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[7]: Reaching
by ichi on Sun 26th Aug 2012 22:54 UTC 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[9]: Reaching
by ichi on Mon 27th Aug 2012 08:02 in reply to "RE[8]: Reaching"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

I understand your point and I know we are arguing semantics here.

I'm not saying that devices marketed as PDAs have the same features as devices marketed as smartphones, it's just that the way I see it smartphones still fall under the exact definition of a PDA.

Wasn't it because they have a SIM card I'd bet we would still be calling them PDAs.

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