A Look back at Samsung throughout the years
Founded in South Korea in 1938, Samsung have come a long way from trading in groceries and noodles to becoming one of the world’s largest electronics company or world's largest information technology company.
From the production of microwaves in 1979 and air conditioning units in 1980, Samsung went on to develop their first mobile phone system in 1992. We take a closer look at some of the phones released by Samsung before the birth of the smartphones that we know today!
Samsung SPH-i300 – released Oct 2001
A palm pilot type phone that was released five years before Apple released the first iPhone, it might surprise a few to learn that Samsung were ahead of Apple in terms of smartphone technology.
Featuring a very modern finger centric user interface, the SPH-I300 also had a few physical buttons at the bottom of the phone, but the majority of the usage was designed to happen on the touch screen panel. At the time, critics remarked that it was hard to use the touch screen phone due to the physical disadvantage of not being able to feel the buttons.
- Talk time: 4 hours
- Stand-by time: 4.2 days
- Browser: Openwave 4.1 browser
- Built-in storage: 0.008GB
- Display resolution: 160 x 240 pixels
- Weight: 170g
Samsung SGH-i607 BlackJack – released Nov 2006
Latching on the demand for mobile devices that looked and acted like BlackBerrys, Samsung released their version of the popular handsets via their BlackJack line, scoring a moderate success in doing so. However, BlackBerry later lodged an official complaint and filed a law suit in America claiming that the BlackJack was too similar in name and look to BlackBerry handsets. In the end, BlackBerry and Samsung agreed to settle out of court.
- Talk time: 5.50 hours
- Stand-by time: 11 days
- Browser: Internet Explorer Mobile
- Display resolution: 320 x 240 pixels
- Weight: 100g
Samsung Omnia SCH-i910 – released Dec 2008
The Samsung Omnia was one of the very first phones that came with Samsung’s TouchWiz – their custom built user touch interface. Many phone experts say that the Omnia can be considered the very first ancestor to the Galaxy S4, due to the design. However there are some features that let it down, such as the nonstandard headphone jack and the non-touch (or user friendly) Windows operating system.
- Talk time: 5.50 hours
- Stand-by time: 12.5 days
- Browser: Opera 9.5 Browser
- Built-in storage: 8GB
- Display resolution: 240 x 400 pixels
- Weight: 123g
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