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its so funny to see all these companys try to best apple and their mighty iphone!!

It's so funny to see all these companies try to best Sony and their mighty Walkman.

It's so funny to see all these companies try to best Nintendo and their mighty SNES.

It's so funny to see all these companies try to best Ford and their mighty Model T.

In short: you clearly feel very emotional about this, but the logical angle is that competition, emulation, and evolution is good for all of us. Also, please tone it down - you're playing into a stereotype at the moment and that's never a good thing.
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post #82 of 104
I love threads like this, the problem with many of the points and points of view is that the products are moving targets.

The Nexus One is problematic, IF Google does retail this phone, it risks royally pissing off the members of the Open Handset Alliance. I suspect that the obviously non cell industry savvy Google employees (and if a few posts are to be believed, some were terminated for violating NDA's over the phone) got the whole non-subsidized phone through TMobile's recent plan changes confused by their desire for Google to turn into Apple.

The fact is, Google has gone on record as saying they aren't interested in retailing phones.

This is a sweet phone, and I will likely own one soon, I seriously love the iPhone, but will be dammed if I ever submit myself to the abuse that ATT considers customer service. Econ 101, "Vote with your dollars." I don't know for sure what Prof B would think of me owning >$100K of Apple stock & not using their products, but I suspect he'd be proud.
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Originally Posted by digitalclips View Post

Hopefully iPhone OS 4.0 will move the goal posts a long way and make the copycats scramble to keep up.

That would be great. As of now, however, Apple is in scramble mode, with the goalposts quickly receding into the distance. Seemingly, the 3GS+ is already designed. Whether it will be good enough remains to be seen.
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Originally Posted by Gert View Post

The supposely iPhone killers are allways compared by hardware features (how many people know what speed the CPU in the iPhone runs at, hardly any).

Yep. And therefore, the CPU speed is unimportant. Not.

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Small software things like have Core Animation: meaning ever app can easily use the same nice transitions (flipping around etc) as Apples own apps, make a big difference. By giving all apps the same polish and shine.

Personally, I care a whole lot more about what the app can do for me than I care about the nice transitions.
the first time I saw the page flipping over on an iPhone, and it delighted me. The second time I acknowledged it. The third time, I no longer cared. I don't value shiny, pretty things enough, perhaps. Give me an app that lets me multitask, and I'll deal with a lack of repetetive transition themes.[/QUOTE]

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So the Nexus will come and go (like every other iphonekiller) while the iPhone (leading years on the software side) will keep it's steady climb in marketshare.

The iPhone now a laggard in hardware. Every desirable program has been ported to Android. There are multiple choices in every category. Android is already more capable than the iOS; it can do stuff that Apple cripples on the iPhone. Perhaps someday, it might even be as shiny and pretty as the iOS. In the meantime, I don't understand your dismissive attitude toward facts.
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Originally Posted by tawilson View Post

You only have to look at Windows Mobile to see why this is going to fail miserably.

The OPENNESS of the platform isn't important, as your average joe (more of them than geeks/nerds) really could care less about it being open-source.

You only have to look at Windows on the desktop to see how and why this challenge is going to be accommodated and overcome.
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Originally Posted by iGenius View Post

As of now, however, Apple is in scramble mode

Really? Be specific - what of substance is causing Apple to be in "scramble mode"?
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Originally Posted by iGenius View Post

You only have to look at Windows on the desktop to see how and why this challenge is going to be accommodated and overcome.

Google is getting a licensing fee for the Android OS for pretty much every smartphone sold whether or not Android is being used?

Otherwise your comparison is totally worthless.
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Really? Be specific - what of substance is causing Apple to be in "scramble mode"?

The Droid's superior screen. Its software, such as
Google Navigation, a killer app, which is unavailable on the iPhone. The ability to seamlessly multi-task.

The ability to both go to the official app store, or to go to anywhere else you wish to acquire software.

And other stuff. Apple is now behind the curve. Ideally, I hope that iOS 4.0 raises the bar, but as of now, I hope that Apple will at least catch up.
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Originally Posted by DocNo42 View Post

Google is getting a licensing fee for the Android OS for pretty much every smartphone sold whether or not Android is being used?

Otherwise your comparison is totally worthless.

Nope. You take one reason, and postulate that unless it is present, the entire comparison fails. But the reason you cite is extremely minor.

If you can demonstrate that absent your reason, the software model would have failed, I will take your point into consideration. But absent such a demonstration, your point is not convincing.
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Originally Posted by DocNo42 View Post

Google is getting a licensing fee for the Android OS for pretty much every smartphone sold whether or not Android is being used?

Otherwise your comparison is totally worthless.


I had another thought: How and why did MS's sleazy tactic inspire third parties to overcome Windows fragmentation and successfully design software for the fragmented platform?

What the heck is the nexus between MS blackmailing hardware companies and say, Electronic Arts designing profitable software that would run on multiple Windows hardware and software configurations?

I see no connection whatsoever, but I'll still assume that you have some sort of a point. Can you make your point more explicit?
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Originally Posted by iGenius View Post

The N95's superior camera. Its software, such as
Nokia Maps, a killer app, which is unavailable on the iPhone. The ability to seamlessly multi-task.

