Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2012 12:06 UTC
Apple Exactly five years ago today, Apple officially released its entry into the mobile phone market, the iPhone. Immediately loved by customers the world over, ridiculed by the competition, and, in my book, not particularly innovative feature-wise, it changed the mobile phone industry virtually overnight. Love the iPhone or hate the iPhone, its industry-changing impact is evident.
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Pure OS
by wocowboy on Sat 30th Jun 2012 10:51 UTC
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"Windows PocketPC Mobile Second Edition CE Embedded Compact Standard" LOL the BEST line in the entire essay! And best name for a product/OS up until Windows Phone 7 System Mobile OS..etc.

The greatest thing the iPhone and by extension iOS have going is the control Apple exerts over the carriers. THEY control the software on the phone, a pure version of the OS, without crap/bloat-ware, "enhancements" and carrier-branded software and "features" that either cripple stock functions or cripple the entire operation of the phone.

A pure version of iOS, regardless of the fragmentation/segmentation discussion, is always a good thing, and guaranteeing that a phone you buy WILL be upgradeable for the next few years is something Android and Microsoft have not yet accomplished. Google just released Android 4.1 Jellybean, while the vast majority of phones out in the wild still run Gingerbread, a full two software versions back, and there is no guarantee that ANY phone sold right now will ever be upgraded to Jellybean.

Same thing for Windows phones. NOT ONE phone Microsoft is selling right now will be upgradeable to Windows Phone System 8 Apollo. They will roll out the 7.8 "update" to give users a new Metro Start Screen and Nokia will add some crapware apps to soothe hard feelings, but that's it, Windows phones sold right now are done, dead. Say what you want about individual aspects of iOS, but Apple is doing a MUCH better job of servicing the phones they sell.

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