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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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:

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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jared_wilkes Member since:

No, it is not because of higher ppis or other technologies. It's because Samsung thought they could sell more phones if theirs looked more like iPhones.

Technological advancement doesn't morph copying the PalmOS or PocketPC OS into a visual clone of the iOS homescreen without the intention of copying.

This is further absurdity, and you throw in some ad hominem at the end to boot!

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saso Member since:
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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