The ability to both go to the official Nokia store, or to go to anywhere else you wish to acquire software.

And other stuff. Apple is now behind the curve. Ideally, I hope that iOS 2.0 raises the bar, but as of now, I hope that Apple will at least catch up.

/yawn I fixed it from a historical perspective...

...is that all you got?

You should have seen all the people buying iPhone's over Christmas.
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post #92 of 104
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Originally Posted by iGenius View Post

The Droid's superior screen.

While it looks a little nicer, it's hardly a must have difference. It's an evolution - what a shocker, it came out six months after the last iPhone update.

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Its software, such as Google Navigation, a killer app, which is unavailable on the
iPhone.

I already have a better navigation app. Actually, I have several. The only thing google navigation has going for it is it's free. Believe it or not, some things are worth paying for. I've had friends plot routes with their droids and me with Navigon or TomTom - and Navigon and TomTom did a better job two out of the three times.

It's a good light use app and certainly an advantage for the Droid, but if navigation is something you are going to rely on, you are going to replace it pretty quick anyway.

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The ability to seamlessly multi-task

Which will no doubt be addressed in an upcoming iPhone OS update. The 3Gs definitely has the memory for it now. Again, this is evolution, not revolution and certainly not a "scramble" feature. I have only two use cases where I would even use it - background Internet radio station, and background GPS logging application. Irrelevant for the majority of what I do on the phone and probably why it's not an issue to the majority of iPhone users (if it was a real issue worthy of the hyping of it on the Internet, the Pre would have been mopping up already).

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The ability to both go to the official app store, or to go to anywhere else you wish to acquire software.

Yawn. This may come as a shocker, but I like a controlled App store with some minimum requirements for software quality. In case you haven't noticed, the general state of software on PC's and even Mac's is pretty pathetic. There are no standards for quality and vendors can and will often ship crap just to get it out the door. With no guarantee they will ever update it.

I think the App store concept with it's validation of code BEFORE it is allowed to ship has lots of value. Sure, it has some issues - but the concept is sound and can only improve over time. I like the stability of my iPhone. Unlike previous Palm or Windows Mobile devices I have owned, the iPhone is an incredible breath of fresh air.

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And other stuff.

"And yeah!" Seriously?

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Apple is now behind the curve. Ideally, I hope that iOS 4.0 raises the bar, but as of now, I hope that Apple will at least catch up.

Catch up? Apple invented the bar. They will do what they have in the past - they will not just raise the bar, but invent a totally new bar. Apple obsoleted the iPod with the iPhone and iPod touch. Not any other vendor, but Apple themselves. I love all these "I hope competition forces Apple to innovate" comments. Talk about total denial about the mobile space. Apple is the one propelling the rest of the entire mobile industry, not the other way around!

Nothing of what you cited is revolutionary - it's evolutionary. If that's the best you (or google) has, it's hardly enough to cause Apple to "scramble". There are plenty of companies scrambling, but Apple isn't one of them. They are who everyone else is scrambling after...
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Originally Posted by iGenius View Post

Nope. You take one reason, and postulate that unless it is present, the entire comparison fails. But the reason you cite is extremely minor.

The reason I cite is not "extremely minor" - the "microsoft tax" for Windows and Office on new machines is 90% of Microsoft's revenue! Their next largest revenue stream is, ironically, their Mac applications.

Less then 40% of their customers are on enterprise agreements. That's pretty pathetic and well below industry norms.

If even 20% of PC sales are disrupted away from Windows, MS is in serious trouble! They haven't been able to successfully derive revenue from another area of the company - ever! The entertainment division is profitable only if you don't include the costs of the Xbox360 extended warranty repairs.

Right now they are a one trick pony when it comes to revenue. The real irony is Apple is far more diversified then MS ever dreamed of being. It's just the momentum of what MS has from the "MS tax" is so huge it's easy to overlook exactly what is going on.

Companies, on average, have 50 years to re-invent themselves. MS is in the 30's - they are running out of time. Apple is now firmly entrenched where the next logical space was - personal mobile devices. It will be interesting to see where MS moves next, but they have serious long term (5-10 years out) issues. Apple, meanwhile, is firing on all cylinders. They aren't biting off more then they can chew, and are executing on delivering the whole ecosystem - and doing it far better then any other company. Sure, some companies can out-compete them in one or two minor areas, but no one can touch them for the whole enchilada...
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Originally Posted by iGenius View Post

I had another thought: How and why did MS's sleazy tactic inspire third parties to overcome Windows fragmentation and successfully design software for the fragmented platform?

There was no viable alternative at the time. Apple in the 90's was an unorganized joke. That's not the case now.

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What the heck is the nexus between MS blackmailing hardware companies and say, Electronic Arts designing profitable software that would run on multiple Windows hardware and software configurations?

If MS hadn't squeezed out other OS's by blackmailing hardware companies, companies like EA would likely have been on multiple platforms far earlier.
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I hope any implementation of new features for the next iPhone also takes past adoptees into consideration. The 1G iPhone may be too far gone though.

