iPhone/Android: In Smartphone Wars, Darwinism Triumphs Over Intelligent Design

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  1. samcraig macrumors P6

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    http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow/?p=11516&tag=nl.e539

    Great blog entry that looks at the competitive landscape. As I've mentioned before - I don't think the iPhone has much to worry about at this point for any phone being it's mudererer. However, zdnet blogger has the same viewpoint as I do that the real victims will be blackberry, nokia, etc and explains why.

    A worthy read...
     
  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    That was a good article. Personally, I think that Nokia, Palm, and Windows Mobile are on the edge of extinction now. I liked his idea that RIM should buy Palm and incorporate WebOS.
     
  3. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    Nokia on the edge of extinction? Yeah, in the US maybe. Globally they are still the big dog.

    I think android has a real fragmentation problem. There are brand new android phones being sold today with at least 3 generations of the software (1.5; 1.6, 2.0); I don't know if that's it. Moreover, every company has its own skin. Yes that provides choice, but it also creates confusion. How is the average consumer even going to know what an "android" phone can do?

    This might sound like a little thing to tech-savvy users, but I think it will prove daunting to a lot of people buying their first smartphone.
     
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    Why do you think Nokia are on the verge of extinction? :confused:

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  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I should have said that Nokia is in trouble with the smartphone market, especially here in the U.S.
     
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    We already see smartphone users grouped by experience, need, availability and other factors.

    No reason someone can't buy an iPhone to start with, and graduate to more powerful devices later on.

    Or they can start with a more "daunting" device, just as many people jump right into more difficult cameras, audio systems, cars, you name it... and figure them out.

    Not every device model has to be dumbed down so that anybody without technical aptitude can use it.
     
  7. RoboCop001 macrumors 65816

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    Windows Mobile! Windows Mobile is on the verge of extinction! If I were to create a flock of Windows Mobile on this island, you wouldn't have anything to say!
     
  8. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    That is a forgone conclusion considering the fact that Nokia has largely ignored the US market.
    They openly admit it.
     
  9. dread macrumors 6502a

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    I am pretty sure nokia reported a loss of over 1 billion dollars for the last quarter.
     
  10. sorchard macrumors regular

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    That was largely due to a writedown in the NSN division (the bit that makes the equipment that powers the network, jointly owned with Siemens). Their handset division was doing well.

    I suppose it is to be expected on MacRumors, but these suggestions that Apple is going to crush everyone else is truly hilarious. They may gain traction in the US, but I don't see it happening everywhere else. Crippled, locked, expensive, flimsy iPhone vs. Open, unlocked, cheap, more rugged HTC/Nokia/Samsung/SE/etc? No brainer.

    The most recent smartphone marketshare report shows that RIM and Android are the ones gaining this quarter, not Apple.
     
  11. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    Actually, the suggestion under discussion is that android is going to crush everyone else. The section of your post that I've bolded pretty well identifies your intent in this discussion, and it rhymes with "bowl."
     
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    Point out where in this thread it states that Apple will cripple everyone. The fact is that a lot of OSes (i.e. OSX and Android) are stepping their game up and a lot of others are falling short.

    As far as manufactuers go: Apple, HTC, dare I say Motorola (the droid just doesn't do it for me but it can't be denied as a good device) are beating out a lot of the competiton. RIM just hasn't come up with anything worthwhile lately, Palm's latest lost luster after it came out (more hype from videos of it then the actual product) and Nokia and Sony Ericsson come out with generally the same items give or take a few bells and whistles, and a James Bond price tag ( I am curious about Sony's latest and it's ability to implement Android).
     
  13. str1f3 macrumors 68000

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    I disagree with the idea that smartphones like the iPhone are dumbed down for the average users. It is what an excellent UI is supposed to do. The best UI is a simplified, minimalistic interface while the technical aspects of the software are hidden. The problem that many of these phones that haven't been 'dumbed down' is that they don't make these things easy for the end user to use. They're designed by engineers essentially for engineers. It is why it's not only the average Joe using the iPhone but rather a wide range of people choose to use it who also happen to be extremely tech-savvy. Most people want their phones to just accomplish the task they want it to do and aren't necessarily concerned with extra features they rarely use. I think it's a testament to the iPhone UI that you see YouTube videos of two-year olds using it and not a detriment.



    That being said one could argue that the iPhone is lacking in features (such as 3rd party multitasking) and it is here that Apple has dumbed down the device. I partially agree but don't think it's necessarily the case. Firstly, I think that the 1st and second generations won't be able to multitask due to lack of RAM and Apple will wait 'til original 3G users are out of contract to upgrade the OS next year. Secondly, I think Apple likes to take their time in order for them to deliver what may be, in their minds, the perfect solution. An example of this is copy/paste. It took them forever to do it but many consider it the best implementation on a smartphone.

    Because Symbian is going nowhere and Android will eventually crush it. Their market share is rapidly declining and have reported huge losses. I'd be surprised in 10 years if Nokia is still making their own software. I think that they will will eventually be a hardware maker (and may be the best at it) for Android. People think that Android as an iPhone killer and I don't think so. I think it's a WinMo/Palm/Symbian killer.
     
  14. samcraig thread starter macrumors P6

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    Interesting to consider is that some manufactures have ownership of their OS. As in there's no competition amongst that OS.

    RIM and Apple, for example, both have devices which have unique OS and therefor no competition WITHIN their family.

    Android clearly has competition within their family. And this is a good thing as it will promote advancements amongst the phone manufacturers as they try to gain marketshare. Darwinism will indeed play a role. This is really the only place one could use the term "killer"

    Then, of course, as the article suggests - there's competition and marketshare amongs the different platforms.
     
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    LOL at Android gaining share, where is the data for this.
     
  17. BergerFan macrumors 68020

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    "Now wait a minute. This isn't some OS that was wiped out by a stock market crash, or the fall of a superpower. Windows Mobile had their shot, and the consumers selected them, for extinction."
    :D
     

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