Originally Posted by nasdarq
Read various comments above about the 3G connection problems (among others), and you will see what I mean by 'not credible'.
We are talking smartphones here, not just phones. And smartphones are becoming more and more like hand-held computers - and I am sure that Apple is marketing iPhone as one, in fact ... My point was that, compared to the class leaders (Nokia and SonyEricsson, in particular, and Rim to a lesser extent), iPhone is definitely, and regretably, is still more like phone ... And you don't seem to argue with that.
iPhone needs to catch up in terms of various basic software bugs as well as the basic functionalities, platform openness and reception quality - I am afraid the initial element of novelty (of how 'cool' iPhone is) is starting to wear off now once 3G has been released ... There is no more 'big thing' for us to wait, and Apple will have to work hard by going back to the basics and improving all those 'small things' that in fact make up a good smartphone.
Moreover, Apple will now have to face increasing competition not only in terms of design but, more importantly, also functionality and price. Even Samsung (watch for their soon to be announced GT series) and LG are now capable of making very very smart devices (at a fraction of the price) in the increasingly lucrative market of high-end phones.
look...if the market for the iphone were ONLY the folks that have been using smart phones for the past 5 years, then i'd say apple has a problem...the fact is, tho, that the iphone is one incredible market expander. NO ONE can touch what apple's been able to generate in terms of interest in the category. Nokia, RIM, Sony, Moto...all of them have had years to get the technology and usability to a place that could appeal to the masses. they failed to do that.
apple showed up with a device that, for many, will be their first foray into the smart phone world. they did their homework and have delivered some killer features that matter to that segment...
- consumer-focused contact engine synced with a user's home computer
- the world's pre-eminent media player, fully integrated into an already-established digital media distribution system
- a robust application store that allows outside developers to leverage/enhance/customize the platform on an individual level
- a full-featured (read NOT "mobile") web browser that facilitates the kind of surfing a user does from the comfort of their desktop or laptop
- terrific user interface that smashes ANYTHING that ANYONE's had out in, i don't know, EVER
- first-of-its-kind multi-touch screen enhances the appeal to a measure of the technophobe crowd
- the first to market with integrated visual voicemail -- you have to admit that was cool the first time you saw it
- oh and it's a phone, too
now, are they perfect? no, not all of them and not right now...but i bet you that by the end of the year, the bulk of the material performance issues will have disappeared...
but the larger point isn't that this isn't the smartphone killer...a replacement for the hardened smartphones that have been in use for the last several years. are there folks that have/will transitioned from those devices to iphones? yep...will they or should they represent the bulk of iphone users over the next 2 yrs? i don't think so...
the power of this device is that it delivers lots of capability to huge chunks of the wireless user community that previously didn't have an interest in this space. THAT'S POWERFUL.