Once large and unnecessary for most people now they are small and indispensable. Here I share my experience with my mobile phones.
The phone that got me started. It only just fitted into a large jeans pocket. The smaller NiCad battery barely lasted a day and the larger one a bit longer. The phone memory only held 22 numbers and there were no names attached to them. You had to remember the memory location of the number you wanted to call; sometimes it was easier to just memorise the phone number.
As Telstra was discontinuing the analogue network (to release the frequency spectrum for the army) the Motorola CDMA/Analogue phone (I can’t recall or find out the model number) replaced the NEC Sportz.
This phone could use both the existing analogue network and the newer CDMA network (long defunct). It had a great keypad and sound quality. You could receive SMS messages but not send them; very strange. I was told that when the phone was in production the protocol for SMS had not been finalised.
It had phone number memories and these could be accessed using abbreviated dialling; which was quick but remembering the short numbers was hard unless you used the phone a lot. It was a nice phone with a great feel and weight and with a little extendable flexible antenna. It was a huge improvement over the NEC Sportz.
An excellent basic phone, very tough and reliable.
Very basic but it had the best keyboard.
An excellent phone which was easy to use. The only drawback was its tiny memory of only a couple of megabytes.
My first smart phone, the excellent Nokia 5800.
My current phone, and with the latest updates it’s proving to be a dog.
My latest phone