Originally Posted by physguy
As had been said many other places, the anology to the iPod introduction should be informing these discussions, and it isn't. Apple has almost never tried to compete on spec lists and features, but user experience, integration and ease of use. "iPod will fail at that price point", "iPod must have an FM radio or its nothing", "Voice recording on the iPod is absolutely necessary", etc. The same is/will be true for the iPhone. We won't know if it will succeed or not until its in the wild and real people can use the interface but its the interface, not the features, that will make this phone fly and will (if successful) reinvent the mobile phone/device. I would feel safe saying that anyone who says that current mobile phone software/interfaces are mature and usable is very much on the geek end of the tech scale
(and that's not a bad thing
) This phone is NOT aimed at them.
It's the interface, it's the interface, it's the interface.
I made the rounds over the weekend to phone stores and checked out the latest and greatest smart phones, PDA phones, internet tablets, etc.
Horrifying. I can hardly believe that people are arguing that whatever Palm/Windows Mobile/Symbian thing they're carrying around makes the iPhone irrelevant. Yes, I know you have mastered the interface on your Blackberry and can type 110 words a minute on the thumb board.
Got news for you: the interfaces on these things are horrible
. Even the Nokia 770, which has all kinds of room, has a cheap and crummy feeling interface. Not only that, but most of the devices themselves
feel cheap and plasticy and crummy.
iPhone overpriced? We know for sure that it will look and feel top notch. We can see that the interface is a whole different order of usability compared to what's out there.
I think the big mistake is assuming at the price point the only market for the iPhone is people who already buy smart phones, i.e. business users, geeks and techophiles.
Looking at the offerings already out there, it's pretty clear why these things are limited to a particular demographic, and I don't think it's entirely about price.
What I think is going to happen is that people are going to walk into the Cingular or Apple store pretty sure that they would never in this world spend $500 on a phone, play with one, and suddenly realize that they will pay $500 for a phone-- the iPhone is going to radically expand the potential market for mobile communication devices.