Back in 2004 phones came in all shapes and sizes, and despite the modest features compared to modern devices they were certainly a lot more interesting to look at.
Ten years ago a "smartphone" was something that you could download and run native applications on, and the high-anticipated Motorola MPx220 was a Windows flip phone that combined the popular clamshell design with this then up-and-coming Microsoft operating system. There's probably a reason why modern smartphones no longer look this way.
Nokia were king of the smartphone market in 2004, and the chubby-cheeked Nokia 6630 combined the Symbian operating system with a 3G device which started to bring together the elements that we'd expect to see in a modern smartphone. Another Symbian smartphone was the Nokia 6260, with a swivelling clamshell design that seemed to be inspired by the types of handsets coming out of Japan.
June 2009A new iPhone is always big news, but the Apple iPhone 3GS marked the point where finally all the features came together. Significantly faster than previous versions, it combined a touchscreen, 3G support and WiFi, video recording, downloadable apps and GPS in an elegant design with a slick interface. With this, the iPhone 3GS became the handset that all other manufacturers would have to beat.