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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Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Apple shows what Samsung shows in 80% of the advertising, product packaging, and other marketing materials. The app drawer designed to look like PalmOS' and PocketPC's app drawers.


Fixed that for you.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Yeah, put the TouchWiz app drawer in front of anyone and see if they say if they think it is designed to look like the Apple iOS home screen or a PalmOS or PocketPC app drawer.

This "correction" doesn't pass the laugh test.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Well yes maybe that's because we are ten years further in development of high-res screens and other technologies.

Your dismissal of history is worrying, but not unsurprising considering you allegiance.

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saso Member since:
2007-04-18

http://www.flixya.com/files-photo/w/i/j/wijayamarthen-2167469.jpg
Oh noes! Nokia has pre-infringed Apple's revolutionary 4-item wide application icon grid arrangement ("on a mobile device") on the home screen. Quick, call in the patent drones, there's money to be made!
Seriously though, an app drawer that is represented as a grid of icons is probably *the* most obvious way to do it. It's been the norm in computing since the dawn of GUIs.
Btw: Symbian also had a customizable quick launch bar that is functionally a superset of the dock on the iPhone.

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