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One area where WebOS always beat other mobile operating systems was notifications, represented by small icons at the top of the display. Reminders, calls, e-mails and text messages came and went via an unobtrusive drop-down box that didn't interrupt what users were doing.

In fact, WebOS's alerts were so admired that Apple hired its original creator, Rich Dellinger, last year to work on iOS.


Last updated August 19 2011: 12:48 PM ET
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