Hand-held e-mail device

  • US 6,452,588 B2
  • Filed: 07/06/2001
  • Issued: 09/17/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/26/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A handheld e-mail device optimally configured for use with the thumbs of a user, comprising:

  • a QWERTY keyboard comprising a plurality of letter keys, wherein the plurality of letter keys are oblong shaped keys, and wherein each oblong shaped key is tilted at a common angle relative to a vertical reference through the device, wherein the plurality of letter keys in the QWERTY keyboard are grouped into a first set of letter keys and a second set of letter keys, wherein the common angle for the first set of letter keys is a positive angle with respect to the vertical reference and the common angle for the second set of letter keys is a negative angle with respect to the vertical reference;

    an auxiliary input device positioned in relative proximity to the QWERTY keyboard;

    a display positioned adjacent to the keyboard;

    a transceiver for sending and receiving e-mail messages to and from a wireless network; and

    software residing in the device for providing functionality to inputs received from the auxiliary input device and the QWERTY keyboard.

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