A brief history of smartphones

How the smartphone went from a high-end enterprise device to an everyday consumer staple

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Although the Pilot wasn't a smartphone, it does deserve credit for popularizing the use of mobile data by enterprise users. After all, what dot-com exec in the late '90s would dare leave his office without taking his trusty Pilot with him? As the device that started it all for Palm, the Pilot 1000 offered users 16MHz of processing power and a grand total of 128KB of memory at a retail price of $300. While this may seem laughably overpriced for such a primitive device by today's standards, at the time the Pilot 1000 was a cutting-edge device that spawned the entire PDA industry.

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