Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Jul 2009 23:14 UTC
Editorial I think I'd like to start an internet movement. Due to Apple's recent actions regarding the Google Voice app, I intend to criticize Apple every day at OSNews for 1984 days, or until they perform a very subtle and simple act of contrition. I'd like to enlist the help of every tech journalist, blogger, twitterer, Facebook denizen, and person who ever talks to another person. I'm that girl in the running shorts with the hammer, people! I'm throwing the hammer at the big creepy guy on the screen! We don't have to be slaves anymore! Read on for the full manifesto.
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Not really
by abcxyz on Thu 30th Jul 2009 20:49 UTC
abcxyz
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2009-07-30

The fact reasonable smart phones where not available or at least not widely advertised or supported by cell phone service providers in the US does not really make Apple's iPhone revolutionary or pivotal point in the history of mobile communication.

It actually kindda drives me nuts when I hear comments that my pre-iPhone system is iPhone like device. It's like saying Ford Model T was piggy backing on the momentum of vehicle mass production ideas driving (original) VW Bug. This annoying hype and even some parts of this article show, how great of a marketing job has Apple done and that they may even succeed rewriting the history: "Account of the world according to Apple".

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RE: Not really
by David on Thu 30th Jul 2009 20:56 in reply to "Not really"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

Which device are you referring to? It's true that there were good mobile computing devices before the iPhone. But none of them got enough popular attention to be used as a lever to force the grip of the carriers to slacken, though.

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RE[2]: Not really
by abcxyz on Fri 31st Jul 2009 09:20 in reply to "RE: Not really"
abcxyz Member since:
2009-07-30

iPhone might have been a *marketing* revolution in US (or not just use in the sense the hype was world wide... I am not aware of people camping out for any other phone in front of the store, even though it could be a way superior device), but its historical significance ends there.

There are parts of the world where cell phones are much like any other consumer electronics and you are not as dependent on carriers' push and support. You get a (smart)phone, you pop in your SIM card and go. This might be of an interest to you. In that world iPhone is available unlocked (wrt cell service provider, not w/ what you run on it and how you use it)... and its price tag is somewhere around $800. You certainly can get better for less (bigger bang for your buck).

I was trying to avoid reference to any particular device or maker. I would say there were and are several. I am happy HTC user. My current phone is couple years old (not even top of the line), was about $500 and even now it its third incarnation Apple was not able to provide all the functionality and usability I've had all that time. Even though I have to admit, one feature at a time, year by year, it is slowly getting somewhat closer. ;)

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