Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 12:06 UTC
Apple Exactly five years ago today, Apple officially released its entry into the mobile phone market, the iPhone. Immediately loved by customers the world over, ridiculed by the competition, and, in my book, not particularly innovative feature-wise, it changed the mobile phone industry virtually overnight. Love the iPhone or hate the iPhone, its industry-changing impact is evident.
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RE: Before iPhone...
by darknexus on Fri 29th Jun 2012 20:42 UTC in reply to "Before iPhone..."
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Before iPhone, phones could come with a stylus for clicking tiny links, selecting text etc. Now that convenience is unacceptably old fashioned.

Oh yes, because an extra tiny stylus you could easily lose, and required to operate a phone, was oh such a great idea. Yes, let's make the phone hard to operate (and they were) if you don't have a little pen because, you know, it works for pencil and paper. This is exactly why the iPhone trumped those phones. Most stylus phones ran either Windows Mobile or Palm OS. Windows Mobile was utter crap for touch, as Microsoft tried to shoehorn a desktop-style UI on that tiny screen. Palm wasn't so cludgy an interface, but it had other problems such as its lack of stability when under even a bit of load. Add to that, resistive touch screens could activate while in your pocket if you bumped into something. No thanks. If you're going to do touch screens on devices like this, they need to be finger-operable and designed for that from the ground up.

In short, before iPhone, phones were engineered. Durability, reliability and real usability mattered.

The only truly durable phones I've had have been Nokias, most of them running Symbian. Now, there was a nice mobile os (light, quick, and it put phone functionality above all else), though it was no good for touch-based input. If you want to get annoyed at anyone for ditching durable phones, you should point the finger at Nokia. RIM used to make durable phones as well, or at least that's my impression, but they've gone straight down the crapper as well. You can also blame the average person for this; these are the people who want extra-thin and shiny devices instead of rugged ones, and that trend started long before Apple.

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