Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jul 2011 22:56 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Today, the technology world is gripped by what can only be described as a dirty war between iOS on one side, and Android on the other. While the parties in this war fight it out in the US court system, the web has latched onto this conflict like a starved leach to a nice juicy ankle, and this focus on just iOS and Android has had a rather unpleasant side effect. This effect was subtle at first, but now, it's everywhere. Yes, if you were to believe the web, iOS and/or Android invented everything when it comes to mobile operating systems. I will have none of that, and my PDA collection begs to differ too.
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RE: PDA
by dragos.pop on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 10:36 UTC in reply to "PDA"
dragos.pop
Member since:
2010-01-08

What I ask from a smartphone is essentially good PDA functionality coupled with good phone (call and text) functionality, so I can only agree that Android and iOS devices, which are average to bad at both (their strong points being rather multimedia, web services and fart apps), certainly did not invent everything in this area ;)


Well, Palm (Handspring), HTC and nokia were in the smatphone business way before them.

So what did iOS invented:
1) multitouch
2) good music support (thx. for iPod)

Clear no revolution. Big evolution I would say.
And for android: nothing new (and I do own and love my android phone).

PS: actually android does have some innovations in the way it saves the program state and in the implementation of the virtual machine but these are not the subject of this discussion.

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RE[2]: PDA
by henderson101 on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 11:04 in reply to "RE: PDA"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

PS: actually android does have some innovations in the way it saves the program state and in the implementation of the virtual machine but these are not the subject of this discussion.


Well, saved states weren't new... a number of PalmOS apps would do this, VM's weren't new as the Newton could be programmed using Newtonscript, which ran on a VM, (also, Waba and various Java VM's existed - though not exclusively) and, more importantly, the Danger Hiptop used a very similar scheme to Android for VM (as the main designer for both projects was the same), as does Blackberry.

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RE[2]: PDA
by Carewolf on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 18:42 in reply to "RE: PDA"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

There were and are PDAs with better music support than the iPod. Some developed from advanced MP3 players just like the iPhone, but without the phone part and a decade earlier.

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RE[2]: PDA
by somebody on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 19:08 in reply to "RE: PDA"
somebody Member since:
2005-07-07

lol, really???

invented... multitouch? lol, you might wanna recheck facts
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-touch

read the part how apple just aquired Fingerworks.

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