What phones looked like before and after Apple’s revolutionary iPhone transformed the industry

“A lot of people who don’t use iPhones like to dismiss Apple’s impact on the smartphone industry,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac.

“Hey, we had PDA-like smartphones with touchscreens before the iPhone, so what’s the big deal?” Brownlee asks facetiously. “Such logic is patently absurd, but as it often does, a picture says a thousand words about how a thousand shitty devices did things before the iPhone came around, and how the makers of these crappy phones do things now that the iPhone is the gold standard of smartphone design.”

See the telling image, and get a link to another showing how Apple’s revolutionary iPad did the same to the so-called tablet industry, in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. I had Motorola flip phones and the like but was never impressed by the Treo’s and Blackberrys that looked like crap to me with really bad displays and so I passed. As soon as I saw the iPhone in 2007 I thought “At last, the long wait is over” and bought one and never looked back. Looking forward to upgrading my iPhone 4 to an iPhone 5 now as well as new purchases of a Mac Book Pro and upgrading from my first gen iPad to an iPad 3. Maybe even a revamped Mac Pro. Gonna be a great year for Apple purchases!

  2. If the iPhone hadn’t existed we’d be up to Ballmer’s “Monkey Boy Swinger VI” complete with a larger Keypad and a Stylus. Comes in dark brown, light brown and medium brown. Simulated Monkey Fur cover is extra.

    1. The StarTac was pretty nice. I also had a V70 and a V80 Motorolas, the spin-around phones that they later blinged up into a totally unaffordable version, which is in that picture, as is the V70. The V80 had a camera and some nice features, and both fit the hand very nicely, but then, so did my first Nokia. Now, if only Apple would work on the phones we still have to deal with in the home….

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