We all know how this one turns out but I found it interesting to learn that Simon could send and receive emails and faxes. Unfortunately, the battery only lasted for one hour. Simon was introduced in 1992 but not released to the public until 1994 when it sold 50,000 units.
I got my first phone in 1995 and it was pretty heavy but not as big as Simon. I remember some fancier people had phones before me that had battery packs and cords that you plugged into and carried around like a briefcase. The size of our smartphones is definitely a major convenience.
The first text message apparently said "Merry Christmas". We all know how important texting has become in our lives now. Funny to think it all started with a Christmas greeting!