The iPhone is like an appliance

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by CSpackler, May 14, 2011.

  1. CSpackler macrumors regular


    Jun 22, 2010
    On a plane
    I'm reading a lot of posts wondering why the iPhone is still popular despite the rise of superior mobile technology, dual core processors, OLED screens and other whiz-bang features.

    Here is your answer: The iPhone works like an appliance.

    It's like my washer and dryer or oven. When I want to cook or clean, they always just work. They don't crash, lag or give me a strange error message. I set the burner to medium and never worry about the flame going out or a carbon monoxide leak. In the winter, I trust that my furnace will keep the house at 68. I don't care how many BTUs it has so long as it keeps me warm. A licensed expert installed it so it has as many BTUs as it needs.

    In the same way, when I open my email on the iPhone or send a text message or do one of any other hundred things on it, it doesn't crash, lag or give me a strange error message. The amount of RAM it has or whether its dual core makes no difference. It's like setting a dial and knowing your clothes will be dry an hour later, or your dinner will be cooked or your house will be warm.

    Apple figured out that most people treat electronics like appliances. They'll pay a little extra and enjoy it more if the user experience is effective, consistent and easy... like an appliance!

    Like an appliance, the iPhone just works.
  2. JD914, May 14, 2011
    Last edited: May 14, 2011

    JD914 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    Dutchess County NY
    That was a well thought out post :rolleyes:
  3. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK

    It's not like appliances ever go wrong or anything...
  4. Simbazz macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2010
    Lancashire, England
    I was gunna say you've hit the nail on the head OP, but apparently not so these two think.

    Yes, Appliances do break, but its usually due to wear and tear rather than anything else.

    I agree, the iPhone just works.
  5. JD914 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    Dutchess County NY
    the iPhone just works.

    I'm totally dumbfounded :rolleyes:
  6. dickdaney macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2009
  7. Jhingha macrumors regular


    Feb 28, 2011
    Lol, I kinda agree

    U should send this to apple for a new commercial.
  8. SeaChange macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    I need a bigger(screen), higher capacity(storage) iPhone then.
  9. Goldinboy17 macrumors 65816


    Jun 21, 2010
    San Francisco, Ca
    I was thinking the same thing. I want to see the commercial.
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    funny, I have had my iphone lag and lockup in the past. In my pre-iphone days, I can't recall any sorts of issues like that
  11. IrishVixen macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2010
    Funny, I'm thinking the same thing. It "just works"--unless I plug it in to iTunes, which routinely screws it up, or when I want to upload a doc or photo to Apple's own iDisk, or I want ad-free browsing and real tabs in mobile Safari, or...

    Don't get me wrong, it's a great device, and I love mine in spite of the flaws. But it's not the miracle the OP is suggesting. And neither are appliances nowadays, as any competent repair person can attest. Of course, they'll charge you for the privilege, at $150 an hour. LOL
  12. From A Buick 8 macrumors 68040

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Not only do they just work, but the play very well with my iMac, iPad and apple TV. All of my music, movies and TV shows share and work with zero issues, I can spend my time using the devices for their intended purpose and not constantly tweaking them ( unless I want too :D).
  13. jman800 macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2008
    This is the reason why I switched to iOs from Android.

    Android works great, for the first 6 months, then has a steady decline into bugs, freezes and other problems.

    The iPhone very well may do the same, but considering it's been working without a hitch so far, I'm okay with it.

    This "Stability" of the OS is enough for me to give the up the customization factor of the Android OS.
  14. asdfx3 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2010
    Something can be easy to use and more polished than it's competition without having to be compared to an appliance.
    iPhone's are very smooth, intuitive, and stable when compared to a full fledged PC, but finicky, fragile, and complex when compared to a toaster or an oven. The iPhone was actually my first smartphone and I annoyed after the first few weeks because I'd notice lag, problems syncing, or whatever else that you don't expect when coming from a truly "just works" dumb-phone and the hype.

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