Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Aug 2012 10:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In light of the jury verdict in Apple vs. Samsung, the one-liners and jokes flew back and forth. One in particular, by Dan Frakes, has been copied and pasted all over the web, and it goes like this: "When the iPhone debuted, it was widely criticized for having no buttons/keys. Now people think the iPhone's design is 'obvious'." This is a very common trend in this entire debate that saddens me to no end: the iPhone is being compared to simple feature phones, while in fact, it should be compared to its true predecessor: the PDA. PDAs have always done with few buttons.
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EVERYTHING is obvious in hindsight.
by siraf72 on Sun 26th Aug 2012 15:34 UTC
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A whole bunch of companies release touch-based PDAs and phones and none of them gain traction.

One company gets the formula right and explodes all over the market. Other subsequently release phones that behave just like that one.

One company went as far as copying the icons and packaging.

OK, it was obvious.

Can we move on now. Please.

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