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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by Luminair on Sun 26th Aug 2012 14:42 UTC
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the apple circle interface started off as a navigation wheel, just like the circles on the pdas in thom's picture. so what's the innovation, removing the some of the navigation?

and the iphone has app launching buttons along the bottom of the screen, just like the pdas in thom's picture. what's the innovation there, moving the buttons onto the touch screen with software? palm would have done this too if the technology was good enough. but they had crappy touchscreens that demanded stylus use, which demanded having the graffiti area, which demanded using so much of their precious screen space that there was no room left to wast on buttons you could make with plastic.

oh there I go again, getting drawn into a rant party. thom you little devil

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