Springboard: the secret history of the first real smartphone (Full Documentary)

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A decade before Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, a tiny team of renegades imagined and tried to build the modern smartphone. Nearly forgotten by history, a little startup called Handspring tried to make the future before it was ready. This is the story of the Treo.

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  • The Verge
    The Vergeหลายเดือนก่อน

    What was your first smartphone?

  • Tarsem

    Tarsem

    6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Blackberry storm

  • fmattiasc

    fmattiasc

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    An Handspring Treo 180g

  • klfjoat

    klfjoat

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    I almost got that weird phone Qualcomm made with a PalmOS interface that combined a Palm PDA and a cell phone. But I didn't. Then my sister had a Visor but I stuck with my separate Palm and phone. Then eventually had a Treo.

  • Francesco De Zorzi

    Francesco De Zorzi

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    Nokia c6-00, basically it was a budget version of the N97. I loved it. Unfortunately (for Nokia) I didn't hold on to it for very long, six months after buying it I swapped it with a friend of mine for an iPhone 3G.

  • M. Gustafson

    M. Gustafson

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    👍🏼Moto G4 play 😅 Planning to upgrade soon tho. 😎✌🏼

  • Jon Rettinger
    Jon Rettinger23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This was incredibly well done and really enjoyable.

  • Dan Mann

    Dan Mann

    12 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @The Verge the resource limit for the other comment has been reached but I wanna answer the question now because I spent time on it! Haha you probably never see it but... anyway... God I had loaaaddssss... I had a phone from the age of 9 so my first would be impossible to remember but the first one I remember that stands out is the old 3pay camera phone with the camera that could spin for selfies. And before that I remember I think it was a Siemens that could have polyphonic ringtones on it and it was amazing to me only having matrix screens and beeps in the past... would play a 30 second segment of Kylie Minogue - can't get you out of my head, which came on the phone on repeat over and over again. Drove people nuts haha. Thank you for coming to my Ted talk 🤣👍

  • Salty Maud

    Salty Maud

    22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Enjoyed the documentary, but I find the "first real smartphone" a bit dubious. What about devices like Nokia 9000? Treo 180 came in 2002 which was also the year for contemporaries like Nokia 9210i, Nokia 7650, Sony Ericsson P800 that were all true smartphones and I'd say more appealing ones at that.

  • The Verge

    The Verge

    23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Thank you Jon!

  • The Nostalgic Future
    The Nostalgic Futureหลายเดือนก่อน

    If I can be honest, I was shocked when I realized this was from The Verge. This is an excellent little documentary.

  • The Nostalgic Future

    The Nostalgic Future

    วันที่ผ่านมา

    @kiyosen L. literally

  • kiyosen L.

    kiyosen L.

    วันที่ผ่านมา

    Surprisingly good, now i have to put the verge back on my do not suggest channel list, idk how it got off of there but i do appreciate that i got the first video from them I've ever considered good

  • Aniket Gidye

    Aniket Gidye

    14 วันที่ผ่านมา

    For people who don't follow verge, here's a quick tip: anything with deiter in it is a must watch for any tech enthusiast

  • Carlos Guillermo Ibarra

    Carlos Guillermo Ibarra

    24 วันที่ผ่านมา

    me too !

  • mark morgenstern
    mark morgensternหลายเดือนก่อน

    Thank you! this was lovely! I still have handspring, treo and a couple of modules, including one that still has an audio recording in its NVRAM of my nephew when he was a baby. What a heartbreak to see how these smart people weren't quite rewarded for their visionaryness (if that's a word) but it's really cool you captured this moment in history in amber. Thank you!

  • Gamble

    Gamble

    9 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @TdotSoul Capitalism rewards parasitism, the next big idea will be missed because some CEO doesn't have the vision and the inventor doesn't have the capital, I mean all the technology: the internet, GPS, touch screens: all military projects, government funded, companies like Apple and Microsoft just steal other peoples ideas and make them profitable, what's sad is that if you do fight to make it big, they can just copy you as soon as it looks promising. Because people will only innovate for profit, free markets actually stifle innovation.

  • TdotSoul

    TdotSoul

    24 วันที่ผ่านมา

    That happens all the time. The father of the modern search engine is a guy from the tiny island of Barbados. He lives a modest but happy life today. These are the people who should be our role models. People who improve the world but don't become greedy parasites.

  • Hector Fontanez

    Hector Fontanez

    28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Those Handspring handhelds were so great!! I think I threw away the literature that came with them not that long ago. I don't know what happened to the device itself. Maybe it is in some box in some closet in my house.

  • MediaFaust

    MediaFaust

    29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Visionaryness .. um, I think the word you're looking for is genius.

  • Jeff McLennan
    Jeff McLennan24 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Loved my Visor Edge. Had the phone and sound player modules. Everyone made fun of me because my phone was so big. I also love being able to say that I had a smartphone years before iPhone.

  • BrettHanaNoah

    BrettHanaNoah

    7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I think a few people did. I had the Nokia 9210 Commmunicator then Sony Ericsson P800i then the P900i and lastly before the I got the iPhone the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 which ran Windows 6.1. The first 2 mentioned here ran Synbian. But none of them were as smooth as the iPhone.

  • Muaz Osman
    Muaz Osmanหลายเดือนก่อน

    Beautiful Doc! I appreciated the research and attention to details that went into this.

  • Fusion1790

    Fusion1790

    23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @Exquize racist

  • TdotSoul

    TdotSoul

    24 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @Exquize they mentioned the Newton, but it was Palm that made touch screen PDAs a household name. The Newton was a proof of concept, but the palm pilot was revolutionary. Not sure why you're so upset.

