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Putting fanaticism aside (from both sides) I cannot see why the iPhone is “”hands-down”" one of the most “”important tech products of the year.
Yes it is a great device, yes it outsold any other phone model. I know a few people that have one and love it. But that does not make a device an important tech product, it just makes it a successful one. Excluding Siri, which is a great advancement in voice assisted interfacing, the device itself was nothing more than a hardware refresh with no major innovations.
At least the Droid Razr (second mentioned) accomplished something by making the lightest, lowest profile phone without sacrificing (actually improving from what I can tell) durability, functionality, or performance.
Expanding on my previous post, I also do not see how ICS was able to secure a spot when it hasn’t even seen launch on any device in the US and is too young to truly understand its impact.
You missed one. I think the HP Touchpad was a winner. Not because it was a failed product, but because it helped to push tablet prices down and show the world that tablets are indeed a viable product when the price is right. It also showed that to compete with Apple you have to offer a lower price, because like it or not and true or not, Apple products are perceived as being better.
It didn’t live up to the hype”" – Who’s hype??? Apple didn’t hype 4G, teardrop design, larger screen, a maid to clean your house – it was the MEDIA. The rumor mill in it’s attempt to churn up stories before the competition set the consumer’s expectations, NOT Apple. And heck, as an iPhone 4 owner I’m glad a game-changer that would tempt me to buy out my contract wasn’t released less than a year into my current phone. I’m content upgrading every other iteration and keeping some $ in my pocket.
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