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Well, sorry abut Steve Jobs. The mortality of the famous is always sad.
Back here, I just bought a Pre. The interesting thing is that this phone is the first product I have seen that incorporates Apple design principles .. but with a twist all its own.
The twist is that the pre may be the forst twue web device. It is alweays of the web and many of its functions are clod based. When you use it, you are usually unaware of whatr part of app is in your hand vs running in the clouds. Very impressive and I suspect that webos may be targetted for a LOT borader range of devices than just this phone. Hint: WTF doesn't my cable box do this?
The Bad Apple part is this:
elegance of design, even at the cost of features.
For all its hype and market ting, Apple has rarely been innovative. Rather it does a great job of package. Unfortunately for users this sometimes mean that philosophy trumps practicality.
For example, SW designed for the Mac is usually weak on help files. There are two reasons for this. The first may be that offering help implies poor design. The second is that in MS-wares the help is usually controlled by the second button. Apple has tried NOT to have a second button, tried so hard that they even built a dumb mouse with NO apparent buttons.
Back in Pre land .,.. the only way to hang up the phone as of now is by hitting a button on the screen.
The issue for those who like TF (touchie feeie) interfaces is elegance. That means the question is how to make such a button available, in a multitasking phone w/o adding one more excrescence?
The slide out keyboard ...why not have sliding a signal to pickup or hangup? Phone 'rings' .. slide out for on, slide in for off. For phone calls w/o keyboard, slide out and in.
accelerometer ...shake or flick the phone to turn off.
volume buttons press both at once
back of screen. Since battery covers are interchangeable,m one could embed a second sensor there."