Cracking Open the classic Motorola StarTAC flip phone

The full monty

By Drew McBee

Remember the legendary Motorola StarTAC? Released in 1996, it was the smallest cell phone available, and the first to feature the now-ubiquitous clamshell design. It was also the first mobile to sport the vibrate option. In addition, in 2005 it was number six on PCWorld's "Top 50 Gadgets of the last 50 years." Not too shabby. Naturally, we had to crack one open.

Here we have the intrepid "Wearable Cellular Telephone," as it was called by Motorola, along with its accessories for your viewing pleasure. As I recall, these phones were very expensive at the time.