Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 26th Aug 2012 10:28 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In light of the jury verdict in Apple vs. Samsung, the one-liners and jokes flew back and forth. One in particular, by Dan Frakes, has been copied and pasted all over the web, and it goes like this: "When the iPhone debuted, it was widely criticized for having no buttons/keys. Now people think the iPhone's design is 'obvious'." This is a very common trend in this entire debate that saddens me to no end: the iPhone is being compared to simple feature phones, while in fact, it should be compared to its true predecessor: the PDA. PDAs have always done with few buttons.
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Comment by kwan_e
by kwan_e on Sun 26th Aug 2012 11:21 UTC
kwan_e
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2007-02-18

Surely, the whole "buttonless" idea was obvious since the invention of the television...

People had been finding ways of getting rid of buttons for decades. Voice control, styluses, trackballs, the Etch-a-Sketch. The iP(hone|([ao]d)) still has buttons, but they are now displayed on screen.

In much the same way, humanity has progressed from thousands of gods to just a few, then to one and now there's a movement to get rid of the last one.

It's ridiculous to assert with a straight face that it wasn't obvious that the mathematical operation of subtraction would lead to buttonless devices.

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RE: Comment by kwan_e
by xavier on Mon 27th Aug 2012 07:46 in reply to "Comment by kwan_e"
xavier Member since:
2012-08-27

Apple should patent "Less is more"!

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