The most popular cell phones of each year in the last two decades
Since the arrival of cell phones in people’s lives, many activities changed. Currently, most need to be connected to the world through our smart devices.
These gadgets have endless possibilities. In them you can download applications to play games, watch movies, edit videos, locate people, among many other options.
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But this was not always so. Since the first cell phone was invented in 1973, the industry of mobile devices has gradually evolved to what we know today.
That is why we bring a list of the most popular cell phones of the last 20 years, which will surely make many remember different moments in their lives.
2000 (Nokia 3310)
We will start with the 3310 cell phone, from Nokia, one of the most remembered brands of the time. Since its launch, the company managed to sell more than 100 million units in the world.
It stood out for having 4 games (Snake, Pairs II, Space Impact, and Bantumi) and interchangeable covers. It was one of those mobiles that, if they fell to the ground, what would be damaged was the tile.
2001 (Ericsson T68)
The Ericsson T68 model arrived at the end of the year, and since its launch it was a success. Like the rest of its competitors, it innovated with a color screen and Bluetooth 1.0 (the most primitive version).
Also, it had the possibility of receiving e-mails and it had a game that became characteristic of Ericsson devices: solitaire.
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2002 (Samsung SGH-T100)
Here, a trend that lasted many years began to take hold: cell phones with covers.
The Samsung SGH-T100 had a screen of only two inches, browsing by WAP (restricted version of the current web) and a variety of ringtones. More than 12 million units of this model were sold.
2003 (Nokia 6600)
It followed the reign of Nokia. The 6600 was so successful that it ran for 3 more years, something never seen before.
It could capture photos and videos, it had the possibility to install third-party applications and themes, although new ones could also be created thanks to the Nokia Symbian Theme Studio.
2004 (Motorola RAZR V3)
In this era, fashionable cell phones were slim and flip-flops. The Motorola RAZR V3 had a color screen and an additional small external screen that allowed you to see the time, calls and messages.
Although it only had 5.5 megabytes of memory, without the possibility of adding an additional card, it had a ‘boom’ in sales and became Nokia’s competitor.
2005 (Sony Ericsson W800)
By this time mobile phones already had the option to play music. In the case of the Sony Ericsson W800, it had the famous Walkman portable player built in.
In his camera he had effects, different shooting modes and a flash that also worked as a flashlight.
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2006 (Nokia N73)
As expected, Nokia continued to triumph. The Nokia N73 model was the first to approach a Smartphone.
Although it did not have WiFi, it was packed with applications and games, and it also had the best 3.2 megapixel camera of the time. Its lens was very characteristic, as it had a lid that was raised and lowered.
2007 (Nokia N81)
With this reference, the fashion for sliding-cover phones began.
When folded, it only showed the 2.4-inch screen, leaving the keyboard for when it was opened. Although very far from the first models, it could last loaded for several days.
2008 (iPhone 3G)
The giant Apple company began to sweep away. 180,000 units of iPhone 3G were sold on the first day of its release in the United States.
By this time, touch cell phones were beginning to gain strength. It had a 3G connection and a 2 megapixel camera, although the front camera had not yet been created.
2009 (BlackBerry 8520)
This year saw the arrival of a classic, the BlackBerry 8520. Initially this model was intended for business people, but it quickly became the most popular with young people.
With the famous ‘pin’ you could chat with other users, and it had a keyboard that facilitated this functionality.
2010 (Samsung Galaxy S)
A decade ago the Samsung Galaxy saga was born, returning to the touch screen trend.
It had 5 megapixels on the main camera and a still low resolution front camera. Still, its wide screen provided a better experience for capturing photos.
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2011 (iPhone 4s)
This was the beginning of the consolidation of the S models of iPhone, which today command the stop.
His great innovation was Siri, the virtual assistant. Unfortunately Steve Jobs, founder of the brand, died on October 5 of that year, the day after its launch.
2012 (Samsung Galaxy SIII)
The third model of the Samsung Galaxy saga reached 10 million units distributed in just two months.
Its size was larger than the conventional one and it came in a wide variety of colors. Thanks to its success, the Galaxy SIII Neo, an improved edition, was launched.
2013 (Motorola Moto G)
Although the iPhone was the great leader, this edition of Motorola proved that you could get a good quality phone at a lower price.
The Motorola Moto G only had a 4.5-inch screen and straightforward features, but it was decisive among the middle-class audience, who wanted more for less.
2014 (iPhone 6 y iPhone 6s Plus)
The most famous feature of this year was an increase in screen size. The regular iPhone 6 had 4.7 inches and the Plus a 5.5-inch screen.
The design also changed. The iPhone 6 was a device with rounded edges and a single case, a quality that they maintain to this day.
2015 (Huawei P8 Lite)
The giant Huawei brand decided to exit its traditional market in Asia and was successful around the world.
Its P8 light edition was mid-range with a design different from what had been seen. It was available in four colors: gold, white, gray and black, and it was very affordable.
2016 (iPhone 7)
Although the best-selling in Colombia was the iPhone 6, Apple again innovated with the iPhone 7, a cell phone that is water resistant to a depth of one meter, for 30 minutes.
Also, it stood out for having two lenses in its camera, a wide angle (to capture landscapes) and another telephoto lens (to capture details in a more defined way).
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2017 (iPhone X)
The iPhone became the real king. To commemorate 10 years of its existence, the iPhone X came with interesting changes.
The most prominent was the removal of the ‘Home’ button, located in the center of the bottom. The screen acquired a larger dimension without changing the size of the cell phone.
2018 (Huawei Mate 20 Pro)
This year Huawei took the reign from Apple. Its Mate 20 Pro edition came with many innovative features.
It had three lenses: ultra wide, wide, and telephoto. In addition, it was the first phone that came with the option of reversible wireless charging (a function that allows you to charge another cell phone with the same characteristics).
2019 (Samsung Galaxy Z Fold)
2019 brought with it something very innovative and that was a technological ‘boom’: flexible screens.
This design allowed for an extremely large screen and, in turn, to be portable. Although Samsung had to make slight corrections, the device was launched on the market at the end of the year.
2020 (Redmi Note 9)
The Chinese brand Xiaomi, creators of the famous Redmi, is here to stay.
These mid-range devices are characterized by their good value for money. They have a long battery life and fast charging, as well as a 13 megapixel camera.
We’ll see if it continues to be as successful in 2021.
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