@ mark I 2
>Apple has patented 'a system to identify phone numbers in an email in a way that lets the user dial or store that number'
>>I am fairly sure my motorola Accompli 008 from around 2002 could do this and this was well before the iphone came out
Motorola must have improved by 2002, then. I bought one of their phones in the 90s, thinking that they might be better than the Nokias than I'd used previously. I was quite happy with it until the first time I wanted to SMS a friend, and found that I had to manually enter the telephone number, despite the fact that it was stored on the SIM. In fact, you had to cancel writing the SMS, go to the contacts menu, look up the number, write it down on a nearby fag packet, then go back and write the sodding SMS all over again, because it wasn't saved when you exited the editor.
I pissed myself laughing about this. Did Motorola designers never look at Nokia phones?
Later, I worked for Motorola's mobile comms division on a design project and realised that there were no channels even for different departments to talk to one another, that the business had no focus, and was on a headlong rush to oblivion. I think it achieved that aim recently, no?
I never bought another Motorola phone. As for "smartphones", I will buy one when I can see a use for it, if that's within my lifetime.