Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Apr 2013 10:43 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "You'll remember the 'scroll and select' days of S60, hopefully. Smartphones driven by a navigational d-pad with central 'OK' button. Now look in your hand to see Symbian in Belle Refresh or Belle FP2 form and there's very little similarity. How did we get from one to the other and could things have happened differently? I say yes."
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Not 20/20 hindsight
by mkone on Fri 19th Apr 2013 18:00 UTC
mkone
Member since:
2006-03-14

I can't believe the article is trying to make the argument that the 5800 could do more than the iPhone one year after the iPhone's launch. Seriously deluded thinking.

The iPhone had a superior music player, a superior browser, a superior email client, superior contacts management, a superior video player, superior maps application (OK it didn't do turn-by-turn navigation, but was superior in every other way).

A year after launch, the iPhone got an app store, and then it could do way more than the 5800 ExpressMusic.

It's fine to argue that an Android phone can do more now than an iPhone, but to claim that the 5800 was superior to the iPhone is delusional.

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RE: Not 20/20 hindsight
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 19th Apr 2013 22:37 in reply to "Not 20/20 hindsight"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

In terms of feature count and expandablity, the author might be right in that sense, but in terms of quality and fitness for purpose the iphone was vastly superior. Two minutes playing with each, and 9/10 people would choose the iphone even without the app store.

I myself might be part of that 10% that would prefer the 5800, but I'm crazy like that. Seriously tried to buy it in the US, but Nokia refused to ship to a different address than billed to.

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