Why is the iphone so sucessful? Your reasons, please help me for school

wakeborder556

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Hi, I am due to give an informative speech next week about the reasons for iPhone popularity/success. If you could give your reasons and opinions that would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Mitch
 

jayenh

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Nov 13, 2008
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add brand power and marketing to your list. just the apple logo attracts a lot of people because they are perceived to be a "cool" brand, like nike is to sports wear, thanks to product placement in TV/movies. it seems like 90% of the american tv shows that get aired in the uk all have the entire cast using iphones, imacs and macbooks.
 

VulchR

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For me a lot of it boils down to having user-friendly apps that can interact with the world external to the phone. So, it's not just 'there's an app for that' but 'there's an app for that that is teamed up with WiFi/Bluetooth/phone protocol/GPS/compass/accelerometer/microphone/camera'.
 

rdowns

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Any speech that doesn't mention fart apps couldn't possibly get more than a C.
 

archipellago

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because..

1/ The bright people are outnumbered by a massive factor by stupid ones.

2/ we live in a world where style/appearance is deemed more important than quality

3/ Lying but believeable and clever marketing.

just 3 points that spring immediately to mind...
 

Mademan12321

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Loyalist of apple who would follow apple to hell and back for apple products - They buy anything apple and will never relinquish there hold on buying products from them. It's like that with Mercedes, Sony, Toyota, ETC.

The App Store - Easily one of the biggest reasons of its massive success. It has well over 100,000 applications available. There were others who have released it and maybe some who were first but the app store on other phones are more of an after though or playing catch up.

Ipod piggybacking
 

NorrisKillsKids

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- The OS, it's intuitive, smooth as butter, easy to use, and gets the job done
- Lots of apps for everybody and for everything
- phone itself is designed well
- ipod integration
 

ajones46

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One of the main reasons for me is syncing with iTunes. I don't know how much money I have invested in iTunes and I'm not going to switch to another phone and lose all my music + videos (or be forced to buy an iPod, but who wants 2 devices?)
 

jman240

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For me its the non-carrier branding. Meaning it's my iPhone, not AT&T's, meaning i don't see ATT every time I start it up, I don't have ATT's logos all over the friggin place, nor their damn media net rip off, nor anything else other than their carrier logo letting me know I'm connected.

It was the first phone to do this. Ever. All phones come from the manufacturer with a standard OS created by that manufacturer (think Motorola Razr) and then once they get to the carrier they are rebranded and sometimes have a custom built OS installed. The same Razr 2 from 3 difference carriers will have 3 different feature sets all the way down to Verizon disabling bluetooth file transfers between razr's because they want to force you to use their MMS (not even email). Bad example since iPhone bluetooth is a bit locked down but you get the idea. They also make you buy $30 data cables to get the crappy pictures off your razr.

The biggest thing I think was that you had much more direct control. You could activated it at home (bring this back please), you could put music, movies, and pictures on it without complicated carrier / phone specific software and you could get pictures you took off the damn thing without paying for the crappy carrier software and data cable. After owning several cell phones this was an awesome deal. Of course, the huge (at the time) touchscreen, "full" web site access, nice email and "cheap" data connected made this a must have device for a lot of frustrated people. They took the phone from being a little annoying communication device to something you use for pleasure and that is where the paradigm shift came in. Now we have tons of copy cats that are in some ways just as good but probably wouldnt exist if not for the iPhone.

You may want to read this article to really see why:
The Untold Story: How the iPhone Blew Up the Wireless Industry:
http://www.wired.com/gadgets/wireless/magazine/16-02/ff_iphone?currentPage=1
 

CocoaPuffs

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Aug 23, 2008
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Posting a single sentence question in a blog as research question?

Somehow I don't think you will do well in this speech or class.
 

Knowlege Bomb

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Do your own homework

Sincerely,

Your teacher
Posting a single sentence question in a blog as research question?

Somehow I don't think you will do well in this speech or class.
I don't understand either of you.

He's conducting research by questioning probably the most knowledgable group of people on the subject. Is that not doing his own homework?

And this isn't a blog, as much as some people might think it is. It's a forum and forums are used for discussion. I'm pretty sure his intent was to discuss the subject rather than "blog" about his having to give a speech.

Anyway. The "touch and go" aspect of iPhone OS is what keeps me hitched. I've attempted using several phones after my original iPhone and having to dig through sub-menus to find the alarm clock or the calculator gets to be a bit tedious.
 

rdowns

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I don't understand either of you.
I guess I'm old school and think the OP ought to be searching for and reading the millions of articles, blogs and forum posts about the iPhone and its success, not asking a bunch of forum users.
 

CocoaPuffs

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I don't understand either of you.
I won't go into the effectiveness of a speech using blog as source, which can easily be dismissed as unreliable. However, if OP was serious about his inquiry, he would have at least expanded his question as oppose to a "lazy" simple sentence.

How usable do you really think the response will be from his lack of effort? Therefore I can easily discount his ability to complete this speech and the class.
 

Knowlege Bomb

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I guess I'm old school and think the OP ought to be searching for and reading the millions of articles, blogs and forum posts about the iPhone and its success, not asking a bunch of forum users.
That's not really an "old school" school of thought. Researching in books and periodicals is actually required by most educational institutions. But if he has the chance to add to that research by getting the opinions of actual people, I don't see the issue.

If he were to find something on Gizmodo that explained all of the awesome things about the iPhone, he could use that and cite it but where would he go if he had a question about one of the features mentioned? Email Gizmodo and ask them to forward it to the author of the article? This forum is an excellent source of information and although there's people who'd rather deliver witty remarks in every thread, somebody is always willing to help.
 

Knowlege Bomb

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I won't go into the effectiveness of a speech using blog as source, which can easily be dismissed as unreliable. However, if OP was serious about his inquiry, he would have at least expanded his question as oppose to a "lazy" simple sentence.

How usable do you really think the response will be from his lack of effort? Therefore I can easily discount his ability to complete this speech and the class.
why would anyone want to help someone that's obviously not putting in the effort for his/her own work?
How do you know this is the only effort he's put into this paper?

Maybe he's already got a graduate-level thesis written up from research he's conducted at other sources and is going for extra credit by adding quotes from people who actually have experienced the subject being discussed.

I don't know the OP. I just get tired of people being so quick to criticize and demean without knowing anything about somebody.

Would you have answered differently if had omitted the fact that he was doing research for a speech?
 

rdowns

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Yet another thread that proves MacRumors members will argue about anything. :D