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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by brichpmr on Sat 30th Jun 2012 12:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Status symbol"
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Please, anytime you use an expression like "best smartphone on the market", add a "for them" precision. Not doing so makes you sound like a fanboy in the ears of those of us who do not like $700 phones with a fragile screen, ridiculously costly battery replacements, and no physical keys.

Aside from the fact that the iPhone has provided tech enjoyment and utility for tens of millions of users, the alleged lack of durability is vastly overstated, in my experience with every gen of the device since 2007. The only prerequisite has been to treat the device with the same care that one would give to any fine quality piece of kit. Where I work, a large number of employees have moved to the iPhone from other non-Apple smartphones; and not one that I rub shoulders with has broken the screen nor exercised an option to move on to either an Android or Windows phone. Anecdotal of course, but a simple device is empowering to the non-geeks who simply want to use their phone as opposed to tweaking it or jailbreaking it.

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