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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by darknexus on Fri 29th Jun 2012 14:27 UTC in reply to "Status symbol"
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There are a lot of Iphone users who just have it because it is the most expensive phone and therefore must be the best.

While that's certainly true (although at least in the US there are more expensive phones than the iPhone even when subsidized) you can't deny that the iPhone changed how other companies looked at their phones. There was a story here a little while back about Android's beginnings, and you can't really argue that the iPhone had a huge impact on what Android actually became. The iPhone itself wasn't particularly revolutionary, especially in the first revision (you couldn't even have apps in iOS 1.0), but what Apple managed to do was change how both the average person and mobile phone manufacturers viewed the entire mobile ecosystem. Even if one doesn't like where Apple took their devices (I, for one, do not) it's partly because of this shift in perspective that we have the smartphones we do today.

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