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.
Really a nice size, considering most phones then were close to the size of a pop can.
This has never happened to you, has it?
The antenna was broken on this unit when I received it, as were most extendable antennae, at some time or other, I think.
I think this picture really shows how slim this unit really was.
Top view, complete with dangling antenna.
Aside from the battery mounted on the cover, this basic design has persevered for some time.
A view of the unit opened and ready for action, only needs to be activated.
Keypad and screen
Nice view of the keypad and screen.
Just the screen, please.
A closer view of the screen - Ready now.
Battery in the lid
Removing the battery. This happens to be an extended life battery, as you can see.
Hidden agenda beneath the battery
It appears that this will be an important piece of the puzzle in getting the lid separated from the base.
So now we get down to brass tacks. Looks like this houses our speaker and our "vibrate device."
Yes, there she is – simple little specimen. We see here our speaker, our power pickups and what appears to be the ribbon that runs under the protective black tape and back to the main unit.
A closer look at the unit that makes it shake.
Anyone know what purpose this serves? At first I though it might be something for noise cancellation, but it is not magnetic...
Here we have the ribbon that runs the upper half of our device. All of the pieces just snapped into place, and the ribbon was just glued down with the black sticker under the battery.
The “vibra-motor” broke off – looks like a good time for fun with batteries.
I tried 4 times to get this picture, but the motor kept jumping out of the micro-pliers that I was using. I finally had to get a pair of pliers with “some hair on them” as my Dad used to say. I was surprised to see how much vibrate this little unit put out.
Removing the antenna
Minus the sagging antenna tip.
Not much remarkable here – anyone who has broken their antenna before has seen this.