iPhone 5 years ahead of its time

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jgalan14, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. jgalan14 macrumors 6502

    Oct 11, 2011
    So when the iPhone (original) was released Steve Jobs said it was 5 years ahead of its time? So my question to you guys is so guys think it was truth ? And how many years was he ahead anyways ? And what phone has come closed or beat it ? (we talking about the first iPhone here )

    I think it was 3-4 years , which it was great I think the of droid and the nexus one was the first phones the actually were really nice touchscreen phones and even then the UI didn't feel smooth as the first iPhone , yeah maybe quicker but not a nice UI , just look at the way of the apps and look how much little detail (like when sending a text msg ) what you guys think?
  2. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    In the tech world it normally takes competitors 1-2 years to "copy" products.

    iPhone was introduced in Jan 2007. At that time Android was in development already but Android modeled their OS after the blackberry OS. Google/Android scrapped that idea and essentially copied apples (with obvious improvements). That's why it took Android an extra year to launch in October 2008.

    Palm scrapped their entire Palm OS that had been around for over 10 years. But palm had to scrap their old OS and start new with webOS. That took palm two years.

    Microsoft tried to jerry rig their windows mobile for over a year until they scrapped it already and took them another 2 years to launch windows 7 phone.

    So it takes one to two years for tech world to copy stuff.

    No product is five years ahead of its time.
  3. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    Strictly speaking, if a product exists, then it's the product's time whether competitors are caught up or not. Anything else is marketing speak (or requires time travel).

    As to whether a product is ahead of the public's willingness to buy it, that's a different matter. Clearly this has not been a problem with the iphone.
  4. boss.king macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    In some ways, it was waaay ahead of the competition. On the other hand though, it lacked some of the most basic features that people need from a smartphone.

    The whole "5 years ahead" thing is just marketing.
  5. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    Was it a brilliant new phone? Yes

    5 years ahead ? Who knows, not even Steve Jobs.

    What else would you expect an Apple narcissist to say?

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