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[6]: Reaching
by Windows Sucks on Sun 26th Aug 2012 21:31 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Reaching"
Windows Sucks
Member since:
2005-11-10

The fact that you can install like 100,000 other apps that can do way more then a PDA can. Like my car can do 10,000 more things then a model T.

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RE[7]: Reaching
by smashIt on Sun 26th Aug 2012 21:38 in reply to "RE[6]: Reaching"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

Tother apps that can do way more then a PDA can


as good as all PDAs supportet aditionall software
nothing new here

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RE[7]: Reaching
by ichi on Sun 26th Aug 2012 22:54 in reply to "RE[6]: Reaching"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

The fact that you can install like 100,000 other apps that can do way more then a PDA can. Like my car can do 10,000 more things then a model T.


You can do 10,000 more things but your car and the T are still both cars.

I don't see how the amount of things you can do with a device defines what's a PDA and what's not. Maybe it does, but I just don't see why.

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RE[8]: Reaching
by Windows Sucks on Sun 26th Aug 2012 23:32 in reply to "RE[7]: Reaching"
Windows Sucks Member since:
2005-11-10

My point is that the Model T and my Honda are both cars but no one would compare the two and say they are the same other then being both cars.

A PDA and the iPhone both have some of the same features but they would not be compared by normal people.

If you cracked out a iPaq and an iPhone and put them next to each other most people would laugh at the comparison.

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RE[7]: Reaching
by imaginarynumber on Tue 28th Aug 2012 18:13 in reply to "RE[6]: Reaching"
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2012-08-28

Windows Mobile was Pocket PC with cellular capabilities bolted on.

The apps on windows mobile were generally stand alone apps rather than convoluted internet shortcuts (as is the case with most apps today), hardly surprising given that cellular speeds were so slow in those days.

You are however correct about the first iphone, it lacked any significant apps and did not allow 3rd party apps, again not surprising given that Jobs decreed that owning one should fulfil all of one's requirements and that it didn't even have 3G.

The day the iphone was announced I was using finger navigation on my 5" screen, windows mobile HTC Athena, double tapping to zoom into pages on opera, trying to work out why anyone would want an iphone.

I have no problem with people owning any mobile OS but I hate the fact that apple have been allowed to rewrite history to the point that so many people honestly believe that apple actually invented something new.

Let's not forget that apple have some of the most mis-leading marketing in the history of the tech industry. It's hardly surprising that they won a case involving uninformed (manipulated) members of the public yet tend to fair much worse when professionals weigh up the "evidence".

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