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terça-feira, 1 de fevereiro de 2011

iPhone's grandpa

I was there and then my head had another of those questions: Which was the first smartphone to be released as product? That’s how I found about the following.

It was in 1992 that IBM in partnership with BellSouth (today AT&T) presented to the world a mobile phone combining the functions of a PDA, a mobile phone, a fax and a pager (yeah, pager, do you remember that?)

it is from the movie The Net

Beyond the fact it was a nice brick, as you can see in the picture above, it had its own operational system with a calendar, to do list, address book, word clock, calculator, notepad, e-mail, file manager, games and a special expansion port to external memory and other applications.

And there is more. Instead of a physical keyboard he had a touchscreen which was used to do all the functions of the system, since phone calls with a onscreen num pad, usage of the operational system and even to write (it had that magic which recognizes scribbles as letters and a QWERTY keyboard as well).

I tried to find but the only video I found was this one bellow. And if you are curious, considering to buy one next time you go on time travel, it was only available to buy in 1994 by 899 bucks, however I bet that today in e-bay it would worth much more.

more about IBM Simon _\ in Wikipedia
you can check one advertisement for the phone bellow 

wow it has password!