to bgj7,, the little touches do help the consumer a lot, even tho they do not consider it big at the time as in this instance yesterday.. On qvc channel they had a laptop on,,yet without switching it on at all you pressed a button on the side and it lit up if you are in a wi-fi hotspot..So instead of booting up the whole laptop and finding that you cannot get a wi-fi signal just that simple switch idea can help the end user wasted time and battery.You stated about the orange aeroplane flying onto screen to show airplane mode just a litle simple extra effort makes things so much easier even tho its not the biggest invention ever
Time magazine named Iphone invention of the yuear, NOT the N95:
Stop. I mean, don't stop reading this, but stop thinking what you're about to think. Or, O.K., I'll think it for you:
The thing is hard to type on. It's too slow. It's too big. It doesn't have instant messaging. It's too expensive. (Or, no, wait, it's too cheap!) It doesn't support my work e-mail. It's locked to AT&T. Steve Jobs secretly hates puppies. And—all together now—we're sick of hearing about it! Yes, there's been a lot of hype written about the iPhone, and a lot of guff too. So much so that it seems weird to add more, after Danny Fanboy and Bobby McBlogger have had their day. But when that day is over, Apple's iPhone is still the best thing invented this year. Why? Five reasons:
1. The iPhone is pretty
Most high-tech companies don't take design seriously. They treat it as an afterthought. Window-dressing. But one of Jobs' basic insights about technology is that good design is actually as important as good technology. All the cool features in the world won't do you any good unless you can figure out how to use said features, and feel smart and attractive while doing it.
An example: look at what happens when you put the iPhone into "airplane" mode (i.e., no cell service, WiFi, etc.). A tiny little orange airplane zooms into the menu bar! Cute, you might say. But cute little touches like that are part of what makes the iPhone usable in a world of useless gadgets. It speaks your language. In the world of technology, surface really is depth.
2. It's touchy-feely
apple didn't invent the touchscreen. Apple didn't even reinvent it (Apple probably acquired its much hyped multitouch technology when it snapped up a company called Fingerworks in 2005). But Apple knew what to do with it. Apple's engineers used the touchscreen to innovate past the graphical user interface (which Apple helped pioneer with the Macintosh in the 1980s) to create a whole new kind of interface, a tactile one that gives users the illusion of actually physically manipulating data with their hands—flipping through album covers, clicking links, stretching and shrinking photographs with their fingers.
This is, as engineers say, nontrivial. It's part of a new way of relating to computers. Look at the success of the Nintendo Wii. Look at Microsoft's new Surface Computing division. Look at how Apple has propagated its touchscreen interface to the iPod line with the iPod Touch. Can it be long before we get an iMac Touch? A TouchBook? Touching is the new seeing.
3. It will make other phones better
jobs didn't write the code inside the iPhone. These days he doesn't dirty his fingers with 1's and 0's, if he ever really did. But he did negotiate the deal with AT&T to carry the iPhone. That's important: one reason so many cell phones are lame is that cell-phone-service providers hobble developers with lame rules about what they can and can't do. AT&T gave Apple unprecedented freedom to build the iPhone to its own specifications. Now other phone makers are jealous. They're demanding the same freedoms. That means better, more innovative phones for all.
4. It's not a phone, it's a platform
when apple made the iphone, it didn't throw together some cheap-o bare-bones firmware. It took OS X, its full-featured desktop operating system, and somehow squished it down to fit inside the iPhone's elegant glass-and-stainless-steel case. That makes the iPhone more than just a gadget. It's a genuine handheld, walk-around computer, the first device that really deserves the name. One of the big trends of 2007 was the idea that computing doesn't belong just in cyberspace, it needs to happen here, in the real world, where actual stuff happens. The iPhone gets applications like Google Maps out onto the street, where we really need them.
And this is just the beginning. Platforms are for building on. Last month, after a lot of throat-clearing, Apple decided to open up the iPhone, so that you—meaning people other than Apple employees—will be able to develop software for it too. Ever notice all that black blank space on the iPhone's desktop? It's about to fill up with lots of tiny, pretty, useful icons.
5. It is but the ghost of iPhones yet to come
the iphone has sold enough units—more than 1.4 million at press time—that it'll be around for a while, and with all that room to develop and its infinitely updatable, all-software interface, the iPhone is built to evolve. Look at the iPod of six years ago. That monochrome interface! That clunky touchwheel! It looks like something a caveman whittled from a piece of flint using another piece of flint. Now imagine something that's going to make the iPhone look that primitive. You'll have one in a few years. It'll be very cool. And it'll be even cheaper.
its just a pda fone...id rather get an entertainment fone and pda than the iphone...
So if the N95 can be had for free and is such a great phone there should be lines of people going for it, but it is not the case, admit that Apple has introduced a new HIGHLY successful product and people are willing to pay for it top £ $ € like it or not this is the hard evidence.
By the way I am european, slim and the five Iphones I am bringing back for my european countryman.
