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(Buzzfeed)   25 years of cell phones in one single image. Find your first phone - it's there somewhere   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 103
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2012-11-20 10:13:34 AM
I still love the Nokia 3310. That phone could last for weeks without losing its charge.
 
2012-11-20 10:21:08 AM
I like how skimming through it they start out almost all back, get all colorful in the middle, and are now almost all back to black.
 
2012-11-20 10:56:04 AM
Motorola Profile 300...I can't see it (but my head is killing me so it hurts to look).

s10.postimage.org 


/Who hoo!! 20 free minutes a month!
 
2012-11-20 11:05:14 AM
That has to be the worst organized photo ever.
 
2012-11-20 11:12:57 AM
None of mine are on there, that I can see. :( Does this mean the last 3 years of my life have been a lie?
 
2012-11-20 11:57:55 AM
If my old Nokia 232 still worked on the VZ network, I'd be damn tempted to swap it for my Droid.
It reminds me of the old Bell System rotary phones. You could drop it from a 3rd story window onto a concrete sidewalk.. then run down, pick it up and keep talking.
 
2012-11-20 12:24:51 PM
They're just phones. Who gives a shiat? Where are the "25 years of toasters" or "25 years of car tires" images?

Mobile phones are about as interesting a packs of playing cards these days. They all do the same thing, but just look a little different.
 
2012-11-20 12:50:25 PM
img705.imageshack.us

To whoever took apart the horizontal image and reassembled it vertically.. If you see this, you've farked it up.

/actually readable in rows of 7
 
2012-11-20 01:06:26 PM
i.ebayimg.com
/my first predates that, maybe it's technically not "cellular"?
 
2012-11-20 01:24:46 PM

OregonVet: [i.ebayimg.com image 225x300]
/my first predates that, maybe it's technically not "cellular"?


I think that was considered a car phone. I remember my pops having one of those in what the early 90's ?
 
2012-11-20 01:25:42 PM
What, no N-Gage?
 
2012-11-20 01:27:36 PM
I'm pretty sure my brain exploded trying to figure out how all of that is arranged.
 
2012-11-20 01:27:41 PM
Interesting effect for the "average" colour of phones if you scroll down the image at a medium speed. They start black/grey then shift into white/silver then back to dark as screens dominate the front of the phone.

I remember having a silver LG flip. Silver plastic is one of the worst design mistakes possible. Looks OK when new but the silver slowly wears off the areas with heaviest use and you're left with the white or black plastic substrate.
 
2012-11-20 01:28:52 PM
If you actually read the caption from TFA, subby, you'll see that these are all NTT DoCoMo phones, so it is unlikely any Farkers actually had any of these as their first phone, unless they are old enough to have bought a cell phone back in the days when there were only a few models that basically every carrier worldwide used. I don't even think I see a representative of my first phone on the chart, a Nokia 5190 that I bought in 2000, despite the 5100 series basically being just about the ONLY phone anyone bought around that time frame, although it is hard to tell because there is a sea of nearly identical knock offs of the design in the picture during 1999-2000, so trying to find a real 5100 series in that picture is like trying to find Waldo.
 
2012-11-20 01:30:20 PM
Car phones were cellular phones.
 
2012-11-20 01:30:49 PM

F1_Fan: Interesting effect for the "average" colour of phones if you scroll down the image at a medium speed. They start black/grey then shift into white/silver then back to dark as screens dominate the front of the phone.

I remember having a silver LG flip. Silver plastic is one of the worst design mistakes possible. Looks OK when new but the silver slowly wears off the areas with heaviest use and you're left with the white or black plastic substrate.


That's once nice thing about the newer phone designs from Nokia and HTC. They both use polycarbonate with the color mixed into the plastic, so as the phone wears you don't have the color rubbing off like that and showing the substrate.
 
2012-11-20 01:31:16 PM
Hell no. I'm so sick of Buzzfeed links. You know what? I don't give a shiat about my first phone. I'm pretty sure it was black and made of lead and had a rotary dial on it and it could probably be used as a weapon in a pinch.

