Re: the first iPhone was laughable by European (ie: Nokia) standards
The idea that products succeed or fail based on tick lists of features is absurd even if you ignore the motivation behind the list selection criteria.
Here's what most people used a phone for in 2007: calls, texts. Here's what they could do with an iPhone: calls, texts, the web. With a usable interface thanks to multi touch. And without sending you bankrupt because Apple strong armed the carriers into unlimited data.
What is laughable is the preceding interfaces for the web, full of modality and fixed-level zooms and web pages reduced to the system font, and the idea that people would pay 50p/mb for the privilege.
Apple opened the door, Google charged through it.