This afternoon Google will finally announce its mobile offering. But while Google may make a better job of trumpeting its entry into the branded phone market, the Nexus One will never be as successful as the iPhone. Three years ago, your correspondent wrote that the iPhone, which didn’t even have a name at the time, would fail, …
The iPhone's not been a success - I've not bought one.
The phone may not be the thing
Looking at how many people use phones these days it seems that voice capability is not as important because they mostly text on the things.
Not just the iPhone
That pretty much describes how I use my Nokia too- mostly texting is my first choice, as it's nicely asynchronous.
I will answer (most) calls I get, but only make outgoing calls when either I need to phone a company, or the person that I want to communicate with writes texts in LOLCat (which my extremely literate mother does, for no readily apparent reason- I'm still not sure why).
Phone calls are just insistent and intrusive, I like texting a great deal more- and if you're out and about, it's consierably more private than bellowing down the phone, too.
Eventually, Apple will lose
It won't be a success on AT&T's network because they won't touch anything that isn't an iPhone. Just remember, the iPhone is one device made by one manufacturer and operating on one network in the USA. There are other networks here and as long as Android is available on different phones and different networks, but numbers alone, it will eventually eclipse the iPhone. Not everyone is in love with everything "apple flavored".
of course not
Google does not have an irrational,rabid cultist following that will buy whatever comes out of their prophets divine factories.
I am so glad
That finally Google showed its real face and starts selling its Nexus. Now that the fanbois and the google goons both have an American enemy to battle, they will start leaving the rest of the world in peace.
So we are all getting stupid and don't want choice?
"today's mobile-phone buyer cares more about simplicity than freedom"
Not sure I buy this. I think the biggest lie Apple and their cohorts of Fanbois sold the world is that suddenly everybody who had a phone for years couldn't use physical buttons and simple select/back menus and had lost their ability to vaguely remember which menu held what items ... so we just remove all the functionality and tell people that sexy simlicity is what you *actually* want and not functionality ... even multi-tasking is so last year!
apps, apps, apps
this is where google will fail - too many versions of android, very fragmented, too much for an end user