What could the IBM Simon do?

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What could the IBM Simon do?

In addition to its ability to make and receive cellular phone calls, Simon was also able to send and receive faxes, e-mails and cellular pages.

Did the IBM Simon have a camera?

It featured a 4.5-inch LCD touch-screen, a stylus, predictive text and a bunch of apps like an address book, camera, appointment calendar, world clock, calculator and other applications.

What were cell phones like in 1993?

In 1993, the start of the smartphone era began when IBM and Bellsouth released “Simon”. The IBM Simon was a high-tech, touchscreen PDA featuring an address book, calendar notepad, and email. It had a full keyboard and came with a stylus. All this for $899.

How was the IBM Simon made?

Simon used the operating system Datalight ROM-DOS. IBM created a unique touch-screen user interface for Simon’s 114×36 mm, 160x293px monochrome backlit LCD display. Simon was assembled under contract by Mitsubishi Electric and was distributed by BellSouth Cellular Corp.

What is IBM do?

International Business Machines (IBM), is a global technology company that provides hardware, software, cloud-based services and cognitive computing. Founded in 1911 following the merger of four companies in New York State by Charles Ranlett Flint, it was originally called Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company.

Who created IBM Simon?

IBM Simon/Manufacturers

What year did the first flip phone appear?

The First Flip Phone (1996) The StarTAC, created by Motorola in 1996, was the phone that started the whole revolution of flip phones.

How is a PDA different from a smartphone?

PDAs don’t connect to cellular networks and can’t provide the same range of connectivity that smartphones offer. PDAs and smartphones also use other forms of connectivity, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Smartphones are usually tied to a wireless carrier’s network, while PDAs are carrier-independent.

What cell phones were out in 1994?


  • Motorola DynaTAC 8900X-2.
  • Motorola 888.
  • Nokia 232.
  • Ericsson EH237.
  • Sony CM-R111.

Is IBM owned by China?

International Lease Finance Corp, Apptec Laboratory Services, Complete Genomics, Zonare Medical Systems, ASSA Properties, One Chase Manhattan Plaza, A123 Systems, Mochi Media, Quorum Systems, Goss International and the PC business of IBM are also owned by China.

What was the specs of the IBM Simon?

The IBM Simon Personal Communicator was a massive device with a battery guzzling design, and its processor was quite laughable by today’s standards at just 16MHz. Other specs included a 4.5-inch B&W 160×293 LCD display, stylus support for touch input, 1MB of RAM, 1 or 1.8MB memory card support,…

When did the IBM Simon phone come out?

The IBM Simon Personal Communicator would finally arrive to the market in 1994 for BellSouth (Now AT) customers in their 15-state network and cost $899 with a two-year contract. By the time the phone was being phased out of the market, it had dropped to $599 and had managed to sell about 50,000 handsets after around six months on the market.

What was the user interface for the IBM Simon?

IBM created a unique touch-screen user interface for Simon; no DOS prompt existed. This user interface software layer for Simon was known as the Navigator. The Simon could be upgraded to run third party applications either by inserting a PCMCIA card or by downloading an application to the phone’s internal memory.

What was the interface of the first Simon phone?

Simon’s interface could be navigated with an included stylus, and somewhat less easily with a finger. These were the early days of mobile touchscreens, mind you. Take a look at Simon’s interface in this fascinating TekGadg video from 2011:

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