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    It's been four years to the day that Palm's would-be savior platform, webOS, launched to much hoopla with the original Pre. And though the days since have been dark ones indeed for the all-but-dead platform, we thought it would be nice to indulge our nostalgia on this, the anniversary day of "20090606," with a Palm Pre unboxing. Fortunately, our own Michael Fisher happened to have a like-new Palm Pre box, an artifact from a launch-day excursion to his local Sprint store all those years ago. And while the Pre within might charitably be called "well-loved" in terms of its physical condition, ...

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    North America, Summer 2006: Talladega Nights is at the top of the box office; Nickelback and Hinder battle it out for butt-rock band of the year; and an acting student named Michael Fisher grows a pretty sweet mustache in an otherwise-sedate corner of Southeastern Virginia. But more importantly, a hotly anticipated and long-delayed mobile phone finally lands on Verizon Wireless retail shelves. It's a device poised to challenge RIM’s BlackBerry family in the QWERTY keyboard arena. A new Windows Mobile smartphone unlike any other. That device’s name: the Motorola Q. The Q changed the ...

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    At the halfway mark of the last decade, the Motorola i930 was a beast. It packed a 180MHz processor, 32MB of RAM, a VGA camera, and Windows Mobile 2003 into a 167g casing more than 30mm thick. It was a hard-core, ruggedized device built at a time when rugged feature phones still commanded a premium, and durable smartphones were practically unheard-of. It also packed the fastest walkie-talkie in the industry, and a carrier label that, at the time of the phone's release in 2005, was among the most-respected brands in the United States: NEXTEL. The i930 wasn't all sunshine and polish, though: ...

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    Every day across the globe, a familiar scene plays out at festivals, in bars, on boats, on college campuses, and everywhere in between. Close friends, giddy with sober excitement or drunk on fun and whiskey, press their faces together, contort their expressions into ridiculous pouty smiles, and snap a self-portrait with their smartphones. Thousands of times a day this takes place, the pixelated results splattering across Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and every other social medium. Aside from the irritating side-effect of flooding the internet with pictures of duck-faced pouty lips, this ...

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    We're too busy nowadays rocking our quad-core smartphones with their 720p displays but we continue to look back in time and check out those phones which represented important milestones in the history of a company, platform or the user experience in general. The HTC Touch was launched in June 2007 -- it will be five years old soon -- and it represents the foundation for everything HTC Sense-enabled we came to know and love nowadays. Thanks to HTC TouchFlo (aka the Cube), the HTC Touch tried to make Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional more user friendly. In terms of specs it featured a 200MHz ...

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    A few days back, Brandon Miniman posted a short tribute to the thick phones of yore, and it got me thinking. While I appreciate thin devices and marvel with the rest of you every time an OEM manages to shave a few more millimeters off a casing design, I don't have much nostalgia for the brick-like smartphones of days past. What I really long for are my dumbphones. The reason: I miss that sweet flip action. It's basically impossible to find a modern smartphone in the clamshell form factor. Sure, there are occasional exceptions, but for the most part, the monolithic slab is the rule of the ...

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