The sizes of the cell phone technology has come 360 degrees.
In the 80’s, we had the large Bag Phone. This was a cell phone in a bag. It was the cell technology that made its way out of the ‘car phone’ to something mobile we could use while on foot. Then again, it was somewhat heavy and nobody wanted to carry it around.
The bag phone made a cameo in “Lethal Weapon” when Sgt Murtaugh used it in the field. He was a strong tough guy so the weight meant nothing to him.
As phone technology got better, the devices got smaller and smaller. The bag got dropped from the form factor. Batteries got smaller. Antennae no longer needed to be included.
Will Ferrell parodied the smallest cell phone on SNL in the 90’s. It was his attempt to show the hipness of having a small phone.
Phones got so small, we started hanging them off our belts. Not sure if this was a status thing or a convenience thing.
Then around mid 200’s, the iPhone and Smartphones came on the scene and started getting a bit bigger. Screens got larger. Touch screens etc.
We were confused. Is the device supposed to be a phone or a computer. It served both purposes. Texting reigns supreme, phone calls are actually a nuisance. People carried around phones to play games, text, and listen to music.
Enter the tablet.
People now haul around their tablets much like we did with bag phones.