There are few gadgets from the 1990s as iconic as the Motorola PageWriter.
First released in 1996, the Motorola PageWriter 2000 was an early pioneer in electronic communication. Three years later in 1999, the first BlackBerry came on the market.
What made the Motorola PageWriter unique?
While pagers had already been on the market for some time, the Motorola PageWriter was unique in that it had a QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard came with 47 keys, allowing for easy typing on the go.
Perhaps one of the most unique features Motorola PageWriter brought to the table was its ability to send emails. You could even send faxes! Looking back it’s almost hard to believe that such an early device had so many essential capabilities. Impressive in its engineering and design, the Motorola PageWriter was a great choice for professionals on the go in the mid-90s.
Other interesting features of the Motorola PageWriter
In addition to advanced messaging and communication features like a contacts list, the Motorola PageWriter also supported productive apps. The apps could be downloaded when connected to a PC.
The model also came equipped with the prized and powerful, DragonBall processor. Although it only had 1MB of internal storage, it wasn’t too bad for when it was made.
The rest is history
When evaluating older devices, many would sneer at how outdated they are compared to anything current. Doing so would be a mistake however as the Motorola PageWriter undeniably one of the most advanced devices of the times.
For many, the Motorola PageWriter was a genuinely useful machine that made their personal and working lives easier throughout the mid-90s. Now it represents yet another relic of legacy technology. That legacy tech comes with a palpable tinge of nostalgia and reminds us that anything considered to be cutting edge today will be just another bauble tomorrow.
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