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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Oh dear!
by akrosdbay on Sun 26th Aug 2012 14:50 UTC
akrosdbay
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2008-06-09

"The iPhone did not introduce the concept of a mobile device with a fully touch-screen operated user interface and few buttons. This was a concept ingrained in the mobile industry since the late '80s and early '90s, and acclaimed and/or popular technology enthusiasts like Dan Frakes, John Gruber, Marco Arment, and the countless others who retweeted this nonsense are doing the industry a huge disservice by ignoring this obvious fact."

The iPhone changed the way PDA's and Phones were merged. Thereby changing both industries. There is no market for PDAs anymore and smartphones now follow the iPhone formula. This new formula works evidenced by the explosion of the smartphone market.

People that would never carry a PDA phone are now carrying smartphones. It beggars belief that you can't see this obvious fact. Your Apple didn't do anything that wasn't already obvious stance seems to have blinded you.

Edited 2012-08-26 14:52 UTC

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RE: Oh dear!
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 26th Aug 2012 14:55 in reply to "Oh dear!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You seem to be blinded by the fact that market success has no bearing on this article, much in the same way that just because Windows is more popular it's not better than Mac OS X.

Edited 2012-08-26 14:56 UTC

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RE[2]: Oh dear!
by akrosdbay on Sun 26th Aug 2012 22:11 in reply to "RE: Oh dear!"
akrosdbay Member since:
2008-06-09

You seem to be blinded by the fact that market success has no bearing on this article, much in the same way that just because Windows is more popular it's not better than Mac OS X.


iPhone's market success was not what I commented on. I said every new smartphone follows the iPhone principle. Thus the market was changed and established. A vast majority of the people didn't care for smartphones or PDAs your article mentions. Show me a pure PDA market in the last few years.. How many were launched and what were the sales figures like?

It wasn't jus the device. Apple made data plans mandatory and now in the U.S every smartphone comes with it. That changed the way people use these devices.

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