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

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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