I'm also hoping Apple is going into the next iteration with competitors in mind rather than going full steam ears closed. Sony tried that approach with their PS3 after the success of the PS2 and now they're playing catch up to the competition.

And I did check out a Droid at a Verizon outlet out of curiosity. I will admit, the hi res screen is very aesthetically pleasing. Even if it isn't a "standard" resolution, being able to read the text on a page before zooming is nice. Hopefully the 4G ups screen resolution too. Maybe Apple could take inspiration from the "densely packed pixels" of the small iPod nano screen.
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I hope any implementation of new features for the next iPhone also takes past adoptees into consideration. The 1G iPhone may be too far gone though.

After months of v2 on the market the G1 may finally be getting v2.0 or v2.1 in some form.
http://www.engadget.com/2009/12/26/a...o-t-mobile-g1/ It must be a great feeling to own a G1 and not know if short sided design has left you stranded so soon after youve made your purchase.
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post #97 of 104
Because of the shortcomings in the G1 hardware, I've got the feeling that plenty of concessions will need to be made for the 2.x upgrades.
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Originally Posted by DocNo42 View Post

The reason I cite is not "extremely minor" - the "microsoft tax" for Windows and Office on new machines is 90% of Microsoft's revenue! Their next largest revenue stream is, ironically, their Mac applications.

<SNIP>

That is beside the point. Your hatred of MS is irrelevant.

The topic is OS fragmentation. My point was that a thriving software ecosystem developed around MS despite severe fragmentation. You responded that MS used anticompetative practices. I asked what the heck that had to do with the topic at hand, and your response had nothing to do with developers overcoming fragmentation challenges.

Do you have a point about why and how Windowws fragmentation was unimportant, while Android fragmentation will be fatal to the platform? That is the topic you responded to.
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And I did check out a Droid at a Verizon outlet out of curiosity. I will admit, the hi res screen is very aesthetically pleasing. Even if it isn't a "standard" resolution, being able to read the text on a page before zooming is nice. Hopefully the 4G ups screen resolution too.

I bought my kid an Archos 5 Internet Media Table. It runs the same Arm Cortex A8 CPU as the 3GS, but with a 4.8 inch, 800x480 (WVGA) screen. It displays full-width web pages in a readable size. It outputs 720P tothe TV set. It has 60 Gigs of storage. It plays flash videos and, many many video and audio codecs right out of the box.

It blows away my iPhone as a media viewer, eBook reader, music source, and as an internet access device. Indeed, it makes my 3GS look sick. It cost $159.00.
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If MS hadn't squeezed out other OS's by blackmailing hardware companies, companies like EA would likely have been on multiple platforms far earlier.


So your point seem to be that developers will develop software for fragmented platforms if they are also popular platforms.

That is exactly what I am saying. Fragmentation for Android is a challenge. But given the popularity of Android, the challenge likely will be met.

Why do you disagree? We agree on the basic concept that fragmentation is a challenge, but can be overcome. Why you think that developers will abandon Android due to fragmentation? The most profitable software companies in the world develop for an extrememly fragmented platform already.

Fragmentation is a challenge. It is not a fatal disease.
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What's it like to pull out of your pocket and make a phonecall on?

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What's it like to pull out of your pocket and make a phonecall on?

For phpone calls, it works about the same as the iTouch. In all other respects, it makes the iTouch look sick.

Apple has got a lot of catching up to do.
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At least, double tap to zoom in and zoom out works on vanilla Android 2.0

Try triple tap on iphone and you won't like it.
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What an odd thread. Who cares what Google are doing, I'm sure they'll have great phones running Android. iPhone basically has three things that Android doesn't, and maybe never will have.

1) Apps. Loads of them. More than 100,000 available and 2 billion downloaded. Some companies are making up to $1 million a month in sales, something that Google won't get overnight

2) iTunes/iPod. Love it or hate it, iTunes is the defacto music manager and this is the one single thing that would keep me, even if all other things didn't count. I don't want to carry a $300 phone and a $300 iPod around with me. It's just not plausible for me to move over 800GBs of music and video to another format or manager, I think a lot of other people are the same

3) Standards. There are 3 iPhone models and aside of speed, they can all pretty much do the same thing. The problem with the many different versions of Android is that apps will have a hard time staying compatible or being performant on each. OK, so Command and Conquer is slow on the 1st and 2nd gen iPhones, but it works. Some games will be 3GS only, but as a developer, you know everyone who bought an iPhone since July has the same model. You only have to look at the state of WinMo to see what eventually happens when you have 20 different OEMs using different implementations of your OS. Even RIM has a relatively stable OS release/look and feel, which is why they've been so successful.

When all is said and done, Apple and Google may end up owning more than 50% of the market between them before too long (at least in the US and EU), and some people will always want to multi-task regardless of battery life or ease-of-use, which is fine. But the terms "iPhone killer" or even "Droid-killer" are nonsense. These phones are here to stay for a very long time.

This is a brilliant point that needs to be reminded to the mobile fanboys/fangirls. Matching driods with their cousins manufactured by OEMs (soon globally) just like WinMo's case is comprehensible. It is pure baloney to match a software to a real phone.
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