Motorola DynaTAC 8000X
Weight: 28 ounces [ some say 2 lbs ]
Minutes: 30 minutes talk time
On September 21, 1983, Motorola made history when the FCC approved the DynaTAC 8000X phone, the world's first commercial portable cell phone. After more than 10 years and a US$100 million investment, Motorola's commitment produced an innovative portable technology that revolutionized the communications industry and changed the lives of people around the world.
In 1983 the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X received approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and become the world's first commercial handheld cellular phone. When it was made available for purchase just a few months later on March 6 1983 it ignited a demand for personal wireless communication. Everyone wanted to be the first to get their hands on these awesomely unwieldy portable analogue brain-fryers.
Motorola's DynaTAC 'Dynamic Adaptive Total Area Coverage' let you talk for 30 minutes, could go a full eight hours between charges, was 13 x 1.75 x 3.5 inches in dimension, boasted eight hours of standby time, took 10 hours to recharge, featured an LED display
and memory to store thirty "dialing locations". Wooo. Oh yes, the price was some $3,995 in 1983 dollars.
It was the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, the first portable cellphone in the world. It weighed 28 ounces and measured 13 inch x 1.75 inch x 3.5 inch. As we know, this first portable cellphone is analog and it boasted one hour of talk time and eight hours of standby time. You can compare it to the Motorola RAZR, which weight only 3.5 ounces and measures 3.9 inch x 2.1 inch x 0.5 inch.
The brick" weighed 2 pounds, offered just a half-hour of talk time for every recharging and sold for $3,995. Clunky and overpriced? Not in 1984, when consumers lined up in droves to buy the first cellular phone as soon as it hit the market. And certainly not to Rudy Krolopp, lead designer of the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X.
Krolopp, now 74 and retired, still gets a "warm fuzzy feeling" thinking about the DynaTAC and knowing that "a handful of us did something that was really significant." This brick took over a decade to get to market.