Originally Posted by Cattle-Dog
It's hard Microsoft, I know (not really), but phones don't need a Start Button!
Does it bother anyone else, or just me, that Windows Mobile is being referred to with increasing frequency as a "phone" OS?
I tend to think of my mobile device as a pocket computer that has phone functionality. But over the past couple of months, I have really noticed that people seem to be moving away from the concept of a pocket-sized computer, to something that is primarily a phone, with a phone operating system.
Windows Mobile has a "Start" button because it was initially designed to be a pocket computer, not just a glorified phone.
If phones do not need a "Start" button (or any such element that suggests that the device is actually a computer), do they also need need web browsers, GPS capability, Office document editing capability, third-party software capability, media players, etc.? These are functions that I typically attribute to computers, not phones.
I am not able to put my finger on it, but for some reason there is something about this that really bothers me. Maybe its that I feel like our phone/text-crazed culture is imposing its way of thinking on the concept that I have really grown to appreciate over the past several years - the computer that fits in your pocket.
It could be that we are just evolving the term "phone" to refer to much more than it ever has in the past. At the same time, I have a tough time imagining myself referring to my Touch HD (if I ever get my hand on one) as my "phone." Its really a pocket PC, and I'm glad it has a "Start" button (or some form of computer-oriented UI element).