In Pictures: Pocket marvels - 40 years of handheld computers

From the first pocket scientific calculator through '80s organisers to today's tablets, check out 15 ingenious devices that have driven the handheld computing revolution.

1996: Nokia 9000 Communicator

To modern eyes, it's chunky enough to double, Maglite-style, as a self-defense weapon. But in 1997, the Nokia 9000 Communicator, with QWERTY keyboard and 640-x-200-pixel screen hidden inside, was a smartphone before anyone was using the term. Its GEOS operating system ran a full suite of personal organization software, and it switched from fax, email and SMS to full Internet access.

The Communicator series evolved in a few years, and made appearances in several movies as a cool high-tech prop. Val Kilmer used a 9000 in the big-screen adaptation of The Saint, and the Terminatrix used a 9210 in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. But these machines only rose so high before other technology took over.

9 of 17

Comments on this image

There are currently no comments for this image.

Comments are now closed.

Related Slideshows

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?