What was your first Smartphone?

I have been asked on a number of occasions what was my first smartphone? This was something that I really had to think about, and is not as easy as you might think. Smartphone’s have only become big over the past few years thanks to the release of the iPhone, but this form of cell phone dates back much further than 2007.

Would you believe me if I told you that the first smartphone was back in 1992, and was called Simon by IBM? We look at a smartphone much different today, but back then the idea of a smartphone was a mobile phone that offered more than just making calls – such as running applications and its own mobile operating system.

It was only the introduction of the Nokia Communicator 9000 series that the smartphone begun to take off, but it would still be 11 years before we would take them seriously. Windows was next to jump on board with the Windows CE Pocket PC OS in 2001, and it was then here other companies started to offer their own take on the smartphone.

The other two big players before the smartphone market took off were the Palm OS Treo in 2002 and the first BlackBerry from RIM – also in the same year.

2007 was when things changed with the introduction of the Apple iPhone, this was the first smartphone from the computer maker and consumers could not get enough of it. In just two years there were 32 million iPhones sold, and that number is increasing all the time.

It was the introduction of the Apple iPhone that lead to big pushes from other cell phone makers – Motorola, HTC, Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson and others.

Apple has ruled the smartphone market share for some time now, but there is a new kid on the block – Google Android. They do not make their own handsets and mobile OS as Apple does, but they have a greater reach through a number of different vendors.

Only now have we begun to fully embrace the smartphone, and this is just the start.

What was your first Smartphone?