iPHone Competitors already?

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One must remember these products have been in development long before the IPhone was announced, and will come to market well before them. They are IPhone rivals, but not IPhone copycats.

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The Prada phone was announced a few months back. It is unique in its own way. The build-up and the hype (not to mention the timing) leading to the announcement of the iPhone makes it look like everything else is a copy. The reverse could also be true.
 

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Prada looks to be scheduled to hit the shelves around the same time as OpenMoko. The fact that OpenMoko is truly opensource, and can essentially run any X11 app (in my mind) gives it a leg up on both Prada and iPhone.
 

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Open Moko is out .:thumbsdn:
Small screen size..

The screen is smaller then the iPhone (2.8" vs 3.5"), but it's running 640x480 vga. As for price, the iPhone is looking like $499 for the small one with a 2 year Cingular contract. Openmoko is claiming their phone will ship for $350 - with no contract, and all the 3rd party apps you want to install (or even write and compile yourself)! It also looks like they're employing the same 2 finger touchscreen dragging, sizing etc.

Who knows... They're both vaporware at the moment. But, it's pretty intriguing. At the very least they will both help shake up the industry. And maybe OpenMoko will help convince Apple to allow 3rd party apps.

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Surely these devices (PRADA, OpenMoko) do not really compete with the Iphone, due to the lack of mind share and promotional muscle (its not Apple, is it) and will only sell fractions of the IPhone numbers.

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Even if they were run away successes they won't sell as much as Apple will - they don't have any brand recognition, have no sales or marketing channels in place. Still, they could both easily compete on a functional level. It'll be interesting, to say the least. I'm sure Palm hopes they don't work out, but I can't wait to see all these new devices. These are some exciting times!
 

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