A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

Summary: I was working on some reviews this weekend and took a look at all of the devices in my current collection and started reflecting back on my mobile device history. Mickey recently asked me about my PDA/phone history on TCPJ Unlocked Show #004 and I thought a few of you may be interested in seeing what devices I have owned over the years. The list I put together shows 84 mobile devices (PDAs and phones) and I think I was able to recall all of them.

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware, Nokia

I was working on some reviews this weekend and took a look at all of the devices in my current collection and started reflecting back on my mobile device history. Mickey recently asked me about my PDA/phone history on TCPJ Unlocked Show #004 and I thought a few of you may be interested in seeing what devices I have owned over the years. I also used many more devices during 2 week to 30-day evaluation periods that would easily take me over 100 mobile devices used of the last 11 years. Check out the image gallery of all of my devices.

A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

 Image Gallery:A walk through my 11 year history with 90 mobile devices and commentary. Image Gallery: Pilot 1000 Image Gallery: Sony CLIE UX50 

I was a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1996 and was then transferred to Washington, D.C. to serve at the Marine Safety Center. I was selected and trained to be a member of the salvage team in early 1997 and started assisting with responses to vessel casualties. I had carried around a Franklin Planner for a while and was using this to document my responses, keep track of all my vital contacts, and take notes as cases unfolded. Another member of the team and I then contacted U.S. Robotics about a new mobile device they were promoting and they sent us 2 Palm Pilot 1000 units to test out with the salvage team. I quickly became the mobile device expert as I fell in love with these mobile computers and replaced my Franklin Planner shortly after as I used the Pilot 1000 for taking notes, keeping my contacts handy, and more. I then figured out how to use AvantGo and was reading sites offline as I commuted on the D.C. Metro system.

I then became an avid Palm site junkie and was reading UGeek.com (now the Geek.com site I write for from 2001 until 2007), PalmStation (this was probably my favorite Palm site), Brighthand, Palm Tipsheet, Calvin’s PalmPilot FAQ, and more.

Once I was bit by the PDA addiction bug I then saved up my money and bought a Palm III for myself as I started loading up my device with 3rd party applications and trying to see what these things could really do. It cost a pretty penny at the time, somewhere around $300 and I had a tough time convincing my wife I really needed it. I then learned I could do well selling devices on ebay and started my system where I would sell my old device, after keeping them in mint condition, and purchase the latest and greatest. After the Palm III I sold it after about 6 months and moved up to a Palm IIIx. I then found a cool accessory, the axxPac that very few people probably ever heard of, much less used. This attachment gave me an external storage card slot, using SmartMedia, for storing my ebooks and other files. The axxPac was quite rare and I was able to get a good price when I sold the IIIx and lots of accessories to a buyer in Australia using ebay.

I then moved through many more devices, including the incredible Sony CLIE Palm OS devices. I purchased all of my devices in the early years and just over the last couple of years was given the opportunity to use Nokia Nseries devices on long term loan for evaluation before sending them back as I continue to use other devices. I also received a few devices from manufacturers at Mobius events, with no requirement to review the devices or any other strings or expectations attached. It has been quite a ride and as you can see below, I have now owned over 80 PDAs and mobile phones. I have also had a few other devices, like my Tablet PCs and notebooks.I may have missed one or two devices, but this should be a list of the rest.

Even though I have had so many devices, I can still remember quite a few vivid details about most of them and the anticipation of purchasing the devices. The devices with an asterisk by them in the list below are ones still in my collection. They are sort of listed in order of ownership, with a few in areas where I think they were picked up.

