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 brichpmr on Sat 30th Jun 2012 12:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Status symbol"
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Please, anytime you use an expression like "best smartphone on the market", add a "for them" precision. Not doing so makes you sound like a fanboy in the ears of those of us who do not like $700 phones with a fragile screen, ridiculously costly battery replacements, and no physical keys.

Aside from the fact that the iPhone has provided tech enjoyment and utility for tens of millions of users, the alleged lack of durability is vastly overstated, in my experience with every gen of the device since 2007. The only prerequisite has been to treat the device with the same care that one would give to any fine quality piece of kit. Where I work, a large number of employees have moved to the iPhone from other non-Apple smartphones; and not one that I rub shoulders with has broken the screen nor exercised an option to move on to either an Android or Windows phone. Anecdotal of course, but a simple device is empowering to the non-geeks who simply want to use their phone as opposed to tweaking it or jailbreaking it.

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by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 30th Jun 2012 13:14 in reply to "RE[3]: Status symbol"
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All you said is applicable to Android. In fact, more people choose Android than iOS - those are the cold and harsh facts. Even in countries without carrier exclusivity - large parts of Europe - Android outpaces Android considerably.

So, the statement that the iPhone is the best smartphone is ridiculous. It's definitely one of the very best - but not the best.

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by jared_wilkes on Sat 30th Jun 2012 15:09 in reply to "RE[4]: Status symbol"
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Android is not a phone, it is an OS. By your own metric, the iPhone is generally and in most geographies the "best" smartphone. At best, in most geographies, there is only 1 phone that remotely approaches the iPhone (the latest and greatest Samsung Galaxy) and it will generally only outsell the iPhone for a few months of its initial availability.

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by Neolander on Sat 30th Jun 2012 13:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Status symbol"
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iPhone users are only a small fraction of the total amount of cellphone users worldwide (4.6B cellphones in the world in 2010, according to CBS, iPhone users representing maybe 1% of that). By arguing that the iPhone is best for everyone, you are implicitly arguing that the billions of people who own other phones have made uninformed choices or couldn't afford one. Hence my remark that you should temper this judgement, no matter what anecdotal evidence tells you.

I could spend pages of text explaining why iPhones are not for everyone, but I don't think that this would be necessary to drive the point that although it's a nice product, there's really nothing magical about it. People will always be happy to have other choices, depending on their priorities when they choose a phone.

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