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 MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 26th Aug 2012 15:12 UTC
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

I don't think any large group of people is saying the iPhone started mobile computing. What the iPhone did is mark a shift in what people expect from a mobile phone.

It is a milestone and Thom & co trying for 5 years to prove it isn't kind of proves it is.

Soon the next iPhone will arrive. It will be disappointing, mark the end of Apple, be ridiculed, it will be pointed out it has new features that Android already has and sell more units than the previous iPhone. As usual.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 26th Aug 2012 15:19 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Point me to where I claim it is NOT a milestone. Please. Do so.

Of course the iPhone is a milestone - it had a huge impact. However, it's not a milestone because it did anything new or for the first time; it did things better. And rightfully so Apple got rewarded for it.

I've said so in countless articles. You appear to be putting words into my mouth because you have no way to address the actual article at hand.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 26th Aug 2012 15:25 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

In the article you cite these historic facts that no one seems to be disputing. I for one I don't dispute them. I have a few Palms, MessagePads, PocketPCs, Psions and others. Palm and Handspring devices were in fact very popular with Apple users.

But you always make it sound the world is mad and the iPhone is some rebranded Palm Pilot.

If was up to me Palm would still be in business.

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