Mobile phones back in the 1990s didn't have apps. They didn't have the internet. They didn't have 3D games, cameras, built-in music players or GPS.
They were, of course, amazing.
This chart produced by TruthFact explains exactly why in a more succinct way than we ever could.
Incidentally, if you really do agree with this chart we recommend you pick up a Nokia 105. It has a batter that lasts for a month and precisely zero frills.