- 06-24-2007, 03:16 PM #101
I'm not an Apple hater by a long shot, just not in illusion that the iPhone is the best mobile device with the most features ever created. It is just another phone with it's own benefits and drawbacks. It could be best for some people and terrible for others. Apple's hype and the fanboy's rantings say otherwise so here we are discussing it.
- 06-24-2007, 03:29 PM #102
In 5 years, we will also have more advanced versions of the iPhone. I have been looking forward to this device, and appreciate how it has shaken things up. There have been a lot of criticisms about this phone that assume it will not be evolving or new features won't continue to be unveiled even for the 1st gen. model. Apple is playing it safe so that things don't get all mucked up, but we can be sure that (unlike Palm) they will respond to market demands from a technology and user-experience standpoint.
For my money I like function, e.g. an XBox 360 or a Wii are in the same range as a desktop PC yet you can play as many if not more games on the PC plus be much more productive (though if you get the formers you can go down the block and say "ooh-aah! I have a Wii")- if I had none and someone gave me $600 I'll go for a PC every time.
Why is MICROSOFT the focus of your question? This isn't a PC debate so to speak and there are other (and bigger maybe) players e.g. Symbian OS. And note I use both macs and pcs..done so for nigh on 6 yrs now.
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2) supports 3G
3) Exchange integration
4) remote device management - remote wipe, remote policy enforcement
5) You can search your contacts instead of having to scroll.
6) support a wide variety of hardware.
There's more but thats enough for now. Please now tell me
a) why these do not trump the IPhone
b) how the IPhone trumps WM6.
Not in my book - it's a new gadget but not evolutionary or even revolutionary yet to me.
The only thing I consider "new" is the multitouch and in my case it doesn't add ANY functionality (keys, scrollers and d-pads do the same thing), but it IS cool (I think I'd rather have that on my 20" apple monitor than a 3 " phone screen if you see what I mean) and a new way to do the same things on a phone. When they add in the total voice domination feature where I can stop using my hands to do stuff THEN I'll be impressed! Perhaps the OS is prettier and faster(?) but that is aesthetics really and things are slowly converging to that form.
Looking at the iPhone there is nothing on it that would make me think..add that to my treo (or my TV, radio, fridge, monitor etc) and it will be more capable. It's like saying I can be more productive with multitouch.
What Tom Cruise did in Minority report was nice (with the images and the orchestra movements of them) but it also looked like a pretty tiring way to look through 5-7 images on a screen!
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- 06-24-2007, 04:05 PM #123
Form factor IS what helps make smartphones or cellphones in general for that matter more appealing is it not? In the iphone`s case, it seems to possess that at this point. It appears to be much thinner than most devices out there, no? This is one way in which the iphone is more attractive in some ways than the thicker, bulkier bricks that many phones with wm6 onboard. For the general public, it is reasonable to say that form factor is one of the critical features which will make or break the success of a phone.
If you dont care about form factor, than buying a brick is really not a problem is it? But if form factor is high on the list of desires, than the iphone does appear to have an edge on many windows mobile devices at least in this category. There is room for improvement on the specs of the iphone, but my stance on it is that it is not a bad first phone for apple. I am looking forward to 2nd and 3rd generations.
- 06-24-2007, 04:16 PM #124
Smartphones have never had superior form factor (due to what they need to be "smart") so I'm not sure where you're heading with that.
I think you'd be better arguing that the increased screen real estate and multitouch will be it's most appealing features vs other phones!