Just passin' through:
But of course Jobs is obviously an idiot who should be slavishly implementing feature demands from every basement blogger on the planet.
Sure, things like MMS are just fringe features that only a few crackpots would want and... oh wait. It's exactly the opposite
of that: A recent survey by the CTIA – The Wireless Association reports... [that] cell phones are being used more for purposes like capturing and sending pictures and other multimedia messages, with more than 5.6 billion MMS recorded in the first half of 2008. This amount is equivalent to the number of MMSes sent in the whole year of 2007.http://www.techshout.com/mobile-phon...e-users-in-us/
And that's just in the US
. Imagine how many TENS OF BILLIONS of pic/multimedia messages get sent worldwide each year. And, if the US in any indication, it's accelerating
Unless of course you look at the fact that he's got the only successful strategy going at the moment.
Not sure that's true. Check out the chart below... RIM's been increasing in marketshare too, as has HTC. Though both will feel the pinch of the economic downturn.
People are finally starting to realise that the "smartphone market" or the smartphone segment of the cell market is poised to become the entire market.
I think that's a bit of hype. Maybe in the very long-term, that's possible, but in the short- or medium-term, I doubt it. Why?
Well, a few reasons. One- go ask a cellphone salesman how many ppl want a 'FREE' cellphone. Lots do. Of course, it isn't really 'free', it's being subsidized by the service contract, but Joe Average does not grok that. So when the iPhone is available for ZERO dollars, maybe then the dubmphone market will be on its' legs... but even then, it probably isn't completely, because of portability. And simplicity.
That same big screen that makes the iPhone so lovely for so many things also makes it quite wide, and tall. Sure, it's thin, but thin does not equal small, all by itself (though Steve seems to think so). I have a midrange flip phone that I can easily stick in the my jeans change pocket. The iPhone won't fit in there, nor do most competing smartphones. Some ppl just like small, and smartphones are inherently 'not small', thanks to the big screen.
Then there's the fact that some ppl just find smartphones intimidating, and really do want a simple phone that "just makes calls". Or at least a phone that looks
simple, even if it can do other things. Sure, that's mostly older folks, but hey, they buy phones and service contracts too.
So, I wouldn't expect the dumbphone market to go away just yet.
Hmm, I don't see people wanting to talk on a bulkier, more expensive toy laptop. [i.e. netbook]
I tend to agree. Even with a nice BT earpiece, you can't 'just whip out' a netbook the way you can a phone. Portability, again.
Because "full featured" is not the same as "having every feature imaginable, whether you wanted them all or not."
Yes, but there is another definition of "full-featured": Having the common features that ppl EXPECT a cellphone to have. MMS definitely falls into that category.
Now, some other things that the iPhone doesn't have, like video-recording, cut-copy-paste, uncrippled bluetooth (last I checked), high-quality camera, etc don't necessarily fall into that category. But even then, some would argue that those things are expected on a high-end
phone, which I guess the iPhone should be considered to be.
Our own US standards concerning that may be a tad sketchy. After all, we're not exposed to all of the neat-o high-end phones that the Euros, Japanese, and South Koreans are. So perhaps our viewpoints are tad bit skewed in that regard.
In any case, as I said before... just passin' through.