£269 and an 18 month contract! Do you seriously want to line Steve Jobs's already bulging pockets????
forbes magazine say's can anyone catch the cellphone giant nokia , 1 billion customer's. Nokia is also on top of the list at gsm arena with apple at the bottom. Gsm arena say's apple of discord. N95 blow's away the iphone by a million miles.
> I am bringing back five for my friends in > Europe next week, how come nobody, I mean > nobody asked me to bring back an N95, and > with the low dollar it would be VERY
> convenient to buy it here in the U.S.
Perhaps this is because in Europe many of us can get our phones for free so why ask you to buy what can be had for free? For example in the UK if you want the N95 from 02 you can get it for free on the £30 tariff. This represents a £359 saving over the iPhone over an 18 month period (£269 + £90).
The pricing above is the standard O2 pricing from their website but you can get better deals from resellers or even from O2 themselves if you talk to them. You also have the huge plus of not being stuck with only O2 as a choice of carrier and you can get different deals from different carriers and their resellers. With the iPhone it looks like the pricing is fixed until Apple say otherwise.
well it may have done well in the land of sowercrout and leader hosen , but sorry guys uk I-phone = I-flop.
as i said just wait , the mark II will be amazing and probably be up to the standard of us european GSM users .
Its very unusual to get everything right on there first attempt at an alien market .
the handset is gorgeous i didn't deny that , the price is beyond belief and for what you get for your hard earned cash is nice ...although you have to part with a little more of it than i would be comfortable .
1 reason people of america are so excited about this phone is, because american had never been exposed to good phones outside of america hahaha
This is the tough reality for the Apple haters :
FRANKFURT -(Dow Jones)- T-Mobile, the mobile services arm of Deutsche Telekom AG (DT), said Friday it has sold more than 10,000 of Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhones on the first day of sale so far in Germany.
Customers bought the phones via the company's shops or on the internet, T- Mobile said.
"The company is well prepared to further meet high demand for the iPhones," T- Mobile said in a statement.
Speaking on television Thursday, the company's Chief Executive Rene Obermann said that its possible demand in Germany for iPhones during the Christmas sales season may outstrip supply.
Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile unit has exclusive sales rights for the trendy cellular phone in Germany.
Sales also started in the U.K. Friday, with Europe's largest mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse PLC (CPW.LN) expecting to sell 10,000 iPhones on the first day of sale in the U.K.
Company Web site: www.telekom3.de
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I have never seen people lining up for the N95, but you see the Apple stores in the U.S. with people lining up at the cashiers with the Iphones on their hands, and they are limiting only two per customer, and now in Germany and the UK, sorry Apple
haters, you will have to eat your liver, this is a VERY successful product, I am bringing back five for my friends in Europe next week, how come nobody, I mean nobody asked me to bring back an N95, and with the low dollar it would be VERY convenient to buy it here in the U.S. , keep on writing no 3G, no bluetooth file transfer and so on
but PEOPLE do not care and buy the Iphone !
Impartial advice :
here is your Iflop
T-Mobile has announced that it has sold more than 10,000 iPhones so far in the first day of sales.
They won't release a new iPhone that quickly - otherwise they will probably be forced into another rebate like what happened with their price drop in the States.
When the second iPhone comes out - it probably won't be until Q3 or Q4 of next year. There will only be a mad rush for the second generation if this initial release totally flops.
look everybody MKII is going to blow everyones socks off, they wouldn't give you every thing in MKI or they'd never sell MKII simple basic marketing that all of us adhere to in incredibly predictable fasion. patients is a vertue......the time will come.
Keep the Receipt that n95, because very soon you will Return it..I had n95 too, i sold it, because nokia made very cheap materials and loose slider..Also, if you follow it, n95 will restart 2-3 times every day by it self..Sorry
tonight the launch of the i-phone in the uk or should i say i-flop , an amazing device i admit i was a complete sceptic untill i held the blessed beast btween my chumbby little digits . this thing rules the cost however doesn't ..... i hope apple come out on top they rule
And by the comment from CPW man below, it sounds like they have already stumbled at the first hurdle - no one even wants to buy the scabby iPhone courtesy of its excessive price tag and the greedy strategy of making it "exclusive" to a single network.
This has already backfired on Apple and it is alarming that their risk management teams didn't foresee the huge demand for unlocking, and the fact that it might, has and IS happening, losing vast amounts of the very one thing they were betting on with the "exclusive" contracts: profits.
The iPhone is quickly turning into a joke - it's the PS3 of the mobile world, only with technology that is as dated as it's overdue name.
There were warnings that the iPhone wouldn't sell well in Europe (lack of 3G and operator autonomy being two major drawbacks) - and it looks like this prediction has come true in the most farcically embarrassing way possible.
Plus, if you think all those people on the news were queuing up to buy an iPhone, you need to look more into PR. Most of them were probably employed by apple to sensationalise and make the iPhone look about a million times more popular than the failure it has already turned out to be - in the hope that sheep syndrome might catch on.
Apple should have studied Tesco's ethos on selling popular goods - no one wants to buy a flawed apple...