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Visualizing the evolution of cell phones over the past 25 years [video]

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:39PM EST
Cell Phone Evolution

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Technology evolves faster now than it ever has before, and perhaps no better area of consumer electronics better illustrates that than cell phones. BGR’s recent feature on reinventing the Motorola RAZR shows just how dramatically cell phone technology has evolved, and that transition took place only over the past seven years. Japanese wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a showcase illustrating the evolution of the cell phone over the past 25 years and designboom was on hand to capture the great exhibit. A video and a few images follow below, but the entire 25-year visual history can be seen on designboom’s site.

1987 thorough 1997:

1997 through 2000:

For the full visual history, visit designboom.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.