Originally Posted by sapporobaby
Yes there are several iPods, but which one closely matches the iPhone? You know this but in a failing argument, you turned to semantics. As you pointed out, remove the phone from an iPhone, or even the sim card, and you have an iPod Touch. WHich goes to prove my point again that the iPhone is nothing more than an iPod Touch with phone.
I think you're backing yourself into a corner with this one and you might consider just letting it go.
Referring to the iPhone as "just an iPod with a phone tacked on" is clearly meant to denigrate the former.
Changing that to "just an iPod Touch
with a phone", and calling the distinction "semantics" is totally incoherent.
If Apple brings out a tablet based on its touch interface, will that be "just" a big iPod? If Apple makes a full blown desktop with a touch screen, will that be "just" a big and powerful iPod?
Again, the Touch and the iPhone are powerful mobile computing devices, and Moore's Law bodes tremendous upside for such. "Telephony", as a measure of worthiness, completely misses the point.
I think it's pretty clear, now, that for this class of device, "telephony" will reflect on the platform exactly as "email" reflects on a laptop: that is, an app that is more or less robust. A sticking point for some, but nobodies idea of a defining feature.