ARS Technica has taken a look at how the smartphone market evolved since the early 2000s, you can check it out over here.
Over the past ten years, the smartphone has gone from a large, belt-holstered badge of geekiness to a mass-market mobile computing platform. In the mid-'90s, PDAs were being paired with mobile phones for the ultimate in mobile connectivity. Early examples included the IBM Simon and the Nokia Communicator. At the beginning of the last decade, these devices became more sophisticated as cellular data technologies, mobile processors, and touchscreen displays matured.