Source BBC News... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-28802053
Never judge a phone by its cover. This chunky, black box was in fact the world's first 'smartphone'.
The IBM Simon went on sale to the public on 16 August 1994 and combined mobile phone technology with a wide range of computing features.
To mark the 20th anniversary, London's Science Museum is putting it on display in its new Information Age gallery.
"The Simon wasn't called a smartphone back then," said curator Charlotte Connelly.
"But it had a lot of the features we see today. It had a calendar, it could take notes and send emails and messages and combined all of this with a cell phone."
Weighing in at 500g (1.1lb), the Simon was not exactly pocket-sized. However, Ms Connelly insisted the design was ahead of its time.
“Start QuoteIt only had one hour's battery life - so it wasn't very successful”
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