Tasting the Ice Cream Sandwich
Posted May 16, 2012 17:22 UTC (Wed) by anselm
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The iPhone was using GSM when many other smartphones were already using UMTS. (When the iPhone came out I had a very clunky not-that-smart Nokia phone and even that was using UMTS.) The iPhone may have had a reasonable web browser compared to other phones at the time, but its Internet connectivity sucked, which did make the better browser somewhat pointless. It did eventually get UMTS but only quite some time later, which from Apple's POV was just fine because by that time many iPhone users were more than happy to ditch their phones for the newer model that actually promised reasonable speed. It would have been perfectly possible to launch the thing with UMTS from the get-go but that would have meant that many fewer sales, a strategy that was successfully repeated with the iPad. – As far as the phone features (rather than the web browsing features) are concerned, I seem to remember that at the time the reviews were less than enthusiastic.
Most of the stuff people associate with the iPhone nowadays (like third-party native apps) only came along after it had been out for a while. Contrary to popular legend, the iPhone took off not because it was the greatest phone technology ever but because it was a cool gadget from Apple that had some nifty but marginally useful features that other phones didn't have at the time (even though it missed various other useful features that other phones did have), in some very slick packaging guaranteed to wow your friends, colleagues, and business associates – a lifestyle product, not a technology product. Which is not a problem at all (Apple makes most of its money selling lifestyle products), but means that the lessons learned from the iPhone and its competitors do not automatically transfer to technology products like PC operating systems.
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