1999: The First Practical Smartphone [Wallpaper]

It was the first time a phone was sold to be a smartphone, since Ericsson R380 launched Smartphone in 1999.

It’s time for the third installation of our little review of some of the most seminal smartphones through the ages, and this time it is actually a smartphone, there is talk about. Not enough with the word had been coined, so hot the phone simply Ericsson E380 Smartphone.

Thus was the first Smartphone that E380 was marketed as a smartphone, and it was not the only one, it was first with. Ericsson had put Symbian in the phone to keep track of it all, and although it was an early version, so it was the first time that Symbian was and pulled the strings in a smartphone.

Symbian can be called the first modern smartphone operating system, and even if the version found in Ericsson E380, not able to install applications from the outside, then it’s the first fledgling steps toward a modern software basis for smartphones.

Something else that made E380 unique was the size. Although the following our standards today are still somewhat clunky, so it was at that time a great thing that this cross between phone and PDA had a size that was just like the other mobile phones. In addition, it was also something more manageable with its weight 164 gram.

 

Just as with the IBM Simon, then there was a stylus with to control the fun when the protective flap was knocked out, but like the Nokia 9000 Communicator, then worked the phone in a way when it was all set out, and another when it was collapsed. A small detail is that the buttons on E380 in fact did not send anything electrical signal, they on the other hand, was designed to press very lightly on the touch-screen and on the way the key numbers in, when you had to dial a number.

There were also most of the things we take for granted today in E380, as, for example, calendar, browsing and email, and then there was a 3.5 “screen when you folded the flap down. It was 120×360 pixels, which constituted the screen.

The price stood at around 700 u.s. dollars, which is equivalent to just over 8000 Danish kroner today, so it was still something of an investment to buy a little extra functionality to be productive on the go.

 

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