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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Franklin eBookman
by t0preh on Mon 27th Aug 2012 04:49 UTC
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The Franklin eBookman (1999-2002) had a flat screen with a single power button along with a jog-wheel on the side. It had a grid of application icons much like today's technology. There was also a "app store" of sorts.
Someone should make a web site with a time line showing how all of these ideas have evolved over time.

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