Originally Posted by nikon133
Believe or not, Vista was fixed nicely after Service Pack 1, but initial bad reputation was - in Vista'a case - impossible to beat.
Bingo. The iPhone 4\\Vista comparison is apt.
Not that many people had problems with Vista, and what problems they did have were mainly caused by 3rd party applications and drivers , not the OS itself (comparison here is poor AT&T reception magnifying any reception issues of the iPhone itself).
After SP1 most Vista problems were fixed and it was pretty close to what W7 is now. (comparison here is a software fix, free bumper etc from Apple to fix the issue)
However Vista had already been pounced on by the media, bloggers and competitors and Microsoft simply couldn't shake the bad PR around Vista, even though the problems were fixed.
Nothing shows this better than the Mojave Experiment
With this analogy I think Turner is alluding to the PR around the products more than the products themselves.
The one big difference I see is that whilst Microsoft were trying to fend off the brilliant advertising minds at Apple who were working overtime to reinforce the Vista stereotype, Apple has nothing more than a few offhand comments to compete against.
I have a feeling that Apple will come up with a fix and this whole thing will blow over unless Verizon/Google/Microsoft decide to throw a few hundred million into an advertising campaign against the iPhone, highlighting the reception issues and reinforcing the stereotype.