Did apple start the "Touch Screen Phone" Revolution?

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  1. buymeaniphone macrumors 6502

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    I know it might seem pretty presumptuous to assume that Apple was the first to ignite the Touch Screen phone movement, but does it seem weird to anyone else that all of a sudden theres quite a bit of new slim glossy full touch screen smart phones in the market now? Yes I know it takes months and years to do the R&D to create a phone, but I'm just wondering if maybe other companies got a wiff of what Apple was cooking and decided to try to beat them to the punch. I'm sure its all a coincidence, but I'd like to hear what every one else thinks.
     
  2. vniow macrumors G4

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    Ignite it? No, there have been a fair amount of touchscreen phones before the iPhone. If anything they gave it a kick in the arse but I'm reluctant to say that they ignited the whole thing.
     
  3. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

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    No. I was on my Verizon XV6700 Windows Smartphone w/ touchscreen long before I had heard anything about the iPhone. And mine definitely wasn't the first mainstream touchscreen.
     
  4. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I think it's just a case of simultaneous development. The iPhone has a very complex OS compared to phones such as the LG Prada.
     
  5. Agent Smith macrumors 6502

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    Would not the Palm Treo phones be considered touch screen? But I think the OP is right that there seem to be more designed suspiciously like the iPhone/LG Prada phone. I can't remember the name, but I remember seeing one that looked like a blatent rip-off...
     
  6. clevin macrumors G3

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    the thing is, a complex OS with such few functions and so limited 3rd party apps, make me wonder if putting a strip down OSX in there is because apple is too lazy or dumb to make a new lighter system.

    for OP, Apple did not INVENT any new tech with iPhone, but Apple did ignite the trend like it always does with its fabulous PR.
     
  7. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Keep in mind, the critical difference between the iPhone and other existing touch-screen phones is the multi-touch. That's really where the UI is going to shine in comparison, because it allows for a lot of neat modes of input. I personally think multi-touch on a large desktop computer screen would be even cooler, at least for certain operations.
     
  8. Luis macrumors 65816

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    Exactly.... imagine using Omnigraffle (first one that comes to mind) with multitouch :eek:
     
  9. jwa276 macrumors regular

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    I think the big key difference that hasn't been mentioned yet is the lack of need for a stylus. I've had numerous PDA's and I have to say the stylus is the one thing that has always annoyed me.

    Multi-touch is definitely a breakthrough, but for me using my fingers to do all tasks seems like the best advantage over ALL other organizer/pda touchscreens available to date (and finger-interaction based gps navigation systems don't count- they only serve 1 purpose).

    It will be interesting to see if apple introduces the "Stylus Free" touchscreen phone movement, because I'd definitely be one to argue they are FOR SURE starting a new era of interactive devices!
     
  10. djsound macrumors 6502a

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    dont get me wrong here I'd love an iphone, but just wait n see how annoying touch screens are. I've used them before and they get SO dirty hehe......always greasy from your fingers and I dont think im a greasy person..
     
  11. solvs macrumors 603

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    As usual, no, Apple may not have invented it, but the implementation is what makes it good. It's the way Apple does it. If it works as well as it looked during the presentation, it deserves all the hype it gets.
     
  12. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Apple didn't invent this, but then they didn't invent the mp3 player either, and we've seen how that's played out.
     
  13. bartelby macrumors Core

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    My touchscreen phone is very good at resisting greasy fingerprints, I'm pretty impressed by it.
     
  14. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    How do you dial regular phones?
     
  15. crees! macrumors 68000

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    Speculation and more speculation. No one knows the details of any of this at the moment.
     
  16. DeathChill macrumors 68000

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    But regular phones don't have a touchscreen and therefore it doesn't matter so much if the button has a smudge as it does if your screen has a huge smug across it, as it'll mess up your view.

    I think that Apple would have thought of this and done something to help prevent smudging, but who knows.
     
  17. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    True, hopefully the iPhone meets a similar fate as has been enjoyed by the iPod. :)
     
  18. bloodycape macrumors 65816

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    It was Handspring(now Palm) who had one of the first touch screen phones(I think). However, HTC is the one that moved it really forward, with just having devices that are touch only.
     
  19. jwa276 macrumors regular

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    Still, if you want to get anything done on those phones besides calling someone (even to this day), you will either need the keyboard buttons or a stylus. Apple has eliminated both of these extra things completely from the iPhone interface. Just use your fingers... "Who wants a stylus?" :)
     
  20. acearchie macrumors 68040

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    umm what about the newton and the like sim card adaptor that allowed you to email on the go?

    Wasnt that pretty much the first touch screen item that fitted in your pocket (However big that pocket was)
     
  21. bloodycape macrumors 65816

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    I personally rather use an actual keyboard/thumboard than a full on screen keyboard(like the iphone). I rarely use a stylus but it can be useful once in a while.
     
  22. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

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    Same here. On my XV6700 I can use the slide out keyboard or the on-screen, and frankly the on-screen is a bit of a pain. I can practically use the qwerty slide out without looking, though even then my thumbs seem a bit too big sometimes.

    I'm not a fan of Blackberries (administering a BES has really turned me off of them) but at least you can type one-handed on them and know you're not hitting the wrong key.
     
  23. Stella macrumors 604

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    How about the Ericsson R380.. way back in 2000!

    http://www.geek.com/hwswrev/pda/ericr380/index.htm
     
  24. rmapple macrumors newbie

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    MULTI-Touchscreen. Big difference.

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    Keep in mind, the critical difference between the iPhone and other existing touch-screen phones is the multi-touch. That's really where the UI is going to shine in comparison, because it allows for a lot of neat modes of input. I personally think multi-touch on a large desktop computer screen would be even cooler, at least for certain operations.
     
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