  • Exquize

    Exquize

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    "the research and attention to details" are focused more on Handspring and nothing about Apple Newton which was here way before (with GPS, writing email, internet, handwriting recognition, printing, SMS with NewtSMS+) they even have a slot for extension (very common in those time anyway), all that in 1993 until 1998... This from Verge, is just glorification by nostalgia and missing opportunity of those entrepreneurs and pushed by this journalist (old user), they didn't invent anything or innovate, i'm sure they took all the idea just like the Gameboy from the Newton PDA. Remember HandSpring was the competition and answer to Newton, not the other way around. Newton was stopped by steve jobs who was back, because it was not great and too much expensive. Also he was more focus on creating product more than looking at the competition. I'm not even an apple fan but when you know the story and you are honest you can only be filled with annoyance, research within everyone's reach, on top of that ... Like the AVGN said once, the research and attention to details "my ***".

  • Another Boring Topic
    Another Boring Topicหลายเดือนก่อน

    Solid video, and it's good to see the Palm/Handspring team getting some love and attention, they are very much forgotten visionaries. For further reading, I highly recommend the book "Piloting Palm" as a great history of Palm/Handspring from their inception all the way up to Handspring launching its first models. So far as I am aware, its the only such book out there.

  • Emmanuel de Kerchove

    Emmanuel de Kerchove

    วันที่ผ่านมา

    Indeed, pls read "Piloting Palm" for more historical details (disclaimer: former Palm / Treo user here)

  • 𝔖𝔢𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔷𝔞𝔷𝔞𝔢𝔩

    𝔖𝔢𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔷𝔞𝔷𝔞𝔢𝔩

    13 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Vision is great, but without the ability to execute that vision…it means nothing.

  • willmtaylor
    willmtaylorหลายเดือนก่อน

    So well done. Thank you for making and sharing this. We’re standing on the shoulders of giants. Even if we don’t know it. I remember getting a Palm Pilot as a graduation gift in 2001 and being made fun of, but I didn’t care. I just knew there was something special about having all of those functions in 1, pocket-sized device.

  • Ben Hinman

    Ben Hinman

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    i was excited about these and desperately wanted to play with my aunts palm pilot even as a kid. she kept on telling me it wasn't a toy, i didn't care. i could see the potential even then

  • Caeden Goering
    Caeden Goering22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The Verge killing it with more great content. I am so here for this deep dives into concepts and ideas. I love it! The Verge has become one of my favorite channels. This documentary was incredible. It was made with so much passion and love for the products, ideas, and the people involved. Ahead of their time for sure, and the spotlight was stolen by Apple. But I am very glad to see the people who made innovation happen get the credit. What I wild tech would we live in now. All thanks to the wonderful group of friends!

  • Brett Hampton
    Brett Hampton29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I remember my Handspring Visor. I loved it and really thought it would be the future. Unfortunatly it was not, but it totally affected the future. I had friends that used the Palm Pilot and did not get the Handspring's possiblities with the Springborad slot. I really enjoyed this video and I find it very interesting to see what was going on and what the vision was. Sometimes you are just too far ahead and technology/users need to catch up.

  • The Road East - Philippines
    The Road East - Philippinesหลายเดือนก่อน

    I love when credit is given where credit is due. Certainly Steve Jobs was a singular force at the crossroads of technology and the way we interact with it, but even those we hail as geniuses stand on the shoulders of pioneers who came before. Great video and tribute to some of the unsung heroes behind one of the most significant products in history.

  • blackrockcity

    blackrockcity

    25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @Michael Flanagan I really can’t agree that handspring launched the smart phone. Japan had very smart phones already, with apps and app stores, and video conferencing and accelerometers. But the thing that was holding everyone back were the carrier monopolies. Steve Jobs broke down the walls of those monopolies when nobody else thought it was possible. He changed the market from phone application software that carriers authorized to the hybrid freedom we have today where customers can select apps on a non-carrier App Store. I say hybrid because Apple maintains authority over app content, privacy, and security (a gargantuan task). It’s not true freedom of choice but customers enjoy the convenience of more secure phones.

  • Michael Flanagan

    Michael Flanagan

    25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @blackrockcity yeah the palm company they basically made had better memory storage but regardless these people launched the smart phone idea

  • Ed Vergara

    Ed Vergara

    25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    And Xerox never get credit for coming up with the first GUI interface, mouse, and networking. And the University of Hawaii never get credit for developing the first networking protocol that eventually became what is known today as ethernet. The Aloha Procotol is still used in cell phone technology today.

  • Nekto Tut

    Nekto Tut

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    The guys themselves brought and gave the idea to Steve !!!

  • blackrockcity

    blackrockcity

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    @StarkRG yes I remember the capacitor well. You had 30 minutes to change batteries. The fatal problem was that you had no idea when the visor had run itself down while in your suitcase. I lost dozens of contacts that I had made on a trip abroad. Never found those people again. I’m fairly sure Palm Pilot used NAND flash at that time and didn’t suffer from this design shortcut.

  • hjb2tube
    hjb2tube26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    First, a compliment for bringing this great documentary and please keep making more like this. I am from the generation that had PDAs and it's good to show to this generation where it all began. After watching it, I am wondering what would happen if Handspring had registered some patent that could profit from their ideas. What I learned is never present an idea to someone who could steal it from you.

  • Saucy-One

    Saucy-One

    7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I was hoping the same thing. I keep thinking about xerox and the mouse. Although patent law is a bit too broad, or perhaps too strong.

  • Franklyn Charles
    Franklyn Charlesหลายเดือนก่อน

    An absolutely amazing doc. As someone who was an owner of these devices, I always wondered WHY??? Why did such a great and awesome product go away and force some hard choices to either go to an Apple or Android device. To hear and see a detailed background of the reasons was very enjoyable. Thank you very much for this.

