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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No regular person owned a PDA
by HarmHilvers on Sun 26th Aug 2012 12:04 UTC
HarmHilvers
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2010-12-29

PDAs might have existed for quite some time before the iPhone, but in my experience there were not that many people who owned one. There were, however, large numbers of people who owned dumbphones, remotes, televisions, computers and all kinds of other devices with lots of buttons.

Yes, you might be right in stating that the almost-button-less iPhone should be compared to the almost-button-less PDAs of the time, but for many people back then that was not the comparison that was made.

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RE: No regular person owned a PDA
by some1 on Sun 26th Aug 2012 16:01 in reply to "No regular person owned a PDA"
some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

Yes, all PDAs at the time were targeted to power users. Apple were the first to market a PDA-like device to regular folks (who had little idea about existing devices). The was a brilliant idea, but to a technological invention.

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imaginarynumber Member since:
2012-08-28

Fair comment but the reviews of the woefully underpowered/featured-poor iphone were by and large written by people that had only ever used "dumb" phones.

Anecdotally, I recall sitting in pubs with windows mobile units and being asked why I would want an internet capable touch screen phone, as late as 2008. I mention 2008 because I didn't meet anyone that had the first iphone. Ironically for the next couple of years I had to endure the same muppets going "look what I can do with my iPhone, it is amazing" and then giving me puzzled looks when I tell them that I have been able to do the same thing for years, and indeed that I could do much more.

Kudos to apple for taking someone else's hard work and making it popular, lack of kudos for then patenting that hard work and using it as a stick to beat the competition.

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