|brian: it's a long weekend so here's the rant...|
"Do you still want to live in good old days with a "GPRS/EDGE text only cellphone" with your true insight and knowledge?"
That statement in it self must be at best uninformed?
THE iPhone 1.0 was GSM/GPRS/EDGE only. Not text only.
Your list and it's a good list, may try to describe me as a Luddite but:
1: Skipped the bricks for the most part, had an Ericsson analog flip phone (the size of todays small phones) that often stopped pedestrians in NYC whenever I used it in the early 90:ies. Hated the interface -bought my first Nokia stocks..
2: Never used them
3: Switched to ISDN (in the USA) as soon as available - hated it.
4: Switched to MiniDisc in 1992 or so.
5: Switched to ReplayTV hard disk recorders (TiVo-like) when they came on to the market a decade ago or more - still have them (3) but since we don't watch cable TV anymore they're for sale.
6: Have so many computers but my favorite is a Mac Mini which is our entertainment center. Quiet and powerful.
7: Bought the first civilian GPS available as far as I can tell ca 1993: a Sony with only an alphanumeric display and a big circular antenna. No maps of course.
8: skipped that
9:"Ni-CaD/Ni-MH battery is still working".
No, they die too soon and that's what made people buy new cellphones every year or so, in those days.
At home, I've had FTTH, FIOS, since it first came around in the US maybe 10-15 years ago since I happened to live in that part of our country. I would never go back - sometimes you see a wonderful ranch/house for sale in e.g. Colorado or Idaho but if you can't get real broadband it's useless.
Phones (voice and text) and data devices are approaching the famous fork in the road - the Telcos have to make up their minds - I'm not paying two bills per month. One for voice that is rarely used and one unlimited for data.
"Can you qualify these GPRS/EDGE phones as the most innovative electronic devices of that time?"
Yes, and maybe of all innovations in human history - someone deserves a Nobel price for it. The mobile phone is as important as any other innovation and it's used all over the world among rich and poor only a couple of decades after introduction.