Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Feb 2012 17:53 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Jobs called Android a 'stolen product', but theft can be a tricky concept when talking about innovation. The iPhone didn't emerge fully formed from Jobs's head. Rather, it represented the culmination of incremental innovation over decades - much of which occurred outside of Cupertino." Nothing particularly new in there for regular OSNews readers, but still handy to have it in one place.
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RE[4]: Comment by WorknMan
by WorknMan on Sat 25th Feb 2012 21:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by WorknMan"
WorknMan
Member since:
2005-11-13

Yeah, but didn't LG get there first?

I wont pretend to have used the LG Prada, but from all accounts I've read, it sounded very much like the first iPhone before the iPhone.


They were probably developed at the same time. And besides, from all accounts, the LG Prada was a piece of crap ;)

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RE[5]: Comment by WorknMan
by Laurence on Mon 27th Feb 2012 09:27 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by WorknMan"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


They were probably developed at the same time.

You mean like how Android and iOS were developed at the same time too. But obviously many Apple fans prefer to ignore that little fact


And besides, from all accounts, the LG Prada was a piece of crap ;)

Was it really that bad though? I mean the original iPhone wasn't that great either: lack of MMS, multitasking, copy/paste and even 3rd party app support made for a pretty crappy "smart" phone.

Granted these things did (eventually) get fixed, but I honestly think if anyone other than Apple had released a the original iPhone, it wouldn't have sold even half as well.

Edited 2012-02-27 09:30 UTC

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RE[6]: Comment by WorknMan
by WorknMan on Mon 27th Feb 2012 22:21 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by WorknMan"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Was it really that bad though?


I don't know, as I didn't own one. But the comparison articles back from early 2007 indicate that the iPhone was a significantly better experience. In pretty much every respect, the LG was just another phone, and wouldn't have been any kind of game changer, even if the iPhone hadn't been released.

I mean the original iPhone wasn't that great either: lack of MMS, multitasking, copy/paste and even 3rd party app support made for a pretty crappy "smart" phone.


Yeah, just like Windows Phone, I don't think it was all that great in the features department. But design-wise, it was a significant step ahead from anything that had come before it.

Edited 2012-02-27 22:22 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by WorknMan
by zima on Thu 1st Mar 2012 23:59 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by WorknMan"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

They were probably developed at the same time. And besides, from all accounts, the LG Prada was a piece of crap ;)

"We consider that Apple copied the Prada phone after the design was unveiled when it was presented in the iF Design Award and won the prize in September 2006." - Woo-Young Kwak, head of LG Mobile Handset R&D Center.

Even if their implementation left somewhat more (it's not like iPhone 1 didn't) to be desired, it still showed how to do a capacitive "smarpthone" (yes, we can easily say Prada really wasn't one - but then, if using any sort of rigor in our definition, iPhone 1 also wasn't).

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