Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 16:36 UTC
Legal Today's "the day after". The day after Apple started a patent war with HTC and Google. Today, we have statements from both HTC and Google, and a number of other people have weighed in as well as to the possible ramifications of Apple's lawsuit.
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RE[2]: Which history?
by macUser on Wed 3rd Mar 2010 23:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Which history?"
macUser
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2006-12-15

You don't understand what I'm saying.

I'm saying that users want two things: choice and cheap. Apple did not offer either in the PC market, and consequently, is now a niche player, and has been a niche player ever since. Despite all the pretty figures, Apple's worldwide marketshare is still only around 5%.

Apple is not offering either choice or cheap in the smartphone market either - and that WILL come back to bite them in the ass. This lawsuit proves - beyond a doubt - that they know this. HTC is the very EMBODIMENT of both choice and cheap. You can pick your software, form-factor, and price.

And rightfully so, Apple is scared of that. Even someone like John Gruber acknowledges that.


Considering they're only offering one phone, then I suppose you're right about choice. In regards to "cheap" I think their offering is on par with competitors.

Saying that, I have no idea what Apple is doing. They are a cruel and calculating company and while at the surface it may appear to be a defensive move, I don't believe this strategy is out of "fear" in any way, shape, or form.

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RE[3]: Which history?
by fatjoe on Thu 4th Mar 2010 09:13 in reply to "RE[2]: Which history?"
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2010-01-12

Considering they're only offering one phone, then I suppose you're right about choice. In regards to "cheap" I think their offering is on par with competitors.


I think you chose to misunderstand this. This is not about the number of devices to choose from but in fact what to do after you buy a device. This is about not being allowed to run certain software on the device you have fully paid for...

Regarding cheap, I think you will find very very few (probably none) other offerings that are as expensive as Apples, once you include the monthly fees and such.

Edited 2010-03-04 09:26 UTC

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