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: Revisionist History
by MOS6510 on Mon 27th Aug 2012 04:56 UTC in reply to "Revisionist History"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Apparently Apple had a prototype of a touch operated phone in 1983:

http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/apples-first-touchscreen-phone...

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RE[2]: Revisionist History
by galvanash on Mon 27th Aug 2012 05:24 in reply to "RE: Revisionist History"
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2006-01-25

Another interesting tidbit...

Ironically (since this thread was talking about the Zoomer and Palm) - tying back to our current court case you can get the following reverse chronology:

Thom points out that most modern Smartphones are decedents of the Palm Pilot (1996), created by Jeff Hawkins

... who originally wrote the software for what most consider to be the first touchscreen PDA, the Zoomer (1992)

... who previously worked for GRID Systems and designed the GRIDPad, what is widely considered to be the fist touchscreen Tablet (1989)

... which was actually manufactured by, take a guess

... Samsung

And the we all go spinning down the rabbit hole ;)

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RE[3]: Revisionist History
by MOS6510 on Mon 27th Aug 2012 05:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Revisionist History"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It just makes you wonder what kind of prototypes have been made that never managed to escape the lab to reach public knowledge.

No doubt IBM must have a whole lot of stuff in some dark dungeon.

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RE[3]: Revisionist History
by TM99 on Mon 27th Aug 2012 06:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Revisionist History"
TM99 Member since:
2012-08-26

Another interesting tidbit...

Ironically (since this thread was talking about the Zoomer and Palm) - tying back to our current court case you can get the following reverse chronology:

Thom points out that most modern Smartphones are decedents of the Palm Pilot (1996), created by Jeff Hawkins

... who originally wrote the software for what most consider to be the first touchscreen PDA, the Zoomer (1992)

... who previously worked for GRID Systems and designed the GRIDPad, what is widely considered to be the fist touchscreen Tablet (1989)

... which was actually manufactured by, take a guess

... Samsung

And the we all go spinning down the rabbit hole ;)


Yes! Thank you. I was going to post the same evolutionary history.

You are absolutely spot on with this, and isn't it ironic?

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