technology has come such a long way?
Having internet-capable, wireless mobile phones was just science fiction a decade ago. Now, instead of carrying around cell phone bricks, we’ve got beautiful iPhones and BlackBerrys, all of which we can bling out and make our own with cute cell phone cases and custom Swarovski cell phone covers.
But then again, I wouldn’t be surprised if cell phone bricks make a ‘retro’ comeback sometime in the near future as an homage to our technological past. What do you think? Would you use one that resembled a 35 year old cell phone?