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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"disregard for history"
by l3v1 on Mon 27th Aug 2012 06:00 UTC
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but where does this sudden disregard for history come from?


It's nothing unusual happening here. This is the same thing as seeing patents granted which contain "innovations" that have been known for years, have been patented, but the new one has the words "on a mobile device" or "on a device with a touch screen" or an a "mobile phone with a touchscreen" etc. appended to the end of each sentence. Regarding PDAs they can defend by simply saying they were PDAs and these are touchscreen phones and whatnot. My very simple view is that if it walks like a duck and it talks like a duck...

On an unrelated note, I see "news" popping up about rumors of the new iPhone, and I'd like to add my own: they will take the GS3 hardware as it is, and install iOS on it. My, that would be a wonderful day ;)

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