Remembering the hot mobile gear of five years ago

IDG News Service | Feb 17, 2016

The mobile phone industry's big annual show is about to begin in Barcelona. Tech moves fast, just take a look at what was hot 5 years ago.

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The biggest mobile show is taking place in Barcelona

We’ve come a long way in five years.


Remember when Android phones looked like this?

This was Samsung’s brand-spanking new 4G phone

It has a 4.3-inch screen and 8-megapixel camera


Remember proprietary chargers?

The European Commission unveiled the first common charger based on Micro USB

It’s now standard around the world


Remember when the iPhone was only available on AT&T?

In February 2011, Verizon started selling it for the first time.

It gave US iPhone owners operator choice for the first time


Remember the Xoom tablet?

It created a lot of buzz as an iPad competitor

But ultimately never made much of a dent.


Remember the PlayStation Portable?

Sony unveiled its successor, the PlayStation Vita.

It’s sold more than 12 million units worldwide, but is under threat from smartphones


Remember Symbian and Meego?

Nokia decided it would adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone OS

The company had been struggling to compete with Apple and Android.

Two years later, with its market share falling, Nokia would be acquired by Microsoft

Two years after that, Microsoft would write-off most of the value of the acquisition as a failure.


Remember when a smartwatch looked like this?

This Casio G-Shock synced with a phone

So you could stop the phone ringing with a tap