Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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First touchscreen phone?
by Morgan on Mon 30th Jul 2012 21:37 UTC
Morgan
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2005-06-29

I've brought this up before, but the first touchscreen cellphone (and arguably the first smartphone given its PDA functions) was the IBM Simon Personal Communicator in the early-mid 1990s. Even the Treo beat both Samsung and Apple by a few years, and for those who consider Symbian a smartphone OS, so did Nokia. Though, I don't recall seeing a touch version of a Symbian phone until around the time the iPhone was revealed.

Regardless, it's pretty clear from the evidence in the article that Apple should give up their holy war against Samsung.

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RE: First touchscreen phone?
by Gusar on Mon 30th Jul 2012 22:34 in reply to "First touchscreen phone?"
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2010-07-16

Though, I don't recall seeing a touch version of a Symbian phone until around the time the iPhone was revealed.

Nokia didn't have them, but Sony Ericsson did - P800, P900 and P910, touchscreen phones using Symbian UIQ. The first one was released in 2002. The interface was primarily for a stylus, not fingers, but still.

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RE[2]: First touchscreen phone?
by smashIt on Mon 30th Jul 2012 22:51 in reply to "RE: First touchscreen phone?"
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The interface was primarily for a stylus, not fingers, but still.


could be because symbian inherited the stylus from epoc ;)

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RE: First touchscreen phone?
by _txf_ on Mon 30th Jul 2012 23:14 in reply to "First touchscreen phone?"
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Though, I don't recall seeing a touch version of a Symbian phone until around the time the iPhone was revealed.


what you don't recall is a Series60 touchscreen phone. There were however others like UIQ, Series80 (in the communicator phones) and Series 90 (in the Nokia 7710 and 7700, look them up on wikipedia)

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RE[2]: First touchscreen phone?
by Morgan on Mon 30th Jul 2012 23:26 in reply to "RE: First touchscreen phone?"
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2005-06-29

You're both right, I failed to take into consideration Nokia's non-S60 models, most likely due to the very limited presence Nokia has here in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world. I do recall seeing a Nokia Communicator in some 2000-era spy film set in Europe, but I've never seen one in the flesh, so to speak.

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RE: First touchscreen phone?
by zima on Fri 3rd Aug 2012 02:55 in reply to "First touchscreen phone?"
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2005-07-06

for those who consider Symbian a smartphone OS

Why wouldn't it be considered as such? (especially if we're include Simon or Treo)

Anyway, there's perhaps one even earlier device that Samsung could point out - perhaps a bit on the large side of things, but still showing similar form-factor: GRiDPad, a tablet launched in 1989 http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/6565/GRidPad-1910/
And the best part: it was manufactured by... Samsung.

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