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How much do you really know about your phone?*

*Not your phone specifically, but the features that make it what it is.

WHEN YOU THINK about it, it’s rather crazy just how much is crammed into our phones. What were numerous different devices 15 years ago is now one device that can fit into our pockets.

We have a portable camera, browser, messaging service, video recorder, map, TV, movie player and other features crammed into a tiny device.

But how much do you know about the many different things we take for granted nowadays? Let’s find out.

The camera is one of the most popular features of any phone, but which phone was the first to introduce it?
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Samsung SCH-V200
Nokia 6610i

Motorola V220
iPhone (2007)
It's hard to imagine modern smartphones now without apps but what year did Apple's App Store and Google Play (then Android Market) launch?
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And to make calls, texts and use mobile data, you need a SIM, but which of these ISN'T a real SIM size?
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Before instant messaging services like WhatsApp, Telegram and Viber, SMS was king (and still with us today). How many characters can you fit into one?
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And alongside texting, emoticons and emojis grew in popularity, but how many emojis are there to choose from?
Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

The headphone port has been around long before smartphones became a thing, but what size is the headphone jack?

True or false: The G in 3G and 4G stands for Gigabit?
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Fingerprint scanners are now commonplace on smartphones, but which company was the first to introduce it?
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If you're ever lost, GPS will help you figure out your location thanks to the likes of Google and Apple Maps, but what does your phone communicate with so it works?
Radio tower

The internet
It's built-in
And of course, selfies are now a thing thanks to smartphones. But which came first, the selfie or the front-facing camera?*
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Front-facing camera
You know those expanded apps you can place on your home page on Android (or by pulling down the notification centre on an iPhone), what are they called?

Big apps
Every phone needs RAM so it can quickly load up your phone's OS and apps, but what does it stand for?
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Read And Memorise
Read Only Memory

Random Access Memory
Relatively Accessible Memory
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The Nokia 3210
The original, the best and one that everyone respects.
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Nokia 5110
Not the best, but it had its moments (like introducing a little game called Snake).
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The Nokia N-Gage
Em, the less said about this, the better.
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*The act of a selfie requires the photo’s subject to be taking it so by that definition, selfies can be traced as far back as 1839.

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