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The mobile, or cell, phone has had a meteoric rise from being an interesting and expensive concept to an essential and affordable necessity. The first commercially-available handset, the DynaTAC 8000x (not quite as catchy a name as ‘iPhone’) was released in 1983 and cost just a shade under $4,000. Bargain.

In the almost-30 years since then phones have changed by a massive amount, with bricks being replaced by slimline affairs (and then big being considered beautiful once again) and an age of simplicity being replaced by an age where your phone is smarter than you. Which prompts me to wonder which era of mobile phones did you enjoy the most…?

This Week’s Question…

What Is The Best Phone You Have Ever Owned, & Why?

We want to know what the best phone you have ever owned is, and why that phone captured your heart. It could be that your first mobile changed your life, giving you freedom to communicate on the go. Maybe you preferred the feature phones 10 Apps To Make Your Old Windows Mobile Phone Useful 10 Apps To Make Your Old Windows Mobile Phone Useful The other night, I stumbled upon my old Windows Mobile phone. Why do I have this great device stashed away in a drawer, when it could be put to good use? Even though there's no... Read More of decades past, which focused solely on making and receiving calls.

Or you can tell us why you have switched to a smartphone, why you made the choice that you did, and which operating system/handset manufacturer you went with. I’m already expecting a slew of “iPhone FTW!”-style comments, but please try adding a little meat to the bones and tell us why the iPhone is the best thing since sliced bread. Or why it blows compared to Android and/or Windows Phone 10 Reasons To Buy Windows Phone 7 [Opinion] 10 Reasons To Buy Windows Phone 7 [Opinion] The usual wisdom coming from salesmen and the “experts” among your friends is that Android or iPhone are the way to go, especially with the current decline of BlackBerry. However, a third choice is becoming... Read More .

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week.

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