iPhone competition

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ukor, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. ukor macrumors newbie

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    The recent Helio post highlights an interesting point, how will the other cell phone companies respond to the iPhone and how quickly will Apple feel the need to respond back with new features etc.

    The cell phone market is extremely competitive with very quick product cycles.

    Will Apple be able to wait 6 or 12 months to release new features and models?
     
  2. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Just some random thoughts... which could change tomorrow :)

    I think Apple isn't about competing on a grand scale. They just want to carve out a steady niche high-end non-subsidized market.

    There are too many other phones with more features, that are subsidized as well, to compete on hardware alone.

    The effect on the touch UI of other phones has been less than expected / desired. Nobody rushed to bring out their touch-only concept phones. HTC has made a weak effort with their TouchFlo front end. But the majority of UI changes have come from user programmers instead.

    Other phones, even touch oriented, continue to include desirable dedicated buttons for comms control, answer/hangup, camera. The iPhone will have to eventually give in and do the same... but I think for the moment Jobs is attempting a repeat of the Mac "you don't need any cursor keys with a mouse" thing.
     
  3. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Are the product cycles really that quick? I'm genuinely asking. I see people still buying what is essentially (i.e. for most people/purposes) the same RAZR from 2+ years ago.
     
  4. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Figures. As soon as I say something like that, somebody shows off another concept phone. This article includes a video of it in a display case.

    KDDI Actface phone

    The flowing background motion display on this phone is more what I had originally expected from Apple on the iPhone, btw. Something artistic and animated, instead of the boring and all too common matrix of fairly static icons that it actually came with.
     
  5. w00tme macrumors member

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    wow.. sign me up for one of those.
     
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    More shots of its three touchscreens, plus some more concept phones:

    Actface, Pebble phone, and others

    Notice the cool thing about the bottom inside touchscreen... it has actual buttons, but they're transparent bumps so you can sort of see through them! Clever!!
     
  7. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    You mean something that will eat your battery alive? I do not want animated icons or backgrounds at te sacrifice of battery life. If I want something more artistic I'll skin my phone.

    Someone will write a hack to run an animated background, just like they did with OSX, just like they did in the past with OSX themes. The all you will need to do is run a bunch of transparent icons and life will be good.

    I do like that Cocoon though.
     
  8. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Spoil sport. Besides, it's too late. iPhone already has useless but fun animations :D

    Might as well remove the WiFi, LCD backlight, and speaker while we're into power conservation. :p

    Seriously, yes, perhaps something like e-paper (digital ink) for the control panel. No power required once the button display is set.
     
  9. lilnyc macrumors 6502a

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    That thing looks like a long Razr with an animated background. To me, that's dull.

    No phone compares to the iPhone's "wow" factor to me. All links to so-called comparable phones are freaking laughable so far.
     
  10. megfilmworks macrumors 68020

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    I think it will be a very interesting market. Apple has forced the hand of the other big players. We will be the winners of this new competition.
     

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