Originally Posted by hungover
I phrased my point badly. I was trying to point out that the iPhone was not the first to remove the hardware phone button from the front of the unit. The HTC Athena had buttons on the front but not for dialing.
That monstrosity had phone capabilities but it was a pocket PC not a smartphone. Just look at how huge that thing is. There were plenty of thee devices that weren't phones but contained ways to make calls because they connected to a cellular network. Most vendors simply don't understand that it's not what you add but what you don't add.
Here isn't view to show how this was not a smartphone but a cellular connected PDA.
To the best of my knowledge (OS aside) the only thing that differentiated the iphone from it's successors was the capacitive multitouch screen. Whilst multitouch capacitive had existed for years it was the first time it had been used in a phone
Having checked my facts I remove my point about HW zoom scroll wheels, this was much later than I had initially thought
Name one multi-touch capacitance touchscreen device?