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The Nexus One: A Non-Story

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Over the weekend the rumors of a Google Phone were confirmed in the guise of the whimsically named Nexus One. It’s an unbranded HTC-made carrier-unlocked handset running Android 2.0, and it looks lovely. And already articles have popped-up examining its various (rumored) features and, naturally, pondering when we can buy one for ourselves.

Why is the first thought we have when we see a new mobile phone whether we should consider switching?

Admit it — when you look at a friend’s mobile phone you automatically run through a series of questions in the back of your mind. My standard set include “Does it look good?” and “Does it have a nice UI?” (Of course, certain conditions, if met, automatically remove the phone from consideration; such as “Oh, it’s a clamshell…” and “What are those hard nobbly plasticky things? Keys, you say?”)

We do the same with desktop computers. In an airport lounge or coffee shop I feel a certain sort of infallible pride when cracking open my MacBook. After all, everyone knows those are great machines, right? Yet I still look at the other machines around me and run through my mental checklist. It’s crazy how insecure I am, how much I need to be sure my laptop doesn’t suck.

Operating Systems, too, get the same appraisal. We can’t help it. Every new release of Mac OS X gets compared with the latest version of Windows. There’s every good reason to do this if you regularly use both platforms. If you only Tweet, update Facebook or watch hilarious kittens on YouTube, what does it matter that the paltform you don’t own and don’t need just got an upgrade?

Of course, Geeks will always do this comparison of technologies — it’s in our DNA, we can’t help ourselves. But there’s a problem; our technophilic tendencies leak over into the world of the Normals.

Is Y the New X?

We use our iPhones and Kindles to scan the tech press and follow geek–lists on Twitter, while Normals, on the other hand, read dead-tree newspapers and don’t know what Twitter is. But look at the so-called “Technology” columns in those newspapers (you know, where sidebars helpfully explain the meaning of words like “touchscreen” and “3G”) and you’ll notice that they’re forever comparing gadgets, computers, OS’s and websites. Trust me, no daily newspaper “technology” columnist genuinely believes their readers care about the differences between Twitter and BrightKite. Less so the differences between Snow Leopard and Windows 7. Strangely, that doesn’t stop them writing about it.

They’re just reading select blogs in the tech community and writing their own carbon copy equivalents of what they find there. It’s to be expected, for here in Geektown technology comparions are part of the landscape. But we are taking it too far. Particularly in asking that assinine question, “Is Y the new X?”

The Nexus One is generating a lot of (quite unnecessary) buzz and if you haven’t already stumbled upon the YX question, you very soon will — “Is the Nexus the real iPhone killer?”

I say it’s nonsense. In time we’ll see detailed teardowns of the Nexus, and while geeks will compare its screen and processor to other handsets, mainstream media hacks will salivate over the possibility that here, finally, at last! we have a phone to beat the iPhone. It’s a silly pursuit.

The Nexus One. A handsome phone, but not an iPhone Killer. (Image by Engadget)

It took almost three years, but manufacturers are fast catching-up to the iPhone. Bewildering, however, the press coverage of smartphones — driven to hysteria in 2007 with the launch of the iPhone — is almost entirely focused on finding an iPhone killer. It’s the same false-dichotomy we would ridicule if, say, Nissan’s next family five-door were hailed as “the Ford killer.” Ridiculous, right? After all, they’re both essentially just cars. Strip away the optional GPS and gravity-defying cup-holders and they both have the same basic innards. This is true of the latest smartphones. They’re basically the same. True, smartphones used to be terrible, but that’s only because manufacturers were committed to cheap and easy business models and customers didn’t know they could demand something better. Apple decided to do something about that. It was a one-time shift in the mobile industry that will not happen again. The only phone that’s going to replace the iPhone is — predictably enough — the next iPhone. I can’t believe intelligent, insightful journalists and editors keep missing that point.

For every smartphone owner on the planet I’d wager there are a dozen more people with a dumb “feature” phone. Those people will never go out of their way to buy smartphones, but as the latest technology becomes cheaper, smaller and easier to manufacture, it will find its way into all handsets. One day, all phones will be smart. And most people will get there never caring which handset came first, was better than some other handset, or was considered a “killer.”

