Linked by the_randymon on Mon 21st Jan 2013 19:27 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "The first computers were gigantic, filling rooms and requiring constant care and maintenance. [...] The computer stayed on the desk until the laptop computer, a smaller, more portable, but just as powerful machine, made it nearly obsolete. And then, the iPhone was released, followed shortly after by Android and the Palm WebOS, and the next step in computing was clear. What we did not immediately understand was if mobile computing was an accessory, or a replacement, for the traditional desktop machines." Jon-Buys at Ostatic believes the phone-becomes-computer paradigm is the next step.
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RE[2]: I actually really did LOL
by the_randymon on Mon 21st Jan 2013 20:37 UTC in reply to "RE: I actually really did LOL"
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No, it was clear since PDAs came out. Way before iPhone. The fact that mobile computers were combined with telephony wasn't really a revolutionary breakthrough in technological thought, though it was a breakthrough in consumer market.

Everyone I know who has an iphone (and these days it seems like every American walking the city streets has an iphone; where's the diversity?) says that the iphone is a pocket computer that happens to have phone capability. Furthermore, most confess as a telephone it's somewhat mediocre. Interesting.

As for the PDA revolution, I remember well the days when we were asking if PDAs would absorb phone features, or if phones would absorb PDA features. It's not really important which of those two scenarios actually happened, since where we wound up is the same.

I'm carrying a small Android phone by Samsung, and while I like it, there are still some things about it that make me miss my old cheapie cellphone (dumb phone). Furthermore, I'm not letting go of my desktop for any smartphone+Cloud Schmaboozle for anything on earth.

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and these days it seems like every American walking the city streets has an iphone; where's the diversity?

I see all kind of devices used by people around, and I can't say that iPhone dominates them. I see Samsungs, Motorolas and other types used along with iPhones. May be my area in US has more diversity. I even saw N900 once recently, though I never saw N9 used in the street yet.

Edited 2013-01-21 21:54 UTC

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