Originally Posted by sapporobabyrtrns
It's no more simplistic than fawning over features that other phones have had for years and acting like its revolutionary simply because Apple says its so. If the iPhone had to stand on its merits alone it might not do as well, however with Apple and its very good hype machine, features that others manufactures have had for years and years suddenly become new with the iPhone. The sad this is people actually fall for the hype. It will be very interesting to see what happens on June 20th with the so-called S version. Personally I do not think it will sell as well as the original 3G, but you can fool some of the people some of the time but you can fool iPhone iBoys all of the time.
You better hope that, say, Nokia isn't this stupid, because they'll get their ass handed to them if they proceed on the assumption that the iPhone's popularity is based on "hype" and "fanboys."
Personally, I'm astonished that anyone is still clinging to the "features" argument, even after the iPhone has so clearly demonstrated that what people want is ease of use and seemless integration. The kind that Nokia has failed to deliver after many years in the cell phone biz, instead electing to lard their "flagship" handsets with ever more features and hardware specs and and bullet point check list completers, all at the service of an ever more out of date feeling OS.
For what it's worth, I'm not seeing anyone acting like any particular feature on the iPhone is "revolutionary"-- rather the general idea is that the combination of UI, OS, form factor, ease of use, access to applications and media and just general polish is what is revolutionary.
But by all means keep that straw man alive-- if Apple's competitors can't see past it (and so far, oustide of the Pre and to a lesser extent Android, they don't seem to be able to), it'll be smooth sailing for the iPhone.