In Pictures: Pocket marvels - 40 years of handheld computers

From the first pocket scientific calculator through '80s organisers to today's tablets, check out 15 ingenious devices that have driven the handheld computing revolution.

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1996: Nokia 9000 Communicator

To modern eyes, it's chunky enough to double, Maglite-style, as a self-defense weapon. But in 1997, the Nokia 9000 Communicator, with QWERTY keyboard and 640-x-200-pixel screen hidden inside, was a smartphone before anyone was using the term. Its GEOS operating system ran a full suite of personal organization software, and it switched from fax, email and SMS to full Internet access.

The Communicator series evolved in a few years, and made appearances in several movies as a cool high-tech prop. Val Kilmer used a 9000 in the big-screen adaptation of The Saint, and the Terminatrix used a 9210 in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. But these machines only rose so high before other technology took over.

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