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A History of Mobile Productivity [Infographic]

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From the introduction of commercially viable pagers and cellphones in the 1970s to the smartphones of today; this infographic covers 40 years of innovation and increasing mobile productivity.

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A History of Mobile Productivity [via Geeks Are Sexy]

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  • Published 08/16/11

Comments (6)

  1. Jonathan

    Obviously HTG didn’t create this and this might be nitpicking, but there’s a couple of errors in the infographic.

    1) The Nokia 7110 never appeared in The Matrix, it was the Nokia 8110 with a custom spring-loaded keypad cover.
    2) The T68i was a software-updated phone that was released after Sony Ericsson was created. The first phone with a colour screen therefore was the Ericsson T68m, released prior to the creation of Sony Ericsson. (I actually owned an updated T68m)

    Just saying. =P

  2. Willie

    It’s so funny to read this. Tomorrow our company will be receiving our shipment of new phones for our new service with Verizon Wireless. They will be a mix of HTC ThunderBolts, Push-to-Talk BlackBerries, and Casio Ravines PTT. Management of all company cells is once again under the control of our IT Department (where should have always been). I grew up in the 90s and 00s, so I still remember how life was when you had to use a payphone, or go to the library to use a computer. I have a four year old godson who knows how to turn the computer on and get to his favorite internet game sites (and even knows a little troubleshooting skills…YIKES lol)

  3. x3geek

    heh I was expecting to see something like 1990s calling, 2000s excel and other office applications, 2007s farts, ads, birds and just about everything anti-productive

  4. carl

    So, we have Ipods, which even if it meant to be ipod touch – should be together with iPad and iPhone listed as iOS device, you didn’t split the blackberry, did you, so why apple.
    Hmm, and the Symbian ceased to exist? I don’t see it in the pie chart.
    The percentual values are just wrong, because android has bigger market share than iOS combined.

    with so many factual errors, this is just graphics, no info in it.
    And the special “matrix” version of the famous “banana” phone Nokia 8110, which was available on the market only in very limited edition, about 200pcs was introduced 3 years before the 7110.

    And also, but this is commonly stated wrong even on wikipedia, the first WAP enabled phone was not in fact Nokia 7110, it was Motorola Timeport, which arrived almost a year before the “chameleon”.

    And I wouldn’t assign a human pictogram to the number 6 billion mobile subscriptions, because the real number of people whom you can reach via a mobile device is half of that at best.
    I personally have 4 active, what you call subscriptions, and many people do know have more than one, most of them a mifi device with mobile internet connection and mobile phone,
    or one personal and one comapany phone..
    And considering that nowadays most of the traffic ligths across the whole europe are equipped with a GPRS module to allow the city/police to control the traffic on a budget, cars, house alarms..
    There is still about a billion people in the world with any idea how a TV looks like… they don;t carry a blackberry on them.

  5. Grant

    It completely missed the “bag phones” and the early phones that had to be mounted in a car.

  6. Neal Dench

    Totally misses out on the huge influence that Psion had in the 80s and 90s, from the original Psion Organiser in the mid 80s to the Psion Series 3 (1991) – possibly the worlds first clamshell PDA with full qwerty keyboard, and the Psion Series 5 (1997), which introduced a touch screen and full action keyboard in a pocketable form. Also the subsequent use of the Psion operating system (which became Symbian) in mobile phones, include Nokia. Although not so well known in the US, Psions were very popular in the UK and Europe, and without them it’s debatable that the PDA, as we think of it now, would even be around today.

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