The Mobile Journey - from Del Boy to Apple

From Del Boy to Apple - how our phones have changed

The other afternoon I found myself watching Only Fools And Horses and was reminded just what a seminal TV show it was. From the infamous Batman and Robin scene and the Lovely Jubbly catchphrases to the Reliant Robin and Uncle Albert stories, Del boy, Rodney and the rest of the gang gave me and the millions of other viewers plenty of giggles over the years.

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The episode I watched saw Del with a mobile phone – his executive mobile phone to give it its proper title. It was the size of a football - and probably weighing a couple of stone to boot and was allegedly the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X although phone buffs dispute this.

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Anyway, amidst the laughter, seeing that brick of a mobile gave me a pang of nostalgia: how far our phones have come since those first mobile days. It's a topic which, when demonstrated by pictures, gives some indication of the massive inroads made. My own initial experience of a mobile was back in the late nineties when  I was at university. So to ensure my student life wasn’t all parties, my parents spent their hard earned cash and gave me a mobile.

I forget the brand now it could have been a Nokia, but the size of the phone isn't quite so easily forgotten: if memory serves me correctly it was the size of an orange and weighed about a kilo. But unlike today, back then size didn't matter, because having a mobile made me quite the sleek student in those pre iPhone days.

Samsungs, Motorolas and Blackberrys have all passed through my hands since. And with each new model comes an increased capability of what it can do. Now, of course, there's the iPhone. This modern life must-have is made by Apple and is already in its fifth version, the helpfully named iphone5. And aside from its sleek design, the phone's uses have won plenty of fans with retailers such as carphonewarehouse selling these must-have gadgets.

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The journey of mobile phones has come a long way since those Del Boy executive phone days. It’s been less than 20 years since those times when a phone was a phone plain and simple and the weight of a brick. And with them playing an even bigger part in our lives, it's going to be interesting to see where they go next. Lovely Jubbly.

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