  • Da Reproducer

    Da Reproducer

    2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    You could have used a BlackBerry

  • Larry Castle
    Larry Castle25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This was awesome! So many memories. I worked for FranklinCovey retail from 1996-2005 and saw a lot of this journey up close. I think the Palm V and the Treo most definitely prepared the world for the breakthrough of the iPhone. Thanks for the well done recounting of this important history.

  • Eric Leonardo Huerta Manzanilla
    Eric Leonardo Huerta Manzanillaหลายเดือนก่อน

    I have been a loyal user of Palm since its original version. I love the video, its production, the interviews. I always wanted a Spring, but I could never get one. Today, as the narrative states, most features in the Palms are taken for granted in our phones, but for those years, most of them were glimpses of the future, not many could see.

  • Rob Stevens
    Rob Stevensหลายเดือนก่อน

    Great job, Dieter, as always. One point ... Apple did not have the leverage with the carriers that you think in terms of bringing them iTunes customers. Remember, they originally had to go with Cingular because no other carrier would capitulate to Jobs' demands. Cingular, being an upstart, was the only one willing. AT&T then bought Cingular, becoming the only iPhone carrier at launch, but not by their choice, really; AT&T originally turned down being the carrier for the iPhone. We think of Apple today as this dominant, undeniable force. But back then, it was anything but a sure thing, from the carrier point of view. Full Disclosure: I used to work for both Cingular and AT&T Wireless.

  • James Knott

    James Knott

    18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @Inazarab Yeah, sometimes it's difficult to be precise in this sort of forum. BlackBerry was OK on GSM, as it was mainly texts and email. While browsers could work on 2G, they would have been very limited by it. I remember the days of using them on dial up Internet access and how slow they were then. 2G would have been similar.

  • Inazarab

    Inazarab

    18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @James Knott right but i thought you were saying that CDMA networks didn’t offer it because they didn’t offer 3g which isn’t true. I’m guessing that’s not what you meant though. From your phrasing it seemed like you were linking gsm to 3g

  • James Knott

    James Knott

    18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @Inazarab @Inazarab GSM and this CMDA were 2G services. 3G came later. It was 3G that first provided the bandwidth necessary for the apps we take for granted these days. The 3G "GSM" is called UMTS, which uses the GSM CODECs, but with packets, instead of TDM. There is also a 3G CDMA2000, but I don't think that went anywhere. Back in the '80s, there were 3 different 2G systems (and another in Japan), GSM, CDMA and IS-136. IS-136 disappeared and the carriers that ran it switched to GSM. Both GSM and IS-136 were TDMA systems. However, the main point of 2G was to squeeze as many calls as possible, into the bandwidth occupied by a single analog call. This meant they were very limited as to the bandwidth they provided for data apps.

  • Inazarab

    Inazarab

    18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @James Knott GSM and CDMA both provided 3G. Edge was GSM only, which is what the OG iPhone had.

  • James Knott

    James Knott

    18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    IIRC, the iPhone was initially GSM only, which limited which carriers could support it. 3G came later.

  • nebur29
    nebur2929 วันที่ผ่านมา

    GREAT documentary! Takes me back. It's amazing to see how far the smartphone platform has gone in 20 years.

  • guy508
    guy50824 วันที่ผ่านมา

    What an absolutely incredible piece!!! What a walk down memory lane. I had one of the first Handspring Springboard phones. Boy I loved it. I truly believed Jeff Hawkins vision of the future. He was correct. This was such an incredible follow up piece and I truly appreciated it. So amazing to to travel back with these truly visionary futurists. Kudos on this look back.

  • Matt Rippetoe
    Matt Rippetoe2 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This is so great! Thank you for doing this. I’ve always loved this story. I’d like to see the expanded version someday. It seems that there is so much more to the story.

  • Erik The Viking
    Erik The Viking27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I had one of the Handspring devices. 3Com were clueless and didn't know what they had. Handspring was a lot better, and they developed a device that was just incredible, easy to use and the phone connectivity worked reasonably well for the time. The Graffiti handwriting was also great and easier than typing. The expansion models were really cool for the time.

  • Ian Connick
    Ian Connickหลายเดือนก่อน

    I would love to see more of these series from you guys. I imagine a great postmortem on Web OS, a parallel story on Blackberry/RIM, a completely different story on Nokia, a deep dive on the 7 years that the Sidekick was a thing.

  • Kaitlyn L

    Kaitlyn L

    14 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @greyグレェ indeed, so many Hiptop and webOS ideas are just basics of the modern semiotics of smartphones. Following an industry and seeing the same people hired all over the place is definitely 100% key to understanding the actions and motivations of companies. In any industry.

  • greyグレェ

    greyグレェ

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    ​@klfjoat Any such history would be incomplete without mention of Travis "geist" Geiselbrecht, who worked on BeOS, the Danger HipTop OS, later iOS (quitting a week before the iPhone was announced and proclaiming, at least less publicly, that Apple was the worst company for which he had ever worked) before eventually ending up at Palm to work on WebOS for the Pre. Last I communicated with him, he was at Alphabet/Google working on Android (what I jokingly refer to as the Danger Hiptop 2.0) as well as LK (Little Kernel) for Fuschia, which shares some elements from NewOS (his personal OS) much like Haiku (a BeOS facsimile). Follow developers, not brand names, and the world gets a *lot* smaller.

  • klfjoat

    klfjoat

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    If you know Dieter's history, you know he'd love to do a story about the Pre and WebOS.

  • Sam Carmant

    Sam Carmant

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    Yes!!

  • Christopher Cross

    Christopher Cross

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    WebOS is still in use to this day. Its been bought by LG, and is running on their SmartTVs. :)

  • diannafreespirit
    diannafreespirit29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I loved this. So interesting and informative. It’s easy to forget how we got here. I had a palm pilot back in the day and loved it. I also remember the first time I saw an iPhone, right after they came out. My husband and I both immediately bought one. I’ve had iPhones ever since.

