This week saw the 40th anniversary of the first mobile phone call, made by Senior Motorola Engineer Marty Cooper to Dr. Joel Engel of Bell Labs.  The device used to make the call weighed in at a hefty 2.5lbs and measured a less than svelte 9 inches long by 5 inches deep by 1.75 inches wide. 10 hours of charging rewarded the user with 20 minutes of talk time (in truth, it's unlikely they'd have been able to hold the phone up for that amount of time.

This anniversary seems like an ideal excuse to take a trip down memory lane and celebrate the milestones in 40 years of mobile phones.

1987 and the first truly handheld mobile phone arrives in the UK...

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..the Motorola 8500x.  Costing a mere £1,200 it's hard to believe this house brick of a phone was a must have for the '80s city boy or yuppie.

In 1992, Nokia introducing the 1011...

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...it was the first phone capable of sending and receiving texts.

1993 saw the world's first smartphone...

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..think Apple invented the smartphone. Think again. The IBM Simon was a mobile phone, pager, fax machine and PDA all rolled into one and it included a calendar, address book, clock, calculator, notepad, email, and a touchscreen with a QWERTY keyboard.

While Nokia was busy making 'candy phones'...

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Motorola was busy inventing the 'clamphone'. This is the first, the StarTAC, from 1996.

Hard to believe but this was the cutting-edge of smartphone technology in 2003...

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The Blackberry 7230, manufactured by RIM. By focusing on combining phone and email, Blackberrys became the businessman's smartphone of choice until...

 In 2007, everything changed...

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..with the launch of the first iPhone from Apple. Almost 6 years on, Apple still dominates the smartphone market.

And the iPhone was largely unchallenged until...

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..the hugely popular Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones was launched. The Samsung Galaxy S3, pictured above, launched in 2012 was one of the few smartphones to outsell the iPhone.