Linked by David Adams on Tue 25th May 2010 04:07 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Over at Daringfireball this past weekend, John Gruber put words to what many people are thinking about after Google's rush of Android announcements and not-subtle Apple-bashing at this week's I/O conference: "all-out war." I agree with Gruber that a good old-fashioned bitter rivalry could be a great thing for the computing world, and for smartphone/handheld fans in particular.
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spiderman
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2008-10-23

You are just speculating on the future of the mobile industry. Nobody know what the future is.
Currently, smartphones are like cars: a social recognition object. People buy it to look cool. In some spheres,taking pictures at 12MP is pretty cool, in other spheres, pinching is damn cool. Some people think they are cool with the Prada logo on their phone. Some other people like to show their big screen. That's about 20% of the people. The rest buy rock solid small phones that fit in their pocket with weeks of battery life for less than €/£/$1
The people who buy cool phones get bored really fast. They change it every year or every 6 months. Android and Apple are the trend currently in California. They are not trendy everywhere. The rest of the world doesn't care about AT&T iron grip at all. Go to a phone shop in Europe or in Asia and look at the models. The iPhone is one model at the back of the store between the N97 mini and the Samsung Galaxy, there are 1 or 2 Android phones and hundreds of other phones with designs and features that fit different people taste. People even buy throwable mobile phones in supermarkets.

Edited 2010-05-25 10:15 UTC

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Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Go to a phone shop in Europe or in Asia and look at the models


I did, and it was depressing. It was like a pack of designers had been let loose to do whatever they wanted in desperation; and when they fail they all get killed and a new set are bought in. No coherence, no direction.

The iPhone is one model at the back of the store


The one model getting all the attention.

The competition are floundering. The iPhone's high price and locked nature is its Achilles heel.

Android is succeeding because it offers essentially the same as the iPhone but with the flexibility European consumers want.

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spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

It's your opinion because in your sphere Pinching is cool. Many other people are perfectly happy with their N900/N97, Samsung Galaxy, Xperia or whatever. Actually only 2.5% of the people choose the iPhone.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Currently, smartphones are like cars: a social recognition object. People buy it to look cool.
... The rest buy rock solid small phones that fit in their pocket with weeks of battery life for less than €/£/$1


There are certainly people that bought the iphone to look cool but most people buy them because they are useful. Small phones are great for battery life but they are lousy for browsing the web, entering contacts, playing games, etc. People are using smartphones as mini-computers. They're using them in cases where they would normally use a laptop.

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