  • Jesse Reich
    Jesse Reich20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I remember my handspring, it was awesome and I was so excited to have “new” technology. It’s amazing to hear the back story of the innovators. What amazing minds.

  • Andrew Palos
    Andrew Palos22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Thoroughly enjoyed the doc while I was in line getting tested. I remember the Palm Pilot & Treo like it was yesterday. Pretty revolutionary for its time. Kudos to the team that put this film together. It kept me engaged the whole time.

  • girohead
    girohead25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Quite the excellent documentary! I was a Palm Pilot aficionado and often bring it up about how everyone sees smart phones like Microwave ovens, 'they've always been around.' I knew the team from Palm started Handspring, but I didn't realize how much they created, including the Treo. I always tat they were just a clone company, so this also explained PalmOne, which I hadn't understood. Around 2010 I was mountain biking in Silicon valley and met a guy who had been at Palm and I was gushing over Graffitti (Palm handwriting recognition) and how advanced the company was and if I could license the OS since no one was using it. He was the one who told me HP had bought it. Yes, they were visionary, and yes Apple ultimately gained a lot, but all companies stand on the giants of others. Just like Next and Microsoft did with Apple and Apple did with Alto from Xerox, as did Google of Yahoo, Comcast of AOL and on and on. I'm glad you mentioned that at the end.

  • Tom Buck
    Tom Buck12 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I like how the tone of this is almost like a time capsule explaining things to future generations. There’s something really cool about it. It also reminded me that I actually had one of these things (and had no idea what to do with it)!

  • John Lee
    John Leeหลายเดือนก่อน

    I was a graduate student then. In love with the concept of handheld computing and handheld telecommunications. All the things I wanted and dreamed of was about to be real. But no... It took about 25 more years before I was able to do the things I wanted to do back in 1995 on a handheld to become reality. And even now so many things are done badly but some things better than I imagined. There are those few technical people with souls of artists who innovate and there are the rest that are no more imaginative than calculators. The engineering and CS field are saturated with calculators. Very few can combine technical skills with artistry. And what are share holders thinking putting MBAs and accountants in charge of tech companies?

  • Stephen Sears
    Stephen Sears25 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Great Episode! I had a Handspring Visor with the Camera Module and a Phone module. I still have all three! On the first day out of the box I recall taking a photo of a bolt, and then going to the hardware store to find a like-kind bolt by matching the image.

  • JG3 Reviews
    JG3 Reviews21 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I would still put the Visor in the top 5 best devices I've owned. It was so versatile and usable, and the graffiti was very efficient. Mine is still in my desk drawer, and when I fire it up, still works like it did the day I bought it. Great to see Handspring get some respect.

  • Alexandru Cristian
    Alexandru Cristianหลายเดือนก่อน

    This was one of the best tech documentaries I've seen in the past few years. Terrific job, thank you for creating this!

  • Aeron Blas

    Aeron Blas

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  • Mike

    Mike

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    @Vladimir V Parfenov is the xbox doc on youtube?

  • Vladimir V Parfenov

    Vladimir V Parfenov

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    the 6-part xbox documentary that came out this last week is also really top notch

  • Ryan Jardina

    Ryan Jardina

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    There was not a single Tech interviewed in this documentary, everyone was management. This is the reasons dislikes are no longer counted. 🤦‍♂️

  • Dana Murray
    Dana Murray13 วันที่ผ่านมา

    For those of us who are old enough to remember the exact time that smartphones were just beginning to take form, this video is more than a history lesson in technology. We Lived It. Life as an adult during the late 90's and up until the early 2000's was a very ambitious, risky, and uncertain era. Going from organic to mechanic, from mechanic to digital, and presently we're all blindly going from digital to an augmented reality (Meta-verse). Technology is supposed to serve humanity, not be our slave master.

  • Silverpicker
    Silverpicker20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I absolutely loved this. So interesting. I actually had that orange Handspring Visor...as a 13 year old. What on earth I needed it for, I have no idea, but I sure loved it!

  • Chris O'Brien
    Chris O'Brien6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I have to agree with pretty much everything in this video. I was a VERY early adopter of the original Palm Pilot and carried around both a PDA and a cell phone for several years because the early attempts at combining the two didn’t provide the full functionality of each separate device. The Trio phone wasn’t widely available and the Windows mobile devices were always cumbersome to use. Even the first couple of versions of the iPhone were lacking in features, especially the ability to seamlessly sync with Windows. I would love to have had a Trio / Palm phone that wasn’t hamstrung in some way by the carriers. I also wouldn’t be surprised AT ALL if that meeting with Jobs was the impetus that drove him to create the iPhone. My experience has been that the Apple products that consume a market segment have always been less featured than the products they are replacing. This has been the case with their iPod as well as the iPhone, many earlier MP3 players had more robust features, such as filtering and playlist management, but Apple seems to reduce their UI down to the bare minimum for a positive user experience. While it’s sad to hear what happened to the founders of the GREATEST PDA of all time, you have to give them kudos for advancing ‘on the go’ computing.

  • TorToroPorco
    TorToroPorco26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I have fond memories of my Visors, they were such nifty devices. I remember how thrilled I was when I bought the Springboard Thinmodem module and went travelling with it using my AOL dialup to access the internet. My first smartphone was an HP iPaq H6300. It was a bit slow, kludgy with horrible battery life. The best thing about it was its reflective TFT screen which worked great in bright sunlight.

  • uTPH1
    uTPH139 นาทีที่ผ่านมา

    Excellent documentary. I had a Handspring as my first touch screen/handwriting PDA after Palm keyboard based PDAs. Also explains why, as an Apple user since 1987, I didn't jump to iPhone until iPhone 4 - it didn't do all that my PalmOS PDA linked by Bluetooth to a tiny 3G phone from Sony Erricson could do in one unit.

