“The iPhone was not the first touch-screen smart phone when it was introduced last year, but it might as well have been,” Ryan Kim reports for The San Francisco Chronicle. “The exclusive AT&T device and its successor, the iPhone 3G, set the pace in this trend-setting category with their ease of use, Internet capabilities and multimedia functions.”
“But now, rival cell phone carriers and manufacturers are catching up,” according to rival cell phone carriers’ and manufacturers’ PR offices, err… Kim reports. “With news of the coming BlackBerry Storm on Verizon Wireless and the G1 from T-Mobile and Google, along with the releases of the Samsung Instinct and HTC Diamond and Pro on Sprint, Apple is finding the pack has closed the gap.”
MacDailyNews Take: They have? Who (besides the PR flacks who fed you this B.S.) says, Ryan?
• RIM’s new BlackBerry Storm offers mechanical click screen, lacks Wi-Fi – October 08, 2008
• Gizmodo: Google’s Android totally lacks Apple’s ferocious attention to detail – September 24, 2008
• Mossberg on Google’s G1 phone: stubbier, clunkier, thicker, heavier, less complete than Apple iPhone – September 24, 2008
• T-Mobile Google Android phone as irrelevant as Microsoft Zune? – September 24, 2008
• MarketWatch: T-Mobile’s Google Android phone not a game-changer – September 23, 2008
• Times Online reviews Google’s T-Mobile G1 Android phone: ‘Apple’s iPhone is better’ – September 23, 2008
• Telegraph-Journal reviews Samsung Instinct: Not in same league as Apple’s iPhone – August 11, 2008
• Washington Post reviews Samsung Instinct: ‘It only looks like an iPhone’ – July 06, 2008
• Mossberg reviews Samsung’s Instinct: ‘It’s no iPhone’ – June 12, 2008
• Samsung’s ‘Instinct’ is obviously to make Apple iPhone knockoffs – April 01, 2008
• WSJ’s Mossberg Solution: HTC can’t disguise Windows Mobile flaws – September 04, 2008
• PC World Test: Apple iPhone 3G battery life beats out Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Palm 3G handsets – July 14, 2008
• AP reviews HTC Touch: ‘A mess, HTC and Microsoft couldn’t make a decent touch-screen phone’ – December 01, 2007
The reviews simply do not support Ryan Kim’s “reporting.”
Kim continues, “‘The iPhone pushed the technology, and now the others are saying, ‘We’ll push it more,’ and that’s led to innovation and more competition,’ said Neil Strother, an analyst with Forrester Research. ‘Apple set the bar, and the others are trying to exceed it. They all seem to be getting pretty darn close now.'”
MacDailyNews Take: Neil Strother’s statement reads like a PR plant, not anything resembling factually-based, independent “analysis.” Kim and The San Francisco Chronicle are doing a disservice to — and insulting the intelligence of — their readers.
Kim continues, “‘We were asked (by Verizon Wireless) to come up with a phone that appealed to consumers, with a big screen, multimedia and a host of features, and we’ve met what we set out to do,’ said David Smith, senior director of product management at BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.”
MacDailyNews Take: Translation: Verizon begged us for a fake iPhone, since the current fake iPhone they’re trying to peddle can’t hold a candle to an actual iPhone, so we made a fake iPhone, too. Obviously, Verizon, RIM, Kim, and The San Francisco Chronicle, think people are idiots who can’t tell a real product from a knockoff or won’t notice the complete lack of major necessities like Wi-Fi.
Kim continues disguising iPhone rivals’ P.R. department’s talking points as “news” – Think Before You Click™ – here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JES42” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: We encourage readers who feel that their intelligence is being insulted to contact the San Francisco Chronicle and voice their displeasure about obvious public relations talking points from iPhone rivals being presented as “news” in the Chronicle’s Business section.
• Ryan Kim:
• Dick Rogers, SF Chronicle’s Readers’ Representative: (415) 777-7870 or
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