Back in time with smartphone tech

We reminisce over the smartphones that got us started, including some models that earned CNET's coveted Editors' Choice Awards.

Remember when smartphones were enormously, clunky bricks with sausagelike antennas and "high-end" 1.3-megapixel cameras? You could e-mail, get lost in file systems for hours, and clip them to fancy leatherette belt holsters.

Relive the good old days of smartphone tech with our gallery of sexy pre-2007 smartphones --and see how far we've come since then. If you feel so inclined, we'll even let you dust off that holster of yours.

About the author

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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