Originally Posted by iStink
When iphone came out, it was 600 dollars, but the argument is that's because of the market. Now the pre is coming out, for half as much, and people are saying this is so horrible. Lets take a look at that for a second and compare it to complaints about the iphone's lack of mms and copy and paste. What's the argument there? The argument is that the iphone is still "young" and other phones had these features because they had time to develop them. Well, HELLO? The Pre won't have a 200 dollar price point right out of the gate because it will take time to get there, just as it took TWO YEARS for the iphone to get to the most basic features of a "smart phone."
To say the Pre should start out with all the latest and greatest is to also say the iphone should have as well. To say that Apple's excuse for these artificial limitations is because of it's infancy is to say that the Pre can carry that excuse for the next two years as well.
It's a given:
1. that a completely new product (like iPhone, Pre, Storm) can't have every feature that it's competitors already have.
2. that a new product will be criticized for the things it doesn't have.
The key to success is figuring out (a) which features will clearly differentiate your new product from its competitors, and make it super attractive to most consumers, (b) which features are needed (i.e. deal-breakers for many) but don't differentiate, and (c) which features aren't really needed in the current increment.
Everybody has a different perspective on what goes in a, b, and c. From my perspective, I don't think Palm has an outstanding (a). And now that Apple has raised the bar with the App Store, it's difficult to put an App Store into category (c) instead of (b).
I know I know, Palm was in the phone business long before Apple, right? Well instead of 2 years, lets see what Palm is capable of accomplishing with the Pre in ONE year.
Palm started work on the Pre around summer 2007, so they'll have been at it for 2 years (even discounting all their prior phone experience). And Apple supposedly started working on a phone in summer 2004, taking almost 3 years to get its first iPhone to market.