Do You Know That iPhone Is Not The First Phone with a Touchscreen Display?

The word “First” always sticks to our memory. We hardly forget whatever it’s the first in our lives, regardless of what we are referring to. Well, this rule might not really apply to technology, since things changes so fast that it’s easy forget who did it first, maybe thanks to a lot of people copying the said feature or technology or a company with more muscle launching the same feature, only slightly improved and getting all the glory. Apple?

Ever wonder which was actually the first smartphone? Guess, by now, you are already thinking of that. This list only has answers to basic who did it first questions about smartphone features, anyway enjoy!

First Phone with a Touchscreen Display

IBM Simon

You will hear Apple fanboys tell you that the iPhone was it but that’s not true. The iPhone wasn’t even the first phone to feature a capacitive touchscreen that could be operated by your fingers, despite the fact that they popularized it. The first phone to even feature a touchscreen, regardless of how terrible it was and the fact that it could only be operated by a stylus, was the IBM Simon.

The display measured 4.5 inches by 1.4 inches and aside from its calling capabilities, you could also use the Simon to send and receive emails, faxes, and pages.

First Android Smartphone

HTC Dream

The only place Apple fanboys cannot claim they were first. Most Android enthusiasts know the answer to this. It’s quite simple and straightforward, the HTC Dream was the first smartphone to run on Android software. To be precise, the device ran on Android 1.6 Donut – I bet most of you didn’t know that. It also had a 3.2-inch display, 3MP camera, 192MB RAM and a 1150mAh battery.

First Fingerprint Scanner on a Phone

Pantech GI100

Before we got to the age of iris scanners and 3D face unlock, we first got fingerprint scanners and the first one on a phone was rather berserk, if I may say. The Pantech GI100 was the first phone to feature a fingerprint scanner and it was inbuilt right at the centre of the T-9 keyboard. Well, the technology has improved so much that we now have smartphones with fingerprint scanners embedded underneath the display, and this crown goes to the Vivo X20.

First Notch

The whole of 2018 so far, we have seen notches launch left, right and centre and despite all these notches resembling the iPhone X, it was not the first device to feature a notch. Since we first got an 18:9 aspect ratio display on the LG G7, smartphones with this aspect ratio – or a slightly modified version of it have been seen popping up all over. Users want bigger displays but smaller bezels and form factors and this led to the use of the notch.

Essential PH-1

Well, the first smartphone to give us a notch was the Essential Phone 1, the phone to popularize the notch was the iPhone X and that’s settled.

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