Cell Phone Technology In 1996 Was Stone Age, Brick-Shaped Ugly

Illustration for article titled Cell Phone Technology In 1996 Was Stone Age, Brick-Shaped Ugly

Before you start complaining about a force closed app on Android or a missing feature on iOS, give yourself a huge reality check by looking at the above image snagged from a September 1996 Best Buy flyer.

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Those monstrosities were the "modern" cell phones that weighted down our belts and burst our pockets. Unless of course, you were a fancy pants and had a slim Motorola StarTac. But for most of us, it's amazing how far we've come since those days. [imgur via The Consumerist]

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3.1 GB hard drive - $399.99

Or, $129.03 per gigabyte.

I just bought a 2TB hard drive last year for around $140.

In 1996, if it were even possible, that drive would cost me $258,058.

So... I'm probably close to a millionaire in 1990s terms.

Also, please tell me someone noticed the first phone can only store TEN phone numbers.