  1. US Robotics Pilot 1000
  2. Palm III
  3. Palm IIIx (installed axxPac with MMC card support)
  4. *Palm IIIe
  5. Palm IIIc (first color PDA)
  6. Apple Newton MP130
  7. HP Jornada 548 (rock solid metal PDA)
  8. Compaq iPAQ 3600 (won on PDABuzz photo contest)
  9. HP Jornada 568 (one of my favorite PDAs ever
  10. Palm Vx (Palm was ahead of the game with this form factor)
  11. *Palm m505
  12. Apple Newton MP2000
  13. Sharp Zaurus SL-5500
  14. Sony CLIE T615C (my first CLIE that gave me the desire for more)
  15. Sony CLIE NR70
  16. Sony CLIE NX70
  17. Dell Axim X5
  18. HP iPAQ 3970
  19. HP iPAQ 1910 (now this was one compact PDA)
  20. *Nokia 3650 (my first Series 60/S60 device that served primarily as a Bluetooth modem)
  21. T-Mobile Sidekick (device that addicted me to wireless data)
  22. HP iPAQ 2215 (drove 2 hours to Frys in Oregon to get this one)
  23. HP iPAQ 1945
  24. Handspring Visor Edge
  25. Sony CLIE TG50
  26. Sony CLIE NX80 (only had for a couple of days before trading up for UX50+cash
  27. Sony CLIE UX50 (paid about $800 for this baby)
  28. Motorola MPx200 (first Microsoft Smartphone, my wife took it over)
  29. HP Jornada 728
  30. NEC MobilePro 900c
  31. Tapwave Zodiac2 (very impressive Palm OS device)
  32. Palm Tungsten T3
  33. Orange SPV E200
  34. Sony CLIE UX50
  35. Sony CLIE UX40
  36. HP iPAQ 4350 (great QWERTY keyboard and form factor)
  37. MDA II (first Microsoft Phone Edition device
  38. Dell Axim X30
  39. Sharp Zaurus C760 (I just didn't have enough time to tweak with it)
  40. T-Mobile MDA III ($850 online for this one)
  41. Palm Tungsten T3 (missed this device so I bought another)
  42. Toshiba e805
  43. Fossil Palm OS watch
  44. Dell Axim X50v
  45. i-mate PDA2K
  46. Orange C500
  47. Motorola MPx220
  48. *Newton MP2100 (I wanted to relive my Newton days)
  49. *Sharp Zaurus SL-5500 (I wanted to add a Zaurus back to my collection)
  50. i-mate JAM (super compact Phone Edition device)
  51. Nokia 7610
  52. Palm Treo 650
  53. Dell Axim X51v
  54. *Nokia N90 (first device from Nokia Nseries program)
  55. Nokia N70
  56. *Nokia N73
  57. *Nokia N93
  58. Nokia N91
  59. HTC Wizard (QTEK 9100)
  60. *Nokia N95-1
  61. Nokia N80ie
  62. *Nokia N81 8GB
  63. *Nokia N800 Internet Tablet
  64. Nokia E61
  65. Sprint PPC-6700
  66. Nokia E61i
  67. HTC TyTN
  68. i-mate JAQ3
  69. *Sony CLIE UX50 (couldn't give up on it and will keep this one)
  70. *T-Mobile Dash (3 of them, with 2 broken after drops)
  71. *Apple iPhone
  72. *Nokia N95-3 (I bought this after loving the N95, but wanting US 3G)
  73. *T-Mobile Shadow
  74. *HTC Advantage 7501
  75. HTC Touch Dual
  76. *Nokia N810 Internet Tablet
  77. BlackBerry Pearl
  78. *HTC Advantage 7510
  79. *HTC Touch Diamond
  80. *Nokia N82
  81. *Nokia N78
  82. Apple iPhone 3G
  83. Nokia E71-1
  84. *Nokia E71-2
  85. *Palm Centro
  86. Samsung OMNIA
  87. Sony Ericsson G900
  88. MWg Zinc II
  89. *BlackBerry Curve (Sunset color)
  90. *Palm Treo Pro

Devices that I am considering soon or that I have already ordered include the T-Mobile G1 Anroid device, BlackBerry Bold or Javelin, Nokia N810 WiMAX edition, HTC S740 Standard Smartphone, and HTC Touch Pro.

Do you have any fond memories of your mobile devices?

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Nokia

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  • Fond Memories

    I still remember my very first cell phone: Nokia 8290 which is right when text messaging was starting to flourish. It was the smallest cellphone at the time (and still pretty small with today's standards). My worst purchase would have to be the Nokia 3300. Slow UI, bad reception, weak speakerphone and weaker earpiece. I remember my first smart phone, the MPX200. This device changed my life. Last year I got well acquainted with the HTC S620 and now have eight HTC phones. I don't have as impressive a collection as you Matt, but I'm working on it.
  • RE: A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

    I still have a Handspring which runs the Palm OS coupled with a Smartpad-II (nice little device where anything I write on the steno pad is automatically written into the Handspring.) Still does a great job for taking notes in the field. If I could find a phone that worked with the SmartPad I might change.
    • Good reminder, I forgot my Visor Edge

      Yeah, the Palm OS is still a great device for many things, even though they haven't been innovating as much as other in the phone market.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • RE: A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

    I still have my Radio Shack/Casio Zoomer in its original box in the attic. I'd bet it still works too!
  • Nokia 6610 was the best mobile to come from Nokia after Motorola Startack

    Thats my take, what say u?
  • RE: A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

    I still remember my first true pda, the Sharp OZ-7000
    Wizard. We've come a long way in 20 years.
  • RE: A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

    I had a Psion Series 5 M/X that not only record fairly good audio, it actually could run an audio editor to chop out the bad parts. It was ahead of it's time, pre-podcasting!
  • Great Memories

    Your article brought back fond memories. I had many of the same devices as you and remember the days when you took one of these out, people looked at you like 'What the heck is that'. I still have many of them but am weeding out my historical clutter. BTW..They are worth nothing on eBay..Ha-Ha. Good article and keep up the hobby that pleases you.

