Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 22:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless During the iPad presentation, I was rather perplexed by Apple's claim to be the largest mobile device company in the world. Apparently, I wasn't the only one scratching his head, as Nokia itself, and even the Financial Times, is calling Apple out on its juggling with figures and definitions.
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flanque
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2005-12-15

Respect Apple? Sheesh, that's worse than respecting Microsoft or Disney.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Eh... I would respect a lion or a tiger too.

MS, Apple and other successful companies use cunning and at times deception combined with great marketing to obtain what they want: money and power. And all the share holders want them to succeed - just as I want the pharmaceutical companies I invest in to succeed.

What do you invest in? (Not directed at the person I am replying to, but people in general). If you invest in corporations, or even just keeping your money in a bank, you are supporting all kinds of cutthroats, thieves, liars, who will do whatever they can to remain in power (maintain power of you and your life in some way). These are the same corporations who spend more money lobbying our politicians to get what they want, to make MORE money and have MORE power while the little guy gets scr*wed. Lobbyists spend more money in this country than many third world nations GNPs... sick.

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atsureki Member since:
2006-03-12

Respect Apple? Sheesh, that's worse than respecting Microsoft or Disney.


Apple sells niche products. There are other things that do what an iPod does, what an iPhone does, and what a Mac does. No one is stuck with any of those things. They stand in direct, fair competition with other devices, and they win because people think they're better. I'm sure you don't think they're better. I'm sure you think everyone who buys one is an idiot and a sucker and secretly suffering terribly for making such an absurd choice. But none of that matters. What Jobs says to impress investors has no impact on product quality, and flashy, trendy advertising has no impact on customer satisfaction. Apple is not perfect, but they win in a fair fight, and that's respectable.

Where does Microsoft win? Where there is no competition. Where hardware companies are eating the profit margin, if any, to compete for the rock-bottom entry level for people who barely know what they're buying. Where IT purchases are an annual line item in an upgrade cycle where even thinking about changing any 20-year-old habits would just be an unacceptable inconvenience. Microsoft wins where it's entrenched, where people are used to it, where completely outside factors make the decision before any meaningful competition has a chance to occur. And they're chair-throwing sore winners about it too. Any time an innovative or successful new idea comes along that they wish they'd thought of, they pretend they did by announcing a future product that will do the same thing. You can say Apple steals ideas too, and I'm sure they do, but actually getting something to market that people prefer to buy is a whole different animal from suffocating creative upstarts with decades of strategic lies like that WiMo is almost ready and it's going to be awesome. Microsoft is not respectable.

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