Cell phones have evolved past anything they were originally invented for

Motorola DynaTAC 8000x
When cell phones were first invented, their main purpose was for calling. Motorola released the first commercially available mobile phone in 1983 called the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x. Boasting 30 minutes of talking time, a six-hour standby battery life, and a capacity of 30 numbers, it cost $3995.

This phone and subsequent early models were primarily used by businesses and highlighted in popular teen shows such as Saved by the Bell but were not really produced for the average consumer. As time went on, cell phone manufacturers added services such as voicemail but the focus of cell phones was still on talking.

Of late, the main purpose of cell phones have shifted from verbal to multimedia tools. We now refer to our phones as a "mobile device" as a result of the shift in usage. Our devices are being used for social media, internet access, and taking pictures, a function that even when introduced was seen as an extra feature instead of a necessity. The inventors and engineers for Motorola in the 1980s would be astonished to find that we can record 4K video and stream media created half a world away to a device that can fit in our pocket.

Much of this multimedia use is thanks to an increase in technological and digital convergence. As the world wide web and computers came into greater use, there was a tendency for information to be stored and transmitted digitally. Soon, video was able to be streamed and transferred from device to device and similarly mobile devices adopted these abilities. Traditional desk work was ported into the digital world and is now able to be completed from our smartphones. This convergence has allowed mobile devices to evolve into more than the creators of the original mobile phone could have ever imagined.

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