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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RE: Reaching
by saso on Sun 26th Aug 2012 21:43 UTC in reply to "Reaching"
saso
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2007-04-18

I don't know any PDA that you were making calls on.


Even Wikipedia calls you out on this:
The Communicator spawned a new category of PDAs: the "PDA phone", now called "smartphone".

So a smartphone, quite literally, is a PDA that can make phone calls. And just to give you a shortlist:

* Nokia Communicator 9000, 9110, 9210, 9500 and E90
* HP Jornada 928
* Sharp Zaurus MT-300C
* Essentially all BlackBerries
(and lots more)

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