If celebs were mobile phones
In their earlier days, mobile phones were no less than any celebrity. Every single handset had their own tantrums yet, they were so much in demand. If we compare these influential phones with the Bollywood celebs of that era, let’s see which phone acquires whose stardom.
Motorola DynaTAC, 1984
One of the more influential phones of the 80s was the Motorola DynaTAC. The model was launched in the year 1984. Though by that time mobile phones had not been introduced in India, we are comparing this phone because it was quite popular when launched.
Phone features: DynaTAC was special because it was the first mobile phone ever made and was released in 1984. It used to take 10 hours to charge, but the talk time used to last only for 30 minutes. One could save 30 numbers in the phone book but that was more than sufficient that time because very few used to have this device. Despite such limited facilities, the cost of the phone was a whopping US$ 4000!
Comparison: Though the phone was not launched in India, if we compare the characteristics of the phone with any Bollywood actor of that era, it must be Pooja Bhatt. Though she started her career in the late 80s, the characteristics were quite similar. Like DynaTAC, Pooja also comes from an influential family. She is the daughter of veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt. Though her acting skills were very limited at that time, she was very pricy because of her background. People were just fascinated by her looks.
Motorola StarTAC 1996
Motorola used to constantly work to upgrade its mobile technology. Towards that initiative, it came with a beautiful handset StarTAC in the year 1996. By that time, mobile phones had been launched in India.
Phone features: This phone started the new era of mobile phones, which were small, with a flip and had sliding options. It used to cost around US$1000 and was an immediate success in the market.
Comparison: Just how the phone changed the era of technology, Bollywood was also transforming. After masculine angry young man heroes from 70s and 80s, the ‘chocolaty’ hero concept was arriving. And just like AtarTAC’s slim and stylish personality, three cute actors entered the industry – Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan. These three heroes changed the entire concept of being a Bollywood hero and even today can put any newcomer to shame.
Nokia Communicator, 1996
After Motorola, it was Nokia that began to emerge as a leader of handsets. It was considered the first ever smartphone. Also, Communicator was years ahead of its time.
Phone features: The giant phone used to have 8MB of storage, out of which 4MB was user accessible. Clamshell design with screen and qwerty keyboard, it was also capable of browsing the web. One could send an email and manage personal information. As far as looks were concerned, the communicator was a bit thick, around 1.5 inches and weighed nearly 400 grams.
Comparison: The only resemblance of this market leader was with another evergreen Bollywood leader – Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. After facing many rejections, when Amitabh Bachchan started performing, he quickly became a superstar. Some of his films of that era like ‘Agneepath’ and ‘Hum’ were also quite ahead of their time, much like this phone.
Known as one of the most dependable work phones, Nokia 3310 created history. The model was so hit during its tenure that the company relaunched it in 2017 with some added features, and it was successful again!
Phone features: With this phone, people used to get 35 ringtones, which could either be downloaded or composed by the user. It used to have a monochrome display with an alphanumeric keypad and was handled roughly by most users, but it never disappointed anyone.
Comparison: This phone can blindly be compared with one of the finest actors of Bollywood, Govinda. Undoubtedly, he is one of the actors who was dependable in his peak time. Not only that, people could go to see Govinda’s pictures just to laugh and relax. They need not to worry about the storyline. Similar to 3310, people could rely on Govinda, no matter how he performed.
After this rough-to-use, durable phones came Blackberry, with its first business phone Blackberry Curve. It used to have every feature that a professional would need so that they could survive without their laptops.
Phone features: With an inbuilt camera and removable storage, this phone became almost everyone’s choice. In the earlier models, Blackberry Curve didn’t have GPS, but later in 2007 the company rectified its fault and launch it again with the service.
Comparison: Hrithik Roshan is the apt hero to compare with the Blackberry Curve. He also came with the complete package of good looks, brilliant dancing, and wonderful acting. But immediately after launch, his pictures did not work. Soon, Hrithik identified his mistakes and corrected himself as far as choosing his films were concerned.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
The newer entry in the smartphone world, Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is for everyone who loves technology. It is one of those phones which are abundant in features. An apt phone for professionals, bloggers, writers, videomakers and even for those who simply love to take pictures.
Phone features: With 4 GB RAM, 3500 mAh battery and fast charging feature, this phone make user’s life a cakewalk. The 5.7-inch display gives complete visual satisfaction. Also, the 12 MP rear and 5 MP front camera give immense satisfaction to mobile photographers.
Comparison: This new-age phone is a complete package, quite similar to new-age sensation Tiger Shroff. It has the flexibility of Tiger and dedication in terms of its specifications. Just like how Tiger is loved by every age group, this phone also is every user’s first choice.
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