It doesn’t matter if it’s Mac vs. Windows, Bing vs. Google or iPhone vs. Android. Breathless reports along the lines of “X is here, and Y should be worried…” are almost always just white noise.

The Nexus One is a non-story. I wonder how long it will take everyone else to realize that.

58 Responses to “The Nexus One: A Non-Story”

  1. By saying something is “killed” you mean people stop using it? because in my opinion the iphone has already been surpassed. People just don’t want to let go after spending so much on it. Sorry to bring in my geekiness but it’s like world of warcraft, people are just hooked on it despite the fact that there are better games than it.

    • ArrowSmith

      When those 2-year contracts are up 50% of iPhone hostages will go to the Google phone or next-best Android phones. Guaranteed. However Apple still makes wonderful laptops, so they will continue to be quite profitable despite the hit on iPhones in 2011.

  2. Media hype is always silly. They’re trying to sell their product, so they hype.

    But yes, I think the Google phone has a really good chance at competing with the iPhone directly, for the following reasons:

    1. If it’s available on any network with better coverage than AT&T (like VZN), then that’s a huge plus.
    2. Google Voice and the ability to make VOIP calls over 3G/4G will be another huge plus.
    3. Seamless integration of GMail and Google Calendar could be huge for some people.

    The first two alone will make me look at switching. I’m not alone. Apple can fix both of those issues if they so choose.

  3. Well, that’s a fresh perspective on the subject. But a true one, anyway.

    I agree with you, it doesnt matter if it’s an iPhone killer on not, if it does the thing I need, I’ll buy it.

    I’m still using a Balcberry 8310 and I’m pretty sayisfied with it. There are newer models but iI don’t care. So, If the people who like iPhone won’t trade theirs, what does it matter?

    Like a true geek I’m interested in the in and out’s of the supposed google phone, but because of my gDNA.

  4. ok most ppl with iphones back then would brag how there phone as the best and it was So awesome and other crap not saying the iphone isn’t good cuz it is but the nexus one is So far ahead of the iphone 3gs specs its sad look them up just the fact it has an oled screen exchangeable battery 1300 bigger than the phones 2 mics one for speaking one in the back for noise cancellation and since it has the snapdragon Cpu!! that’s a 1 gig processor compared to the 600 meg processor In the iphone this article does have a point Tho That the iphone will go in history as first but there is no such thing as the next iphone being its own killer cuz ppl can leave the iphone my point is that if ppl like nexus and they leave the iphone that IS AN IPHONE KILLER! ppl don’t understand that plus the fact that this phone won’t be locked down to any carrier means more money for google and a bigger market share cuz think about it if u have many ppl lets say a million and 2 companies 1 company a with many options option 9,8,7,6 and th

    • use punctuation

      God, please use punctuation! I read 1 line and realized this moron has no idea how to properly write anything.
      How does anyone that writes like this get through life?

      oh and btw, iphones suck. Google Android rules. I use neither, just hate Apple.

  5. That’s funny. A “story about a non-story”. Obviously it has some significant merit and is certainly “buzz” worthy.

    The “Google Phone” is yet another decisive point in a huge mobile market share shift. First it will be;

    MS with an antiquated mobile OS, general negative consumer opinion and slow release cycle.

    Then RIM with a disappointing web browsing experience and a huge trend shift towards App Phones.

    Then most certainly iPhone with current it’s limitations such as lack of multi-tasking and single US carrier. This along with things that may change such as non-user replaceable battery, limited expandability, proprietary connector, ageing UI (functionality, not ease of use nor consistency) and rapidly aging hardware (screen and camera) will continue to hurt iPhone Market share as users are beginning to quickly expect more (go competition). There are also some issues that will almost certainly not change such as it’s closed platform and static (love it or hate it) form factor. In the current market, even the annual release of the iPhone may prove to be to slow. Things will change radically by June of next year. I’m curious what Apple will do.

    Here’s what everyone is contending with.

    1. Android has garnered a ton of attention from major industry players in a short period of time. Android is free, open source, and fully customizable mobile platform which makes it an extremely attractive platform for developers, manufacturers and users.

    2. Android is not locked to any particular hardware nor carrier platform. This all creates may options which consumers want. Proliferation and adoption will be much faster than the likes of RIM or iPhone can be.

