For Connecting Phones to People—Not Places (Most Influential Projects: #12)
It weighed nearly 2 pounds (1 kilogram) and cost close to US$4,000. It took almost 10 hours to charge. And it worked for only 30 minutes before the battery died. Even the creators owned up to the phone's signature liability, nicknaming it "The Brick." But Motorola had done it: After nearly a decade of development, the U.S. telecom had created the very first commercial mobile phone, the DynaTAC 8000X.