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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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 26th Aug 2012 15:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
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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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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by bouhko on Sun 26th Aug 2012 16:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
bouhko Member since:
2010-06-24

I think the people that say the iPhone wasn't a milestone are as dumb as the Apple brainwashed fans that pretend Apple invented everything.

The iPhone was a wake-up call for the whole phone industry. They took some existing ideas, invented/refined some others and they polished it in a way that nobody ever did before. That's Apple's strength: they polish their products so that what was a niche product ends up being useful for the masses.

Now, the somewhat political question that this whole trial raise is : should a company have a legal way to block its concurrent from copying them or is the fact that they will be first to market a big enough advantage in itself ?

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sun 26th Aug 2012 16:45 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I think the people that say the iPhone wasn't a milestone are as dumb as the Apple brainwashed fans that pretend Apple invented everything.


The Apple users I know IRL, the Apple fans and plain users, nor the Apple supporters on this site don't claim, as far as I have noticed, Apple invented everything.

What I do notice is the Apple haters/Google fans make up these kind of claims and then ridicule Apple and its customers.

I don't think there is anything wrong with taking hints from the competition. Apple showed the future and the competition took notice, nothing wrong with that.

What is wrong, IMO, when a company like Samsung copies everything, including stuff not related to the functioning of the device itself (like packaging, commercials, icons).

Before Apple they copied RIM and Nokia. They don't add anything to consumer choice, they just offer copies, more of the same. Just try to get a smart phone that doesn't display a grid of icons for you to touch.

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