    p.s. Just for clarity's sake and from personal experience, to have all of these things you would have to be independently wealthy or single. :-) If you got thumbs down ratings for this article (and I see that you did) it was from people who cannot afford the same.
    • Neither actually

      I am married with 3 daughters and have been married throughout the history of my mobile device usage. For the first 5 years I sold my devices on ebay and lost very little money after making my initial investment and I always shopped around for the good deals. I came from a family with my brother and a single mother and worked my A$$ off to make it to the US Coast Guard Academy and then Berkeley to obtain a good education and now have a decent job. I work extremely hard, and sleep very little (which may eventually catch up to me), so that my second profession does not impact my family budget (I keep a separate PayPal account for devices). I am not wealthy, but I am comfortable and work hard to make sure I stay that way.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • Good to know

        Matthew, It is good to know something personal about the bloggers we read. Sounds like a good life (except for the sleeping) :-) I too am very happily married to the most beautiful woman in the world (in every way), and I am more than comfortable financially. The point of the end of my post is clear by the posts after I said this. People hate people like you and I. They either are jealous or think you are an idiot for spending so much on your hobby. Just trying to warn you about that as evidenced by the negative rating on your article and the posts. :-)
    • Nothing to do with affording things.

      Just seems like a very juvenile thing to do. Rather wastesful if you ask me. You don't get rich by spending money like that.
  • RE: A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

    You have got more money than sense! 90 in 11 years is more than 8 per year! Even with some given as evaluations or gifts, you couldn't seriously use them for long enough to a) learn their idiosyncrasies or b) their durability over the long term.

    2008OC04 09:10
  • RE: A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

    I can't say I've owned nearly as many mobile devices though I've had experiences with most of the OSs with the exception of the palm OS. My first mobile device/ smartphone was the PPC-6700 - which I still own but am in the process of selling on eBay - and it started out with WM5 and now has a custom rom with WM6.1. My work device is a Blackberry 8703e running the BB 4.1 OS and some 3rd party software but so far my favorite and most recent smartphone purchase is the iPhone 3G.
  • RE: A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

    i've started to own mobile phones and mobile devices in 1996.

    Motorola Pager - it's a no-frills pager that lets me receive messages.
    Motorola MicroTac - analog cellphone that i sometimes use whenever my dad wasn't using it.

    Nokia 1610 - my first GSM phone. size of an old Nokia Communicator

    Bosch 508 - this was the time Bosch was marketing mobile phones
    Mitsubishi Trium - when Mitsubishi was still making phones
    Nokia 5110 - one of the most durable phones i've used

    Ericsson T28sc - my fave business phone
    Casio Digital Diary - i forgot the model name but it was my first PDA with a stylus.

    Motorola V8088 - smallest mobile phone i've used during its time
    Nokia 5110 (2) - got one again after i sold my V8088
    Sony CJ5 - this was before Sony merged with Ericsson
    Nokia 6510 - cute phone with FM radio. my girlfriend owns this but swapped it with my Sony

    Nokia 3530 - my first colored screen phone with GPRS
    HTC Tanager (1) - first Windows Mobile Smartphone that got me hooked and opened new doors for mobile devices

    HTC Tanager (2) - bought a 2nd one after losing my first Tanager
    Asus MyPal A620 BT Pocket PC - my first Windows Mobile Pocket PC with Bluetooth
    O2 XDA II Pocket PC Phone Edition (HTC Himalaya) - just a loaner to test it out. it made me hate Pocket PC Phone Editions.
    Nokia 6310 - i needed a phone that lets me pair wirelessly with my Pocket PC.

    Asus MyPal A716 Pocket PC - an evaluation unit lent to me for a magazine review. (my addiction to mobile devices lead me to another addiction - writing about them!)
    HTC Tanager (3) - given to me by a friend since he's not using it anymore
    Palm m100 - i wanted to try shifting to Palm. so the m100 was my crash course device
    Palm Tungsten T - i wanted a colored screen with expandable memory. reflective screen - bleh!
    Mitac Mio 558 Pocket PC - sold the Tungsten T and bought the Mitac Mio for a very good price. back to Windows Mobile 2003!
    HP iPAQ 2210 Pocket PC - one of the finest iPAQs i've ever used. bought accessories like CF 56k modem, thumboard, and paired it with my Nokia 6310
    O2 XDA IIi Pocket PC Phone Edition (HTC Alpine) - this is what the O2 XDA II should have been. i loved using it!
    Nokia 6610i - company phone that was issued to me.