  • David Rosnow
    David Rosnow29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This was well done. My Verizon Treo 650 was a great device in its time. Completely blown away by the iPhone but still super handy and great.

  • Jim Maag
    Jim Maag26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I had a visor edge and loved it. Upgraded to an iPaq that looked way cooler but didn't have nearly the usability. I kept the edge around for reading books throughout a succession of iPaq's until I got my first smartphone. It's elegant simplicity and usability was never matched.

  • Coffeebibber
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    My first smartphone was the Treo 270. I loved it! I loved Palm OS. Before the Treo 270, I had the Palm IIIe, IIIc, and the m505! Great documentary! Thank you!

  • Jo Mac
    Jo Mac16 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Loved every minute of this nostalgic and informative video that praises the pioneers of mobile devices. 👍🏼

  • Stephen Scott
    Stephen Scott28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Loved the story. I remember Palm Pilot and being curious. At that time I had a Motorola flip phone and a pager. When the Visor came out with the Springboard, that seemed revolutionary to me, and when one of the attachments was phone, I was hooked. It was amazing the level of integration. and vision. I remember upgrading to the Treo 180, and though it was a bit wonky, it was so much more advanced than mobile phones. I still recall how the Visor/Treo were criticized by my friends and work mates noting how much larger it was compared to these ever decreasing in size flip phones. Today, I still chuckle a bit that humans have no problem with a huge smartphone compared to the Treo 180. Thanks for the doc.

  • MrWagtenor
    MrWagtenor27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Thank you for putting this documentary together. As I watched and enjoyed, I couldn’t help but think - if this was a movie I’d watch it.

  • the likes of us
    the likes of us27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Excellent documentary, brings back fun memories of using palm devices. Would have been interesting for you to include how early Blackberry products influenced their potential market.

  • MattH123

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    Yeah, blackberry was huge. I remember finding out that it was also huge in Indonesia. Dont know why but a lot of people had devices and used their network/program to talk as much as you would whatsapp or whatever else today. I think its popularity there lasted well past its time here.

  • Tsepo Seretlo
    Tsepo Seretloหลายเดือนก่อน

    Thoroughly enjoyed this doc, more more more! It’s so nice to see some great content being produced around the history of the most important gadget in our lives right now. I remember wanting a Palm Treo in high school just because it really did seemed like a computer for my pocket, phones like the Palm Treo, Nokia 9300 Communicator, Nokia N95, Sony Ericsson P800, Motorola A1000, HTC TyTN, the early BlackBerrys etc… All sparked a lot of our minds on just where smartphones would go in the future. Would be great to see a documentary like this on Psion, the road to Symbian, and how Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, Motorola etc… chose their own strategies with it.

  • mark

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    Are you South African?

  • wiredwebmaster
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    Excellent production. Verve docs are immensely valuable videos. Thanks for archiving history!

  • zevilaga
    zevilaga8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Amazing documentary, thank you for this! Made me want to buy one from my first Smartphone from 20 years ago: the Motorola Accompli 008. I hated it, but it would be fun to meet it again. It was followed by a Dell Axim X5 pda with an external GPS module - but no phone functions in it. Followed by an Airis T620 pda phone with built-in GPS, a giant, 2,8" screen with crystal clear 320*240 display, wifi and bluetooth. My last PDA phone was a Gigabyte GSmart MW700, wit the exact same specs, but I sold all of them after a few weeks. I could feel, they wanted to be more than it was possible wit the technology of the first decade starting with 2.

  • Susan Harris
    Susan Harris29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The Treo was my st "smartphone" Loved everything it could do. Great video documentary on the people behind the iterations of the Palm Pilot. The Macintosh was my 1st computer in 1984

  • MediaFaust
    MediaFaust29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    As always, genius at first seems almost offensive, then interesting, before it's finally being taken for granted. Great documentary.

  • Maarkaus J
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    I used to sell Visor and Palm and I wanted a Visor for myself. It was so different and yet similar. I was impressed with the expansion port too. I believe they came in green and I wanted one. Very innovative.

  • Andrew Reiersen
    Andrew Reiersen15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I remember the endless possibilities of where tech was going being so exciting at this time. Looking back it seems like the teenage era where everything was new and possible. So much unexplored world. What an amazing time to be alive. Right around the time the internet was becoming more usable and the tech was getting smaller. Honestly I am not as excited about the future of tech now as I was then. The golden era. The time where tech was going through puberty and still figuring out what and who it was. The breakthroughs, experiencing dial up and then going to high speed internet. My god what a time to experience.

  • Kyle Nichols
    Kyle Nichols10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This was great, so well done. Any chance there is one of these in the works about Blackberry? Dieter’s love for Handspring explains my love for Blackberry. I had a Treo for a while and loved it, until I got a Blackberry. Still miss my Blackberry when it was just email and texting.

  • David Brockmeier
    David Brockmeier29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Great job on the video. This really brought back memories. We were fortunate to have lived through the birth of an industry.

  • Cherish Leow
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    Great documentary, love how the narrative developed as the story unfolds.

  • Walter Solano Sanchez
    Walter Solano Sanchez6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Thanks for the memories! I loved my Palm, Visor, Treo and Palm Centro (last of a kind, a real smartphone). I regret getting them lost at Narnia now. Keep up this great content!

  • Kyle Davidson
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    I've used a handspring PDA and the speed and simplicity of the GUI and the battery life, both features that modern smartphones fail to match. You could also write with the stylus without looking at the screen. Could be locked and set to erase with numerous password fails. In this day and age, people concerned about handing over too much to tech companies with their cloud based assistant technology, a return to that simplicity and privacy has some appeal to it. Not just nostalgia speaking here, I tried out a dusty unit just a couple years ago, 6 weeks on the AAA batteries and I was taking notes during class with it. Folding qwerty keyboard peripherals were cool too.