Oh wait, that wasn't my phone - we had to lease it from the phone company.

At any rate, fark Buzzfeed.
 
2012-11-20 01:31:29 PM
Mrs. Doubtfire was playing on the tv in a restaurant we were at on Sunday. It was weird to see Sally Fields on an early version of a cell phone in her car.
 
2012-11-20 01:32:06 PM
Motorola StarTac FTW!
 
2012-11-20 01:32:32 PM

impaler: Car phones were cellular phones.


But they were not hand held cellular. They were like regular phones attached to a "box" that was the cell. I think the distinction that is left out is "hand held".
 
2012-11-20 01:34:31 PM
Subby: Find your first phone - it's there somewhere

No, no it isn't.

www.droidforums.net
 
2012-11-20 01:34:54 PM
Wow, I can't make sense of that chart nonesowhatevs.
 
2012-11-20 01:35:07 PM
Additionally as mentioned above it is one japanese makers phones. IE there are no blackberries ect..
 
2012-11-20 01:37:32 PM
My first phone, a Nokia 1100, is probably on there, but the images are too small for me to tell and the chart doesn't seem to make a lot of sense.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-11-20 01:38:54 PM
Ahh, my old Kyocera 2135 with interchangeable faces! I was about 15 when I got that. It seems so primitive now, not having to hit the 7 key 3 times for an S.
 
2012-11-20 01:40:57 PM

OregonVet: [i.ebayimg.com image 225x300]
/my first predates that, maybe it's technically not "cellular"?


That's a cellular telephone. Cellular is the structure of the tower layout, with the range around the tower being a "cell".

My first was a Nokia bag phone, but my mom had a Motorola bag phone.

First non bag phone was a Motorola flip phone replaced by a Nokia.
 
2012-11-20 01:42:19 PM
I know this has already been said, but did they purposefully try to make that impossible to read? And no embiggened version?
 
2012-11-20 01:44:45 PM

meat0918: Cellular is the structure of the tower layout, with the range around the tower being a "cell".


3 cells per tower actually.

Now let's talk about 4 color map theory, and how we can divide frequencies between cells to minimize interference.
 
2012-11-20 01:45:07 PM

OregonVet: [i.ebayimg.com image 225x300]
/my first predates that, maybe it's technically not "cellular"?


Came to post this. My first cellphone was the Motorola DynaTAC. All 2.8 pounds of it, getting too hot to hold after 7-10 minutes of battery use. Had a range of about 5 miles when plugged into the bag adaptor, about 3 miles if not.

Good times, good times.
 
2012-11-20 01:46:09 PM
Looks like the chart changes orientation 3 times throughout the years... just like the cellphones
 
2012-11-20 01:46:56 PM
First question when I used a cell phone fo rthe first time:

Where's the dial tone?
 
2012-11-20 01:47:34 PM

impaler: meat0918: Cellular is the structure of the tower layout, with the range around the tower being a "cell".

3 cells per tower actually.

Now let's talk about 4 color map theory, and how we can divide frequencies between cells to minimize interference.


It's been 10 years since I worked in the cell industry, I've purged everything beyond remembering there is a difference between CDMA/TDMA.
 
2012-11-20 01:47:40 PM
I think mine was the second one under 1993. I had service with Sprint Spectrum, which was the first digital cell phone service in the country (As I told my amazed friends it's a cellphone AND a Pager, AND and answering machine all in one! and you only have to charge it once a day!"
IIRC it was $10/mo and $0.10 min off peak $0.33/min peak, with the first incoming minute free.

You'd be stunned at how much you can say in a manute when you put your mind to it.
 
2012-11-20 01:49:28 PM

OregonVet: [i.ebayimg.com image 225x300]
/my first predates that, maybe it's technically not "cellular"?


It's cellular, it's just good ol' analog IIRC

My old man had one of those and I remember thinking that it was so obnoxious. Reception was good though, and it had better have been, for all those wires and that goofy external antenna.
 
