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[3]: Oh dear!
by l3v1 on Mon 27th Aug 2012 06:19 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Oh dear!"
l3v1
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A vast majority of the people didn't care for smartphones or PDAs your article mentions. Show me a pure PDA market in the last few years.. How many were launched and what were the sales figures like?


Well, you can use Google, right? Just search for market share data for Palm (and Rim) in 2006, when the Treo680 came out (which was a smartphone in every sense of the word). I think you could be surprised.

That changed the way people use these devices.


That's true, but in my view that's all they did: making smartphones more attractive for the masses, and producing a version which could be liked by the average guy. But rounded corners and icon grids and whatnot? Yeah, right.

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