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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Grammar police
by Drunkula on Fri 29th Jun 2012 14:06 UTC
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In my opinion this sentence fragment, "not particularly innovative feature-wise, it changed the mobile phone industry virtually overnight" is a bit contradictory. Isn't innovation changing something? Perhaps not innovative compared to current products, Thom?

Long live Android!

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RE: Grammar police
by David on Fri 29th Jun 2012 15:33 in reply to "Grammar police"
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That contradictory statement is actually the essence of both this essay and the iPhone's success. Many of the geek elite pooh-poohed the iPhone because they *rightly* pointed out that when you looked at the individual features and specs separately, the iPhone was just moderately better or worse than other smartphones that had come before it. There had been phones for years that could do the same things that the iPhone could do. And certainly that first iPhone, with no apps ecosystem, no 3G, and the high price, was a shadow of what the iPhone would become. But what made the iPhone great, as Thom points out, was that it transcended its specs. Its various features worked together, and there were a few key features that weren't just a little better than the competition (the browser, the email client), but far, far better.

Also, as another reader mentioned, the iPhone broke the downward spiral of the carriers' control of the phone user experience, and even though the rise of Android has somewhat allowed the carriers to make us all miserable again, the existence of the iPhone keeps them from abusing their power too much.

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