Apple iPhone wannabes don’t even come close to what Apple has built

Apple Store“Whatever you think about Steve Jobs, you must admit the guy knows how to steal a show. Of the hundreds of gadgets on display at [this year’s] CTIA Wireless trade show—the year’s big cell-phone confab—the only one with real buzz was Apple’s iPhone, a product that won’t be available for months. The iPhone appeared only briefly at CTIA, but it incited a near tug of war between an AT&T exec and the chairman of the FCC. Other phone makers spent the show trying to explain away Apple’s unstoppable momentum. ‘There’s nothing like having someone come out and validate your vision,’ one Nokia representative gushed unconvincingly,” Paul Boutin writes for Slate Magazine.

“The truth is that Nokia’s vision—and everyone else’s—has been surpassed. None of the combo cell-phone/media/Internet devices at CTIA came close to what Apple has built: a pocket personal computer that runs a bona fide operating system. Rather than stretching a cell phone to accommodate a video player and browser, Apple squished a Mac into a smaller box with a touch screen, rather than a keyboard. All computer geeks need to know is that it runs Unix. For the less nerdy, iPhone runs Safari, a full-featured browser that’s a whole let less buggy than some “mobile” browser that can’t parse most of the Web,” Boutin writes.

Boutin writes, “I don’t expect anyone but the most overpaid of my Mac fanboy buddies to rush out and buy an iPhone.”

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Boutin continues, “What Samsung, Nokia, and Apple’s other competitors fail to understand, however, is that in a do-everything age, there’s a downside to trumpeting new features. By announcing that your phone does two or three cool new things, you’re also implicitly admitting that there’s a universe of things that this particular gadget can’t do. And that’s why the iPhone is such a breakthrough. When Jobs touts the iPhone as three devices in one, he’s selling it short: It’s a computer, not some limited, specialized gizmo. That means that rather than a fixed set of applications—music, video, Web browsing, chat—it can, in theory, run any program that works on a Mac. The iPhone’s killer feature, then, is probably something that doesn’t even exist yet. It has the potential to spawn a mobile application as mind-blowing as the Web browser… Once the third-party application restrictions start to loosen, the iPhone won’t be just a phone. It’ll be a platform.”

Apple’s iPhone “interface looks and works more like the computer you use all day, blurring the distinction between the two. There’s nothing else like it in the pipeline,” Boutin writes.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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25 Comments

  1. He gets it. The iPhone is a computer by anyone’s definition of a computer. It’s potential is unlimited and, for early adopters, you can add each new innovation as it is developed.

    There will be a good opportunity to make money installing replacement batteries. These puppies will be used for years. People will be killed for their iPhones.

  2. Money quote: “Apple’s iPhone “interface looks and works more like the computer you use all day, blurring the distinction between the two. There’s nothing else like it in the pipeline,” Boutin writes.”

    There’s nothing like it. So true. I just hope the first rev doesn’t have any bugs in it.

  3. Like I accuratly predicted, the trend will be toward smaller less processor intensive, portable devices that have accesses to the more powerful desktop models via the internet.

    It’s the only obvious solution now that present and future processors are just too hot to put into laptops.

    Fry a egg on a MacBook Pro lately? Yummmy.

    I should work for Apple.

  4. “Boutin continues, “What Samsung, Nokia, and Apple’s other competitors fail to understand, however, is that in a do-everything age, there’s a downside to trumpeting new features. By announcing that your phone does two or three cool new things, you’re also implicitly admitting that there’s a universe of things that this particular gadget can’t do. “

    What? Talking about new features of your product is now passe?

    This guy must have flunked out of Marketing school and decided to become a tech writer.

  5. I love the idea of the iphone and I’m lusting for one terribly.

    I just hate being tied to Cingular. I’m in New Hampshire and Verizon seems to be the best wireless service for this state that I’ve seen.

    I am not at all sure how good Cingular is here so I may not be able to get an iphone…not because I don’t want one but because Cingular simply might not be able to provide a viable service in the area I live in.

    I could be wrong and I sure hope I am as I really, really want an iphone. If I can’t get one just because of Cingular, it’s going to totally suck.

    If anybody knows how good Cingular is in New Hampshire, please post. Thanks.

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