  • Jethzeel Torres
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    My first smart phone was the HTC Tilt 8925 . I loved this phone but I always wanted the Palm Treo . Those phones looked amazing at the time. And honestly when the iPhone came out it wasn’t even a big amazement to me because I was already using smart phones before the Iphone it self. Honestly I felt like BlackBerry and windows Mobile were going to be the future for smartphones but as we all know that never happened. Sadly. I’m really happy to see that these innovators are getting the recognition they deserve.

  • Meynberg
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    Thanks for this very informative and highly entertaining documentary! Very well executed! :)

  • Arnold K
    Arnold Kหลายเดือนก่อน

    So much information, so much learnings. This is great honestly! Thanks for creating and sharing this! I especially forgot the stranglehold the Cellphone carriers had on the industry, and how Apple changed that because of iPhone which I recall was originally on AT&T and everyone wanted it. It's crazy how much the original creators of a thing don't get their due in the success of that thing.

  • Arnold K

    Arnold K

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    @Rocky wild times

  • Rocky

    Rocky

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    AT&T and ONLY AT&T for at least a year. I remember that AT&T would send physical paper bills to their customers with itemized use info. After using the iphone consumers would literally get 50 and 60 page bills sent to their homes.

  • RichardinNC1
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    Great video. I was a big fan of the Palm OS. I believe I had an early Palm, then a Handspring Visor, then a Palm Treo. Imagine carrying a Visor, a Star Tak personal phone, along with pager and a Blackberry for work! I did that for a while. I then got down to the Treo and Blackberry. Now its just an iPhone. Amazing how far we’ve come.

  • Brent Summers
    Brent Summers28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Another problem they had was that even by the mid 1990's, the mobile phones from the likes of Motorola had become much smaller, & fitted into the briefcase of a business person very easily. And with a Palm Pilot or similar a person had 2 very good devices. And other brands such as Casio were getting into those devices too. By the mid 90's the Motorola mobile phones were really good & worked real good. So people would have got used to using 2 really good devices & maybe in no hurry to ditch them.

  • Xanti X
    Xanti X27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Great documentary, would love to see the history of phones like the Nokia N95 as that was street years ahead in tech and to many the first proper multimedia smart phones that was out back in 2006/7 before the iPhone and even then ran 3G when the apple were launching with 2G devices a year plus later

  • Kevin Fisher
    Kevin Fisher26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Loved my old USR Palm Pro. You could use it regularly for a whole month before having to change batteries. People forget that the e-book reader phenomenon ALSO started on the Palm devices.

  • Pascal Bérubé
    Pascal Bérubéหลายเดือนก่อน

    I lived my youth in the 90s and seeing those people the age of my parents, thinking they were trying to invent stuff we barely have since literally yesterday is crazy. They were so far out and everybody doubted them but today we have to say thank you. And to see many have the same rebuttal about new technologies getting worked on today just amaze me.

  • Alan Pereira
    Alan Pereira8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I rarely watch long content on the internet, but this video was amazing, so informative and well put together. Thank you!!

  • Matthew Bryan
    Matthew Bryanหลายเดือนก่อน

    This was an excellent documentary. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you.

  • James Knott
    James Knott18 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I remember the Handspring with GSM phone. I was considering buying one, but already had both a cell phone and Palm Pilot. Also, IIRC, the RIM BlackBerry was the first smart phone. Also, Nokia had the first tablet like device (I bought a Nokia N800 about 15 years ago) which was based on Linux. It used a stylus to interact with the display. I bought a Google Nexus 1 and have been running Android devices ever since, most recently buying a Google Pixel 6.

  • Nilo River
    Nilo River7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Really good documentary! These people deserve recognition for being pioneers in modern communication. On the other hand, Apple fans will continue blindly thinking that everything we have in our pocket today was Steve Jobs' invention. It is also worth mentioning that the Nokia n95 already had almost all the features that we use today.

  • Norm Hamano
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    I thoroughly enjoy this look at Handspring. I was one of the first to purchase a Visor when it came out. I had a Palm Pilot, and when Handspring came out, I knew that this new company had vision. I’ve owned several of the Visor devices, and really appreciate their versatility. It’s really shows that even if you have the vision of the future, not everyone see it the same. Handspring had it right, but not the money or leverage to see it through. It’s too bad that after all their hard work, they don’t get the well deserved credit for paving the way to we use mobile devices today. Thank you for covering this topic.

  • largol33t1

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    What's outrageous is that people REFUSED to even give Handspring a chance. I worked the electronics section of my store and they sold both brands. Nobody wanted to hear me talk about Handspring. They oohed and aahed over the more expensive Palms even though the screens were SMALLER because of the M100 series faceplates (I never understood why they chose that stupid design. I had to recommend a customer REMOVE the faceplate to get more room to tap on the screen!). You couldn't get memory upgrades unless you shelled out a whopping $399 for the M500 series but you wouldn't get a color screen. And even if you did, the Handspring Visor with a color screen looked much better. I used to have a Visor and took advantage of the Springboard. I had a backup cartridge and there was even an adapter to use Sony Memory Sticks! So I could get a whopping 512 MB of memory if I needed. And Palm? They couldn't expand beyond even HALF that!

  • Irwan Faizal

    Irwan Faizal

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    Hehehehe, my first PDA was Visor Pro. I was a mere student back then but I can see it have better entertainment value than all other nokia phones (so many freeware and shareware games back then). Awesome stuff 👍

  • Chuck Milliken
    Chuck Milliken28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Yes, Handspring did it first. VisorPhone on a Visor was my first cell phone. The problem was, at the time, you still had to use a dial up internet account to access the internet. And carriers charged you HARD for doing so. The other problem was the Visor's expansion port was a pin-swapped version of PCMCIA. Had they left the pins in the right order, they would have opened the door to far more development. Treo happened at the worst possible time, when techies like me were struggling to find work. When things started coming back, Blackberry was the phone to have. A better OS than Palm. iPhone was too limited to compete with Blackberry on initial release, and then along came Android to make Blackberry obsolete. And here we are with just those two OSes to choose from.

