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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by kovacm on Sun 26th Aug 2012 17:42 UTC
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totally irrelevant !

all these devices, combined, in 10 years, was not sold in fraction of iPhone numbers.

why? because they did not have features of iPhone.
All they have some _major_ flaw (that stuck for years!)

iPhone is first device/PDA for "rest of us"

(btw I am not "rest of us": I also used Palm Pilots, Nokia Communicators and Compaq/HP iPaqs for years...)


As a geek, I do not want history to be revised to make it seem as if mobile computing started with the iPhone and Android

I absolutely agree: they did not. BUT iPhone did bring "mobile computing" to the masses at scale that is not comparable with any previous device.

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