This time, mobile phones become a necessity which is no longer used merely to call or send a short message or SMS. With the development of digital technology, the phone function is now evolving to meet the communication needs through the Internet and a host of entertainment applications.
Cell phone manufacturers are now continuing to develop the production of smartphones. Not only that, a number of corporate giants in the field of information technology also makes the smartphone market with a passionate rivalry in the developing smartphone operating system support.
In fact, when compared to existing smartphones, the first smartphone arguably made much simpler. Debuting in 1993 at the Wireless World Conference, IBM launched a company BellSouth Cellular Simon as the first smartphone in the world.
As quoted from the pages of Mashable, the first smartphone weight is only about 1 pound or 0.5 pounds. IBM Simon is the forerunner of the PDA-phones that use LCD touchscreen.
The first smartphone is also the first phone that did not have a massage button and use the touch screen with stylus support. In addition, this phone also has an on-screen QWERTY keyboard.
When first launched, IBM Simon was promoted as the phone function is more than just voice. Simon was introduced as a device that uses advanced wireless technology and can function as a pager, email, calendar, date book, address book, calculator, to create an electronic sketch.
At that time, IBM Simon marketed at a price of around U.S. $ 899. Obviously the price is much more expensive than the price of an iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android-based smartphone sold today.