  • Michael Cady
    Michael Cadyหลายเดือนก่อน

    This was my first smartphone. it worked great and I blew people's minds with it!

  • D'Ascoyne
    D'Ascoyne26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I have very fond memories of my orange Handspring Visor. I especially loved the screen protector that snapped off and can be clipped to the back. To this day I wish I had a case that would protect my cellphone screen just like that.

  • M Mullen
    M Mullenหลายเดือนก่อน

    I was dismayed there was no mention of my first Palm smartphone, a Qualcomm Pdq in 1999 and my second one, a Kyocera 6035 released in January 2001 (after they bought Qualcomm's handset division). The Kyocera 6035 was the first mature smartphone on the market. It worked so well my wife continued to use it from 2001 until 2010. It was beat up from daily use and had a couple of battery replacements but still functioned perfectly and was easier to use as a phone than Apple's iPhone. Sound quality and speakerphone functionality was better than most phones today. So was the battery life. It would go at least 3 days and up to 5 days without charging under light use. It's primary weakness was its large size and, as phones advanced, it's black and white screen and limited data rates. It was rather expensive too and that, combined with its large size, means it didn't sell all that well. But I still have a soft spot in my heart for it because it really was an old reliable workhorse that had a lot of good qualities and was super easy to use. Both these Palm phones came before the Treo.

  • Christopher
    Christopher29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Thank you for shining a light on a history most don’t know about and lots are happy to ignore or pretend didn’t happen.

  • Matthew Lemmers
    Matthew Lemmersหลายเดือนก่อน

    My first smartphone was the HP Palm Pre, still miss some of the features they had with WebOS. Despite the slow hardware the OS was able to be smooth even over a decade ago.

  • Washington Rodriguez S
    Washington Rodriguez S23 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Great documentary! Handspring deserves most of the credits for the cell phone idea

  • Xoa Gray
    Xoa Gray10 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This brought back so much nostalgia for me. During the late 90s and early 2000s I spent so much time working on mobile devices. Starting with a Handspring Visor and eventually moving to a Trio 650 later on they were my near constant companions as I ran around and did things. I’ll always look back on them with a lot of nostalgia.

  • John Sandoval
    John Sandovalหลายเดือนก่อน

    I was one of "the few" who bought a Handspring Visor back in the day. I was a working student at the time, it really was a great device.

  • Britt Gayle

    Britt Gayle

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    I had one too! I loved it!

  • largol33t1

    largol33t1

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    @Jonathan Pusar Where did you live at the time? I was living in northern Texas and they're truly behind the times or just blinded by loyalty. NOBODY liked Handspring and I think in my entire life, I've seen less than a dozen people using Handspring PDAs. I had to sell both brands for a living and it was impossible to get people to listen. They just leaped blindly towards Palm and wouldn't even TOUCH the Handsprings. I say that's what drove the brand under. Nobody wanted to give them a chance. From my experience in sales, Texas is a bad market to push new technology. They're worried only about BRANDS, not features or practicality. I find Palm hilarioiusly overpriced for a PDA. When Handspring went under, I still refused to buy a Palm and got a Sony Clie instead, LOL....

  • Jonathan Pusar

    Jonathan Pusar

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    Yeah they were pretty popular outside the professional class who had Palm's. It was by far the cheapest PDA at the time especially with that expandable slot, exclusive apps, and 'big' (for the time) display. Palm had budget devices like the m100 and 105 for the same price, but they were heavily compromised devices in comparison. I remember buying one for $200. Was a big deal as a little kid at the time scrounging up all that money from summer work. But it was incredible to me. It felt like the future. I used to even make some apps in Basic for the thing and post it online. Then beam them to friends and see what they think. I used to write assignments in my PDA in middle and later high school. Heck I even wrote a short story on it. Mastering Grafitti was fun. Looking back I probably used my PDA more than even my smartphone today as a computer replacement. Something about the simplicity of the device and using it constantly as a writing instrument felt more natural versus the multitude of apps that I don't really use productively.

  • Hersey Hawkins

    Hersey Hawkins

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    I’d consider them fairly popular for the time. My friends and I had them in high school and they were great to use.

  • ToolkiT73UK
    ToolkiT73UKหลายเดือนก่อน

    This takes me back! I was the first European customer of handspring and had to email Donna directly to sort out the credit card payment and shipping to Amsterdam.. later I met Ed at a PUG meeting in Sydney.. ah those VisorCentral days! P.s. nice to see a special thanks to Marcus and Ducker :)

  • Rachit Dogra
    Rachit Dogra24 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Beautiful!! Kudos to you for making them known to the general world!! They deserve it!!

  • Jubair Ahmed
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    Love the effort that goes into videos like these

  • Dillinger86
    Dillinger86หลายเดือนก่อน

    Amazing documentary, I was also a huge palm pilot fan, I loved the software because it was so easy to look up names and addresses.

  • Otter.pro
    Otter.proหลายเดือนก่อน

    I had the Handspring phone back around 20 years ago. It was great, as it was a combination of a PDA (PalmPilot) and a phone. It was fun to use. Only flaw was that the phone "app" would crash on rare occasion. Windows CE devices came afterward, and I had both, but I hated the Windows CE as it was awful.

  • Strawberryknight

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    I had Treo in 2003 and then moved to windows phone (Motorola). Never had an interest in Blackberry. When Iphone came out in 2005, I couldn't get one so I settled with Motorola.

