April 3 marks the 40th anniversary of the first cell phone call. It was Marty Cooper, a Motorola engineer who made that call in 1973. According to The Verge, Cooper called up Joel Engel, who was also working on a mobile phone at Bell Labs, and said: "Joel, this is Marty. I'm calling you from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone." Cooper used Motorola's DynaTAC to make that first call, the brick phone that would gain a permanent place in pop culture through characters like Zack Morris from "Saved By The Bell" and Gordon Gekko from "Wall Street."
It really is incredible to think about how far cell phone technology has come in the past 40 years. The first cell phones weighed over 2 pounds, cost thousands of dollars, and had a battery life of around 35 minutes. Makes it hard to imagine ever complaining about your smartphone again.
The DynaTAC was just the start of the cell phone, of course. From brick phone to iPhone, here are the most important devices in the cell phone's four-decade history (in our estimation, at least).