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Replying to:  Whatev, it's no Instinct! by japhy   Jul 14, 2008, 5:28 PM

Clarification: I was being sarcastic

by japhy    Jul 15, 2008, 9:53 AM

The instinct is a great phone - no one should question this. It does have a number of features that the iPhone doesn't (removable battery among the most significant) as well as some features (touchscreen, carrier) that are much more subjective. Both the iPhone & Instinct are steeped in proprietary restriction, so there's not a lot of difference in terms of choice. There's plenty of ways in which the Instict could be considered by an individual a superior phone.

But let's be realistic - the Instinct is a Zune.

It's an imitation of an innovative & popular product, copying a number of the features, adding some others, but ultimately bringing nothing new. The Instinct will be remembered next year as "last year's phone" by most, standing in the shadow of the Samsung Omnia or some other unknown feature phone that leaves the Instinct in the dust. Like the Zune (which is a great piece of hardware, and not horrible software), the Instinct is just trying to encroach upon marketshare dominated by the innovator - in both cases, Apple.

Regardless of how dismissive one seeks to be of "fanboyism", and regardless of the problematic nature of their strategy to consumers, Apple has created a brand loyalty & reputation that is unmatched in any of the industries they work in.

The iPhone only continues this. True, there are a number of features missing (copy/paste, A2DP, MMS, etc), but it's not unreasonable to assume that those features will eventually be added. How many other phones have received software/fireware updates as expansive as the iPhone? None. The Instinct is dead from a developmental standpoint - you'll never be able to do anything with the phone that you can't already do. The iPhone, however, not only has an exploding developer community, but will have a number of firmware updates as times goes on that will undoubtedly expand the capabilities of the phone. It is, in many ways, already on par with Windows Mobile & Palm in terms of applications available, and the Enterprise functions are just getting started.

The iPhone is a Rorschach - you're gonna like it or you're going to not. Focusing on petty things like no MMS or the proprietary lockins (which every other phone also has to some degree or another, though with Open Moko & Android, this won't be true for long) and ignoring how it changes the industry is shortsighted.

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