2012-11-20 01:52:43 PM

Jack Kerouac


OregonVet: [i.ebayimg.com image 225x300]
/my first predates that, maybe it's technically not "cellular"?

It's cellular, it's just good ol' analog IIRC

My old man had one of those and I remember thinking that it was so obnoxious. Reception was good though, and it had better have been, for all those wires and that goofy external antenna.


IIRC, bag phones and car-mounted phones were permitted 3W of transmission power while handhelds were limited to 600mW (and probably still are).
 
2012-11-20 01:57:15 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

I resisted these damn "cellular telephones" for as long as I could...but once I entered the job market, I knew I needed my own telephone number. I figured I'd enter with a bang....the most advanced cellular telephone of them ALL (as far as I knew).

I loved that device, and it was by and far the most functional device I owned up until the iDevice.
 
2012-11-20 01:57:37 PM
I'm surprised mine made the list. My first phone was the Sony CM-D600 - one of the first, if not the first, cell phones offered for Sprint PCS. It wasn't even a flip phone - the earpiece slid up & down to connect & disconnect a call - and it actually got warm enough to be uncomfortable on long calls.

I had that thing for years, until it finally broke (the earpiece mechanism gave out, an apparently common occurrence.) When I brought it in for repair, the guy at the store laughed his ass off.
 
2012-11-20 02:00:08 PM

RatOmeter: Subby: Find your first phone - it's there somewhere

No, no it isn't.

[www.droidforums.net image 400x451]


Seconded.

And I still have it.

And I know where it is
 
2012-11-20 02:00:22 PM
My first phone I got when I was 16 in 1997 (yeah, I was a bad-ass) was a Nokia 2160 with PCS technology. Friggin' thing worked everywhere, but had a two hour talktime. Can't imagine the RF power that thing was putting into my head.

Next was a Nokia 3390, with Snake. The phone was a tank. I dropped it so many times, and it just kept on working.

Now, I'm afraid to breath on my S3 lest it crack the screen.
 
2012-11-20 02:01:30 PM

dofus: RatOmeter: Subby: Find your first phone - it's there somewhere

No, no it isn't.

[www.droidforums.net image 400x451]

Seconded.

And I still have it.

And I know where it is


Heh, mine's in the closet in my study/office.
 
2012-11-20 02:04:05 PM
Here's mine. Senior year in high school, my dad MADE me get one. You know, to keep track of me.

image.ffmobile.com
 
2012-11-20 02:13:40 PM
I wish I could still get my first phone. Thin, short, no flip, no camera, great battery. I guess no one can make money selling something like that anymore.
 
2012-11-20 02:15:58 PM
I can't understand the order here....My mind is full of farkery...
 
2012-11-20 02:22:38 PM
"Phone's ringing Dude"
"Thank you, Donny."
 
2012-11-20 02:36:19 PM

NashMcNash: Here's mine. Senior year in high school, my dad MADE me get one. You know, to keep track of me.

[image.ffmobile.com image 391x415]


That was my third or fourth....and incidentally the smallest phone I've ever owned. I liked how you could easily and quickly dial someone in your contact list by button-feel without ever looking at the screen (at least better than other phones).
 
2012-11-20 02:36:52 PM
www.phonesreview.co.uk

Motorola Dynatac, baby...although now I hate to think about how much it *wasn't* shielded...
 
2012-11-20 02:42:24 PM
Not on the list as far as I can see:

st2.gsmarena.com

Still the best looking phone I ever owned.
 
2012-11-20 02:54:25 PM

EngineerBoy: [www.phonesreview.co.uk image 321x450]

Motorola Dynatac, baby...although now I hate to think about how much it *wasn't* shielded...


Looked for this:
assets.sbnation.com

Found this
 
2012-11-20 02:59:04 PM
OregonVet: [i.ebayimg.com image 225x300]
/my first predates that, maybe it's technically not "cellular"?


Hey! That was MY first (phone)! Guess we have good taste (in phones)...
 
2012-11-20 03:00:00 PM
Came to say bag phones not on the list, see it's been covered
 
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