  • Tomos Halsey

    Tomos Halsey

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    Windows CE still runs a huge number of Point of Sales devices (I was once a POS technician), if you go to a restaurant and see one of those huge bulky gray checkout screens made by Micros its most likely running Windows CE.

  • GERALD COOPER
    GERALD COOPER13 วันที่ผ่านมา

    My first smartphone was the Treo 600. I also had the Treo 650, 700p, and 700w. Thanks for giving the Palm Treo the recognition it deserves.

  • 𝔖𝔢𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔷𝔞𝔷𝔞𝔢𝔩
    𝔖𝔢𝔱𝔥𝔞𝔷𝔞𝔷𝔞𝔢𝔩13 วันที่ผ่านมา

    PDAs weren’t a bad idea, they were just decades ahead of their time and held back by the technology of the 90s. Without having a mobile internet connection, digital camera functions, or gps capabilities…they were really just a status symbol for the rich and were too expensive for whatever limited use they could provide the average user, and were too small and underpowered to be a good replacement for a laptop. Once digital camera, gps and mobile Internet tech was advanced enough to fit inside a PDA…”smartphones” (super PDAs) took over the world.

  • Chris Robison
    Chris Robison11 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Had a Visor, and later the color Prism model, and had a number of Springboard modules, including a Magellan GPS and the CDMA VisorPhone when it came out. Really loved the platform and was experimenting with developing custom Springboard modules when it became clear the Visor wouldn't continue to exist.

  • Chandu Kale
    Chandu Kaleหลายเดือนก่อน

    Thanks for this video. These people really need to be mentioned not only as an important step, but an essential one, in the development of the smartphone.

  • Matthias Breiter
    Matthias Breiterหลายเดือนก่อน

    Handspring devices were (in comparison to todays Smartphones) not that great in real life. The writing recognition used a special alphabet and so on. It was handy for some business applications - like all the Blackberrys, which are maybe a better comparison to the Handspring devices. People have to admit, that the iPhone was so different to those devices, it started this whole new market. And btw the oldest Smartphone is probably the Nokia Communicator which is even older.

  • Blair Williams
    Blair Williams6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This doc was amazing btw , as an amateur documentary film maker working on my first big project I feel extremely inspired watching this .

  • Gavin Knight
    Gavin Knightหลายเดือนก่อน

    There was a lot going on in this space at the time. Those in the Telecom business had no idea what was coming and neither did Nokia. The problem with this device was it simply wasn't anywhere near durable enough for everyday use, well, that and a bunch of ecosystem issues. I remember being laughed at in a board meeting once when I told them within 5 years everyone would be watching video on their phones and we'd better get ready for it.

  • 519MaLoNeY
    519MaLoNeY20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This was awesome man for real. I know it’s a cliche at this point but you’ve just earned my lifelong sub. Outstanding work. Thanks for making it.

  • stigofdunsfold
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    This is actually incredibly interesting. During the video you keep saying it “doesn’t seem like a big deal” but I think that even for those who absolutely take everything about modern phones for granted will find this incredible. You have a handful of people who just decided to completely create an industry, and just had the audacity to call up the biggest companies and be like “you need to make this work on this plastic brick”. It’s absolutely amazing that this went under the radar for so many of us.

  • Leonard Wright
    Leonard Wrightหลายเดือนก่อน

    Beautiful Doc! I appreciated the research and attention to details that went into this.

  • Eric Schuetz
    Eric Schuetz27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I loved my Palm devices. My favorite was the Sony Clie with that elegant folding keyboard. I do believe that we all have that "one" Palm device that we look back on and say "Oh, yeah. This iteration was my favorite.", or "Oh, yeah! I wanted one of those kinds." Palm was just as much as a social status indicator as the iPhone is today. I won't lie. I so miss the the Palm devices, but I fully realize that my missing them is purely for nostalgic reasons. I know that today, the old design and functionality would not stand a chance today.

  • Dihelson Mendonca
    Dihelson Mendonca26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I subscribed to Verge due to this excellent documentary. Congratulations in keeping the REAL history alive. Palm forever ! ❤️

  • Paul Jeter Jr
    Paul Jeter Jr26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The Palm Centro red on Sprint was my first smartphone. I still have the phone lol. Then the Palm Pre (still my favorite phone today). I loved their wireless charging feature; these newer phone creators try and take credit for creating lol. Pre did it first! I loved this documentary it was well done.

  • Jay NC
    Jay NCหลายเดือนก่อน

    This was like a trip down memory lane for me. I remember exactly where I was at during the iPhone announcement and the launch of Web OS. What a great documentary.

  • JacobDuhThrowbak
    JacobDuhThrowbak27 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I had one of these as a kid! Had completely forgotten about it until this video. So cool!

  • Simon Spencer
    Simon Spencer15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Wow, imagine actually enjoying your job and working for a company that treats you with respect. I don't think we'll ever see those days again.

  • TheCodik
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    I’ve got to add this documentary is wonderful, but it’s incredibly US centric in that it totally ignores the smartphones developed by Sony Ericsson, HTC, and Nokia (among others) that came out at the same time and were superior to what Handspring put on the market. Presenting Handspring as the inventor of the smartphone feels pretty unfair when other companies were doing the same thing, only better, at the same time. To understand the US perspective though, smartphones were kept out of the US market until the iPhone’s release, so the producers likely have not much idea of what they are missing.

  • Derek Hastings
    Derek Hastingsหลายเดือนก่อน

    Truly outstanding video! I still have a real soft spot for those devices. I think the analysis is spot on.

  • Armando Hurtado
    Armando Hurtadoหลายเดือนก่อน

    Thank you, it felt like a love letter to the Handspring team and those good old days. PS. Video production is outstanding, so good at all levels!

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