    I-mate Jasjar Pocket PC Phone Edition (HTC Universal) - THE BEST WINDOWS MOBILE PHONE EDITION DEVICE! wrote an article of it for a local tech magazine.
    O2 XDA Atom - evaluated this unit for a blog article. lots of crapware.
    Dopod 818 Pro Pocket PC Phone Edition (HTC Prophet) - became my service unit at work
    Dopod 838 Pro (HTC Hermes) - became one of my service units to test at the same time. also wrote an article about it for a local tech magazine.
    Dopod D810 (HTC Trinity) - became one of my service units at work to test at the same time. wrote an article about it for a local tech magazine.
    Dopod 900 (HTC Universal) - went back to my fave WM handheld.

    Dopod C730 (HTC Cavalier) - looks and features are hard for me to resist. while leaked photos of it are posted on the net, i was happily using the smartphone. unfortunately, Blackberry Connect doesn't work with it during those times of testing.
    Dopod M700 (HTC Love) - evaluated this unit for a local tech magazine.
    HTC Tanager (4) - bought it as a collector's item.
    Dopod 838 Pro (HTC Hermes) - went back to the Hermes to test the Windows Mobile 6 Dopod Official ROM
    Dopod P3450 (HTC Elf) - tested this unit when leaked photos came to the web. it was a time where the HTC brand name will be introduced in Asia.
    Dopod C500 (HTC Vox) - tested this unit but we eventually decided not to sell it in the local market.
    Dopod D810 (HTC Trinity) - went back to the D810 to evaluate the official Windows Mobile 6 Dopod ROM.
    Nokia 6670 - bought it from my girlfriend after she got a Nokia N73. using her N73 made me fell in love with the S60 3rd edition platform.
    HTC Touch (HTC Elf) - enjoyed the sleek form factor sans 3G.
    Alcatel C701 - evaluated this unit and eventually became my service unit.
    Alcatel C825 - my favorite Alcatel phone! also became my service unit.
    Nokia E61 - I was very intrigued by it the year before. and i was so amazed by the S60 3rd edition platform so i got myself one (in fact, i bought it today, Oct. 4 last year!)

    Palm Treo 750 - I've wanted this model in 2007 but I kinda became disappointed in the device. bugs don't go away. lost my appetite in using it which lead me to...
    Nokia N95 8GB - enough said! :)
    Dopod 900 - missed using an HTC Universal so i used it as my service unit at work.
    HTC Touch Dual (HTC Nike) - was asked to make it as my service unit. i loved it even if it doesn't have WiFi. unfortunately there's a problem with the screen alignment.
    LG Secret - evaluated an LG Secret for a blog review.

    whew! i apologize if i got carried away. mobile devices are part of my life, can't live without them so taking a trip back to memory lane reminded me that i've grown up to be 100% geekier than way before :)

    as of this date, i own my 4th HTC Tanager, Nokia 6310, Nokia 6670, Nokia N95 8GB, Kohjinsha SH6 UMPC, while my office issued me with various HTC devices (HTC Hermes as the current), various bluetooth headsets, digital cameras, battery packs, and a Gigabyte M912 Tablet Netbook.

    yes, i can say i'm a mobile gadgeteer like Matt Miller :)
    • Erm.

      Very trainspotter.
  • RE: Look at my e-peen

    Did you write this article to stoke your ego? You seem very juvenile.
  • RE: A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

    Here is my lineup:
    Radio Shack Model 100 (I know its not exactly the
    right form factor but it was, in a way, the first
    truly mobile computing device)
    Sharp Wizard OZ7000
    Newton MP 100
    Newton MP120
    Newton MP 2000 (but not for very long; the MP100,
    despite its flaws, was a very intimate device - each
    Newton that succeeded it lost charm as the platform
    became more accomplished)
    Palm Pilot (this was a very, very good device and
    once I became entangled has proven, through its
    progeny, to be very hard to divorce)
    Palm IIIse (clear case, very nice)
    IBM C3 (just like the Palm Vx; I still have it)
    OnHand PC (a watch that was a computer that synced to
    Palm - much better than Fossil??)
    Nokia N800
    iPod Touch
    Treo 600
    iPod Touch
    Palm Centro
    Blackberry Storm
    Blackberry Curve
    Blackberry Storm
    Palm Centro (this sequence shows just how hard it is
    to migrate away from the Palm platform)
    I would like to try Symbian but am bound because of
    geographic location to Verizon
    Somewhere in there is an odd device with a folding
    keyboard and a credit card size detachable touch
    screen. I just can't remember its name..probably
    because it never worked very well.

    Matthew I wish you success with NokiaExperts.com and
    thoroughly enjoy your contributions to JKontheRun.
    You have more than enough
    personalities/bandwidth/expertise to justify the
    plural in your URL.
  • RE: A walk down memory lane and over 80 mobile devices

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  • If we all look the

    If we all look the history of our cell phone then we all feel surprise.