Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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Alfman
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2011-01-28

Sabon,
"So we agree that iPads (and other tablets to a lesser degree) can be great tools for creating lots of different things including spreadsheets with say a couple thousand lines (and maybe more) and large documents and taking and editing video without another device and so on."

In principal sure, but frankly you've chosen poor examples. If you want to highlight where the tablet truly shines, you really need to pick examples that benefit from touch interfacing, video editing might be one, CAD might be another, taking handwritten notes and annotations is another, etc.


"No they aren't. My friends do this a LOT and are VERY happy with the way the iPad works as a device to remote into their home computers instead of lugging around their much, much heavier laptops."

The need to remote into a desktop "a LOT" in the first place is a reminder of how the desktop is more useful than the tablet for those tasks, otherwise those tasks would be done on the tablet itself and no desktop would even be necessary.


"Yes they bring their bluetooth keyboards with them. But they are still happier than with laptops."

I suspect many of them would be very tempted by a lightweight ARM touchscreen swivel laptop. It'd be better than toting around a separate keyboard all the time.

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