Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 27th Aug 2012 13:53 UTC
Editorial The dream of inexpensive computing for everyone has been with us since the first computers. Along the way it has taken some unexpected turns. This article summarizes key trends and a few of the surprises.
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RE: Smartphones are not new.
by clasqm on Tue 28th Aug 2012 09:31 UTC in reply to "Smartphones are not new."
clasqm
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2010-09-23

As an ex-user of Psion PDA's and Nokia 9000-series Communicators I'd have to agree. There is simply no decisive changeover point between a "featurephone" and a "smartphone".

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Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

For may years now even basic phones have played media files, browsed the internet, taken pictures, and run "apps". The move from dedicated PDAs and phones towards single units was not "revolutionary" but rather a gradual process that began in the early 1990s, many years before ~either~ Apple or Samsung were making smartphones.

My point, the line between PDAs, basic phones, smartphones, and other devices has always been thin and gray.

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