With Android phones and the iPhone 4 nabbing all the tech headlines these days, it makes us think back to a simpler time—a time before every high school kid had an Internet-enabled phone, no one knew what an "app" was, and Apple was only dreaming of taking over the tech world. It was a time when the mobile market was ruled by one 10-inch tall, 28-oz. device: the Motorola DynaTAC. Yes, it's hard to believe that it's been 27 years since the introduction of this revolutionary product that came with no touchscreen, no monthly plan, and retailed for the price of a Honda Civic. Complex decided to look back at some key pop-cultural moments that celebrate this legendary phone...


DynaTAC Symbolizes Greed and Excess.
Where It's From: Wall Street
Date: 1987
Complex says: Nothing epitomizes power, insider trading, and white-collar bravado more than a phone the size of an external hard drive. The intensity in Gekko's eyes may have scared the shit out of you, but you were able to rest assured that he wasn't on some Naomi Campbell-ish. A DynaTAC to the dome would cause some damage.
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Biz Markie Tries Keeping His Girl in Line with the DynaTAC.
Where It's From: Just a Friend music video
Date: 1989
Complex says: Before we had cameraphones, touchscreen devices, Facebook statuses, Twitter, Google, flipcams, Skype, AIM, and a slew of other new-media distractions, it was much, much, much more difficult to keep tabs on a shorty.
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The DynaTAC Brings the Morris Household Together.
Where It's From: Season 3, Ep. 7 of Saved by the Bell
Date: 1991
Complex says: The DynaTAC may be dubbed the "Zack Morris" phone, but judging from this scene, it seems like it was was his pops who put him on. But looking back, there's something we don't get: Unlike today, when you can get a cellphone for free with a new contract, the DynaTAC had a price tag of $4,000! The Morris household must have been rolling in dough if both the father and the high-school-aged son had one. And dude was known to roll around with his DynaTAC at school. Bayside must not have had a goon squad on campus.
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Nino Brown Runs New York with the DynaTAC
Where It's From: New Jack City
Date: 1991
Complex says: Nobody embodied hood-rich social mobility on-screen better than Nino Brown. The dark shades, tilted Kangol, and gold chain would not be complete without that bulky cellphone that symbolized what it meant to be "made" back in the day. How else could you move ki's and order hits while on the go?
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Patrick Bateman Stunts on His Secretary with His DynaTAC.
Where It's From:
Date: 2000
Complex says: Yeah, American Psycho dropped in 2000, but it explored the same '80s white-collar cesspool as Wall Street, albeit with a different storyline and theme. Along with his power-broker suit, Ray Bans, and slicked-back hair, the DynaTAC made his cool-but-douchebag-esque cipher complete.

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