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Essentials of Mobile Handset Design by Peter Whale, Abhi Naha

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1 Beginnings

The mobile phone industry is one which has been characterized by a breathtaking speed of change and development, and anyone who has owned a number of handsets will be aware of the dramatic change evident between a phone of just a few years ago and the latest available models. In order to identify a set of core design issues which hold across generations of handset design, we need to set our sights higher than an analysis of the design of the latest high-end smartphone. We believe a very good place to start is with a review of the relatively short, yet thrilling, history of mobile handsets, providing an opportunity to understand the technological and market issues which have driven this phenomenal development.

1.1 Development of ...

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