The Original Infogear Iphone!!!
This is really incredible. I'm an RSS subscriber, and I saw this in the PC Mag tech disasters article that came out today. I joined simply to post this.
After googling for more, I found this archived review of the original InfoGear iPhone!
[DAMN THIS 10 POST MINIMUM TO POST LINKS!] Google it yourself - its the first link in google.
This was a wired phone (that looks similar to the newest Cisco VOIP phones) with a black and white touchscreen. It had a built in modem and checked email and browsed the web. It hyperlinked phone numbers and clicking would call (sound familiar?).
What is amazing? Here is the reviewer's requested new features:
- Cut and paste! PAHLEASE!
- Add a spell-checker to the email program
- Make it easier to switch between email accounts
- A regular URL location box, like other browsers
- The ability to email Web pages
- Have the iPhone automatically re-establish the Net connection after you hang up the phone.
- Make the built-in keyboard wider (there's room for this) and re-design the keys to be...ya know...usable!
- Allow use of a standard PC keyboard
- Allow use of common PC printers
- Offer a port for plugging in some sort of storage drive for offloading email, Web content, etc.
- While we're really trying to turn this into a killer app(liance), why not build in a small software developer's kit (SDK) so that others can develop little applications for the iPhone (e.g. an app that would convert a mail message full of tab-delimited names, numbers and email addresses into the address book files on the iPhone).
More space? Cut and paste? Keyboard?
This guy was WAY ahead of his time!