Originally Posted by Archipellago
apple haven't defined the modern smartphone and probably never will...
Nope. They've defined the modern, dead simple to use, always connected, pocketable computer.
In a few years, when Apple is selling a range of devices running a full version of OS X, devices that have enough graphics horsepower to unleash the potential of the touch UI that they've only begun to exploit, many of which will include the trivially simple "phone app", we'll see how the Nokias of the world are doing bolting ever more "functionality" onto their phone OSes.
"Cell phones" are a dead end, and their enthusiasts are blind to what's happening.
I've said this before, but the current situation is analogous to a world where "personal computing" started out wide-spread adoption of dedicated email stations. In such a world, email buffs would argue endlessly about who had the most refined spell checker or cleverest implementation of POP accounts or even such all important features as sophisticated sorting or smart folders.
Then someone comes along with a general purpose computer, and the email fans laugh because they have machines that can do more sophisticated email things. "Why", they say, "this so called 'computer' is a mediocre email machine, at best!" They keep laughing as the email machine manufacturers strike back with dedicated email machines that have more features.
And then computers happen.