The History of Smartphones


RM Downey is the CEO of HipVine. He is an Entrepreneur, Developer, Podcast host & Blogger. An avid Boston Celtics fan, Hack musician, Nature lover, Traveler and Craft Beer enthusiast, RMD frequently bounces from Geek, Jock and Hippie.

We take you through a tour of one of the most significant devices in the information age, ‘The Smart phone”.  The term was first coined in 1997, marketed in 2001, but we go all the way back to 1993 to start our journey through the evolution of the Smartphone and it’s industry.

IBM Simon (1993)

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Dubbed as "The Personal Communicator", the IBM Simon was not only an early cell phone, had a touchscreen interface but could e-mail, page, fax and had many basic features of later PDA's such as a calendar, address book, world clock, calculator and even a few games.

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