Originally Posted by a_greer
Not to mention the fact that the iphone has been pretty much stagnate since 2.0, that is 2 yeqars of no real innovation, just catching up with 5 year old Blackberry voice dialing tech.
Apple sold over 8 million iPhones in the last quarter, at a time when the 3GS is widely considered to be heading into the end of its product life. That's not the kind of performance that gets anybody
Originally Posted by emulator
I like many of their products, but as companies, they are both corporate evils. Don't trust either of them!
Respectfully, I'm very tired of this attitude. It's all over the place. People have begun throwing around the word "evil" to describe anything they don't like, for any reason at all. When a "corporation" ooh, dirty word! starts rounding up people and sending them to death camps, we can talk about evil. Until then, let's lay off the hyperbole. It just clouds the issues and makes conversation tiresome and tedious.
Originally Posted by lamewing
Apple, if you are that aggrieved, then get into the search business and compete with Google on those terms as well.
Unless you're LexisNexis, there's no such thing as a search business. Searching the Internet is not a way to make money. It makes no more sense to talk about Apple getting into "the search business" than it does to talk about them getting into the "burn cash for heat in the winter" business.
Originally Posted by kotatsu
Google may not have brought anything revolutionary to the table, but they are providing an open OS with none of the ridiculous walled garden stuff Apple cripple the iPhone with
which sucks. It might seem tempting to argue that one product is somehow politically or morally superior to another, but it really doesn't get you anywhere when that product stinks out loud.
Why can't I [long list of stuff practically no one cares about]
You know what a bell curve looks like, yeah? Shaped like, well, a bell. People who buy phones that is to say, people in general fall along a bell curve. At the far left end, we have people who just want to dial; they don't care about voicemail or caller ID or anything else. At the right right end, we have people like, well, you. People who (and I'm sincerely trying to fairly summarize your point of view here) see their phones as toys to be played with. That junk you rattled off is on the far end of the bell curve. Apple could
add those features, but it would be a heck of a lot of work. And they'd sell what, eight million and three
phones a quarter instead of eight million? Not to mention the fact that adding those things would necessarily make everybody else's phones harder to use and less reliable.
Android is effectively iPhone without the walls.
And without ease of use, stability and security. But hey, it's an alternative product, and it's there for that tail end of the bell curve to buy or not. Of course, there's the little matter of infringing Apple's patents that needs to be settled, but I'm sure Google can find ways around those things. After all, being able to install any app you want, regardless of quality or stability, is more important to that segment of the market
than ease of use, stability or security anyway, right?
Originally Posted by DaveGee
If I'm not mistaken patent holder are obligated to defend them or risk loosing them... Or is that just with TMs?
The word is "losing," and you're thinking of trademarks. Trademark protection lapses if the owner of the trademark doesn't make a good-faith effort to protect it. That's why words like "aspirin" and "thermos" aren't trademarked any more.