In the three decades since the first commercial cellphone went on sale, phones shrank from huge, heavy bricks to Derek Zoolander-worthy itty-bitty flip phones—and then grew again into the do-everything pocket powerhouses we carry around today. We count down the most important devices to ever take a call or send a text. Some of the classics may not match today’s smartphones on features, but they paved the way for our mobile world.
Andrew Moseman is the Online Editor of Popular Mechanics. His work has appeared in Esquire, Discover, the Awl, Mental_Floss, and the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine.