Motorola celebrates 44 years of portable cell phones

Motorola is one of the companies directly responsible for the birth of the smartphone as we know it, and today officially marks the 44th anniversary of their announcement of the DynaTAC. It’s hard to even consider the DynaTAC and modern smartphones as being even remotely similar devices, but that’s where it all began.

The DynaTAC weighed about 4 pounds, cost $4,000, and could only hold 30 phone numbers at once. The battery life lasted about 30 minutes, and its app store really sucked. Oh, and it looked like this.

We’ve come a very, very long way from that dinosaur to the slick devices we have now that you probably don’t even use to make phone calls anymore. The phone functionality is secondary to apps, social media, and watching videos, which is something that I doubt even Motorola could have predicted 40 years ago.

To celebrate this anniversary, Motorola has created a nice little infographic showing off a brief evolution of their devices over the years, from the DynaTAC to the RAZR to their current Moto Z lineup. It’s a crazy evolution when you step back and look at the big picture.

source: Motorola


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

  • Darcy

    44 years would be quite an achievement, and Motorola were an iconic company true pioneers of the mobile phone industry. Until recently my great favourite. However, they have been bought and assimilated into Lenovo. Most if not all their new devices are now made by Lenovo, so does Motorola even really exist anymore? Motorola use to be great, but now they’re just a figurehead brand for a Chinese company. Sad!