Sunday, November 15, 2009

iPhone pillars of dominance, part 2: A revolutionary Phone

When the iPhone was introduced by Steve Jobs back in 2007, he
demonstrated a few things no other telephone could do.

On top of the list of iNovations is of course visual voicemail. This
ability to look trough your voicemail as if they were a playlist of
songs was a specific colaboration and joint effort between Apple and
AT&T. Visual voicemail implementation on the iPhone is made easier
because of the large touch screen. Bbut that's not the key.
Because of the overall value of the iPhone to the AT&T, they deemed
economicaly justified to invest in developing of a feature that will be
used by only one of the handsets on it's network. Visual voicemail is
described by many as enough reason not to switch from iPhone to the
Droid or other smarthphone that does not have it.
For any other device to have visual voicemail, it would need to be
either as valuable to the iPhone or to follow in it's footsteps on a
carrier that has allready introduced it.

Back in 2007, Jobs also demonstrated how easy a conference call can
be, almost effortless. This is one feature that is often not used by
other smarthone users just because there is too a steep of a learning curve.

The ability of the iPhone to make a call while doing other activities,
such as sending a mail or browsing the web, is only just now becoming
available on other smartphones. Some like the Droid can only take
advantage of it while in WiFi coverage.

One other thing the iPhone introduced that changed how people use
their phones is contact management. This ability to have all your
contacts with you, easily within reach has recently been surprased to
some extend by rival smarthphones like the Palm Pre or the Motorola
Droid. These handsets now offer greater contact integration from
social network sources and over the air sync. However, seing how Apple
has always delivered new features as an software update, this slight
advantage will not last for long.

A camera equiped phone. There was an interesting comparison resently
of photos takes by the 5 MP camera of the Droid vs the 3 MP camera of
the iPhone. The later photos were crearly supperior in quality and the
iPhone was much quicker in taking the photos. The camera is a very
good example of finely tuned software and hardware by Apple and the
statistics show. The iPhone is #1 camera phone on flickr... by far. The iPhone is again redefining the megapixel myth

Just like the normal camera, the iPhone reinvented how a phone photo
management app should work. While many have copied this specific
experience, the multi-touch controls and responsivness of the iPhone
still give it an edge.

As a phone, nothing is more important that call quality and signal coverage.
Here the iPhone pioneered the ability to be used all over the world.
Only since the N97 has Nokia matched this in a similar hyped device
and other buzz smarthphones like the Palm Pre and the Motorola Droid
are still starting out as region specific models.
While the original iPhone had many complaining about it being not loud
enough, the latest model has brought it up to speed with highest

The other realy revolutionary feature the iPhone introduced was the onscreen
virtual keyboard. While some may argue that because virtual keyboards
were there before it is only evolutionary development, but I think reality
proves that to be an understatement. The iPhone keyboard offered from
day one something other software keyboards did not 2 years later.
These are responsiveness and predictive text. The fist was enabled
trough the very sensitive capacitive screen with multi-touch controls,
while the second was a result of some advanced programing algorithms. What other device allows you to press up to 5 on screen characters at a time?

Even tough other have copied the layout of the keys to a large extent,
Apple has expanded it's lead here by enabling advanced multy language
support. This feature took years to introduce fully but now the iPhone
is the only truly international device. This alone sets it apart from
any device with buttons and way ahead of other touchscreen
competitors. The iPhone has really proved that software keyboard can
be a practical sunstitute for a hardware one and even offer many
unique advantages over it.

The iPhone 3GS can also be used by people with disabilities, offering advanced touch to speech, screen zoom and high contrast options across all its apps. These advanced features are enabled trough multitouch and advanced software, an investments no other company can afford to make and offer at no additional cost. The iPhone is probably the only other affordable smarthphone that can do that.

The iPhone is still a revolutionary Phone. It offers seamless services
integration and unique features such as: visual voicemail, call
multitasking, great camera and photo management apps, advanced
software keyboard, touch to speech, zoom and full iternational support and coverage. These
will take years to come togather in another device. While other
handsets may differentiate themselves with better contact integration
with some cloud services, that features will take Apple only months to

The only reason not to consider the iPhone as your next phone is when you live in an area not reliably covered by the carrier offering the device.

Sent from my iPhone

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