Re: Strange Article
@AC, You make exactly the point in the article - Apple revisionism - You seem to "remember" that the original iPhone was amazing,
The problem is that I do remember it as amazing because we used to discuss it down the pub and were busy fondling a friends new iPhone. I remember having same conversations with friends working at Sun who hated Apple on a point of principle. Anyone who actually played with one and bought one loved it.
Which is why it succeeded.
We didn't care about the camera, or the lack of whatever G everyone else was up to, we looked purely at the UI and decided that, yeah, it was amazing.
Remember the woeful battery on the iPhone - it was an article on El Reg that actually suggested that the battery was so bad because Apple never expected people to engage with the phone as much as they did.
If journalists had actually bothered to listen to anyone outside their own dark spheres they would have been told "this thing is brilliant". If anyone had told Nokia, Microsoft and RIM how good the iPhone was - they wouldn't all be nursing some broken business plans.
And here's why I am right - Apple came from nowhere in phones - where are they now? 50m phones per quarter! Apple did not do that by having a bad product. It was good, the buyers told their friends, it expanded real quick.
Please do not tell me that selling 1m iPhones in the first quarter (or whatever it was) was bad either. Most businesses would kill for such sales.