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25 mind-blowing mobile devices that were ahead of their time

iPhones, schmy-phones. In their heyday, these mobile devices were the real MVPs.
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1 of 25 Ted Soqui/Corbis

Martin Cooper's cell phone (1973)

These devices may look clunky now, but back in the day, they were the be all and end all.

See this silly-looking brick? More than 40 years ago, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper made a call on a phone that was mobile and had no connection to a landline.

It would take years before the technology of a cell phone would catch on in the mainstream (and be affordable), but that one call on that one brick-like phone would -- eventually -- change the way we communicate forever.

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3 of 25 Mudrats Alexandra/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis
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10 of 25 DB Christoph Dernbach/dpa/Corbis

The first iPhone (2007)

The iPhone was truly a game-changer in the smartphone industry. It may be obsolete now, but its swiping feature, the fast browsing experience, the intuitive interface -- all smartphones, as we know them today owe their design to this 2007 mobile device. It didn't hurt that the design was also sexy as hell -- or maybe the right word is "is." After all, many other phone makers are still, clearly, taking inspiration from this original gangsta.

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20 of 25 Blackberry LTD
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21 of 25 Samsung

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