In pictures: Before the iPhone -The kings of mobile

The iPhone redefined mobile computing four years ago, but several other devices from the BlackBerry pager to the iPaq once enjoyed the same reign

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Motorola StarTAC

Mobile phones had existed for several decades, but they were big and clunky — more like the radios you'd see in ships than anything we'd think of as a cellphone. Even the first portable cellphone — Motorola's 1983 DynaTAC — was a 2-pound monster more suited for a backpack than a picket. Motorola's 1996 StarTAC changed that: It was small, slim and pocketable — all revolutionary attributes for a phone of that primitive era just 15 years ago. The StarTAC became the executive's badge of honor, a sign that he or she had arrived.

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