The 5 Flashiest Movie Cellphones

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If you ever watch Sci-Fi or action films, you’ve likely spotted superheroes and spies whipping out some seriously high-tech communication devices. The rectangular devices we use to call, text, and take photos with are ten times cooler in the movies thanks to their fantastical functions and over-the-top sleek appearances. From way back to the 1980s to present day, here are some of the most notorious showy phones from the movies.

1. The Star Trek Communicator

Long before the invention of real-life cell phones, there were Star Trek communicators. Obnoxiously boxy and large, these gadgets could make calls all the way from space to earth without the help from satellites. Relying on subspace transmissions, these devices make connections instantly despite the great difference in time.

Though no phones have ever been designed to look like the communicator, there are rumors that the very first mobile phone was inspired by Captain Kirk‘s communicator.

2. The Slider Phone in the “The Matrix

This phone looks dreadful now, but in 1999 it was revolutionary. Neo flipped down the keypad cover and within seconds was communicating to the real world.  The legendary phone was a Nokia 8110 and nearly impossible to buy after its release.

In 2003, the film’s sequel upgraded the phones to the Samsung brand, allowing Samsung to reap some hefty profits when they released the look-alike SPH-N270.

3. The Multi-Functioning Phone in “Tomorrow Never Dies”

Quite possibly the most far-fetched phone we’ve seen was held in the hand of James Bond in “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Regardless of the phone’s simple look, this baby was loaded with features such as a stun gun, finger print scanner and analyzer for breaking locks, and an all-in-one car operating remote.

Can you imagine turning on your car’s ignition and powering the steering wheel all from your cell phone? Perhaps one day we will only be so lucky.

4. The Transparent Phone In “Iron Man 2

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