We look back to 2007 when the arrival of a revolutionary 'MP3 phone' set the template for smartphones, a template that's still being followed today…

We couldn’t have known it at the time, but it’s now clear: Apple’s first iPhone set the template for modern smartphones.

We really took to the original, though our description of it as an MP3 phone shows that we (or anyone else for that matter) had very little idea of just how versatile these things would become. Apps just weren’t a thing then.

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Of course, the original iPhone was a genius bit of design. At the time its operating system couldn’t be bettered, and it took years before Android would be considered a worthy alternative.

That 3.5in screen seemed perfect back in 2008, its resolution of 320 x480 pixels  bettering anything we’d seen.

We praised Apple’s sound quality – something of a strong point for the company’s phones ever since then. Downsides? We complained about the limited on-board storage of 8GB and the battery life of just four hours.

3G had yet to make an appearance too, and picture messaging wasn’t on the menu either. Yet, at heart, this was a revolutionary product and, as events have proved, the mass market recognised that.

Fast-forward to today and the iPhone 6S is so much better in every way – it’s bigger, crisper, with a vastly better camera and still fabulous sounding. There’s still a clear link between the two products.

Apple’s iOS has remained remarkably similar and the operating logic is consistent.

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The user experience continues to be cutting-edge as far as slickness is concerned.

Sure, there are many more rivals now, and the Android pack is vastly more capable, eclipsing Apple in some areas, particularly in headline specification and compatibility.

Yet in use the iPhone still has an aura of class that the others struggle to beat. And, as a recent Product of the Year title for the iPhone 6S proves, it’s still a brilliant piece

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