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[2]: PDA
by Neolander on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 12:55 UTC in reply to "RE: PDA"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

For phone functionality, it's because unlike Symbian (WebOS too I think, with JustType), these OSs don't offer quick access to the communication functionality, which is instead hidden behind a variable number of screens and scrolling depending on manufacturer & operator tweaking. Low presence (or, for iOS, nonexistence) of keyboard hardware also makes them quite poor at extensive text communication : virtual keyboards are sufficient for infrequent use, but after alphanumeric keypads they're the motorcycle of text input on phones.

For PDA, I should probably precise which PDA functionality I use most : calendar/reminder functionalities and e-mail. Android and iOS are OK at e-mail, without offering anything out of the ordinary in that area either : it's here, it does its job, but it's not a top priority. In the realm of reminders, going above the feature phone level and offering basic OS integration would require to have at least a way to display upcoming entries and to-do lists on the home screen. A functionality which is optional and unsupported on Android (widgets) and nonexistent on iOS. Well, at least they have syncML support, like every single other phone OS out there...

So well... I'd like to have a look at WebOS or the upcoming QNX-based version of BlackberryOS, to see if they're better on these fronts, but so far I'm quite disappointed.

Edited 2011-07-22 12:56 UTC

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RE[3]: PDA
by cwaig_g on Fri 22nd Jul 2011 14:02 in reply to "RE[2]: PDA"
cwaig_g Member since:
2009-11-30

For PDA, I should probably precise which PDA functionality I use most : calendar/reminder functionalities and e-mail. Android and iOS are OK at e-mail, without offering anything out of the ordinary in that area either : it's here, it does its job, but it's not a top priority. In the realm of reminders, going above the feature phone level and offering basic OS integration would require to have at least a way to display upcoming entries and to-do lists on the home screen. A functionality which is optional and unsupported on Android (widgets) and nonexistent on iOS. Well, at least they have syncML support, like every single other phone OS out there...


It's funny really - that's a function that was available (in jailbreak form) on iOS years ago (I used to use it on my iPod Touch).

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RE[4]: PDA
by Neolander on Sat 23rd Jul 2011 07:07 in reply to "RE[3]: PDA"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Having to void the warranty of expensive devices and expose them to shady software just to get minimal functionality is not exactly what I call support ;) But you're right, I should have precised I'm talking about non-jailbroken iOS.

Edited 2011-07-23 07:11 UTC

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