While our phones seem to be growing smarter, most of their technology has been around for decades. Take your contacts, for example, which is really a digitized version of your Rolodex. The things we use Google Search to find today used to discovered with a simple 4-1-1 call. Most of our coveted social apps could be simulated with a basic calculator and some thumbtacks, our messaging apps by good old paper and pen. But the next time you complain about too much texting, just be glad that your fingers aren’t hurting from operating a rotary phone.
This is what your smartphone looked like back in the day:
Comic by Wrong Hands