    3. Android has made tremendous strides in improvements, functionality and ease of use in an extremely short period of time with no signs of slowing. Hopefully it will be manageable.

    4. There’s a huge shift toward cloud computing and Android is on the mobile forefront. Google Maps with Navigation and tight integration with web based services (obviously predominately Google at this point) are a couple of huge examples. This in my mind, is the biggest area in which Android will differentiate itself.

    5. Now there’s a platform which is the Google Phone that probably won’t be crippled or limited by the carriers nor hardware manufactures. All this to say, Nexus One should be on the fast track.

    I believe all of this is going to create some radical changes in market share in very short order.

    • It will be hard for 1 and 5 to coexist; hasn’t happened yet. So one or the other. 2 is related to 1 (relative to hardware mfr). With regard to carriers in 2, see 4 and my added 6 below.
      3 is true, but you wrote “hopefully”, so not a sure thing.
      If 4 leaves no room for others (carriers/mfrs/developers/ad networks) to profit, then those others will work to defeat Android/Google.
      6. Distribution of the handset has always been key to success (likely true about any product). Without carriers to push the Nexus, it will be very hard, even if they’re selling it on the internet and at Walmart.

      See for more depth.

  6. The iPhone has almost never led on hardware specs (cpu, camera, etc), and especially so in Dec/Jan (midway point between iPhone upgrades). So it’s hard for me to say that “mfrs are fast-catching up to the iPhone” when they were often ahead in the first place.

    The iPhone advantage has always been in the software that creates a smooth, responsive, mostly bug-free user experience. It’s quick where you would feel it if it was slow. On that score, Android, webOS, and all the others are still scuffling behind. Look at the reviews where a competitor phone is actually used and it’ll talk about lag or unresponsiveness or unexpected responses – usually the result of software not yet finished.

    Finally, given that software lag, I’d be hesitant to buy a handset and commit to a 2-year contract with termination penalty without waiting until June/July to see what the next iPhone change is. Especially since Apple bought PA Semi, Placebase, and lala, and the first fruits of all that should be arriving next year.

  7. The real issue is do you want a phone(h/w, OS, apps) from a single controlling company or a phone with multiple choices of h/w, open source O.S., apps from anyone ?

    Apple’s iPhone is a brilliant, well made and executed communications solution. BUT it is totally controlled by Apple. Android phones are made by the leading smart phone providers and can be “improved” by thousands of developers without approval from a central company.
    P.S. I own neither product at the moment…

  8. ihatefanboys

    of course it takes an apple blogger to write a totally apple centric and totally retarded article….to say that the only thing that can beat the iphone is another iphone is to live in denial that apple is crap. i suggest the writer of this article get a G1 or a droid…spend a week with it, and see if u ever pick up your iphone again…apple is a dying horse…to say its closed central minded system is the future and will continue to evolve is further devolving into lunacy..the reason fans of the ipod crap and the icant cant stop mouthing off about how great the iphone is, is because theyre nervous because android is not a non contender to the icant, but how much of a credible threat it really is…only the future will tell

  9. No matter how all the bloggers bash, complain about, diss, swear at, hold a funeral service for, and parody the iPhone, fact remains – there is plenty of happy, satisfied users out there, and it is just a matter of time it will overtake all Symbian phones (Symbian ATM is IMO about the worst touchscreen OS ever, and its popularity is currently dropping) and take the first place in the market share table. The iPhone killer is a mythical creature, and false prophets, aka random bloggers, claim it will come and redeem from the supposed evil of the iPhone, which is clear only to them. I wouldn’t go as far to say nobody can make a worthy competitor. But “killing” is such a thing, the iPhone is not likely to be discontinued, and thus it will stay “alive”. Things people love bring money and are not being discontinued. You can, theoretically, make a better phone, but you can not make a competitor (read: iPhone) worse. My prediction? Lots of Androids and WinMobiles are going to pop out of nowhere, and most will fall back to where they came from. Some of them will get really popular. But the iPhone line will keep evolving as well. Its market share is rising, and the release of yet another supposed “killer” has never changed that before, and is not likely to do in the (at least nearest) future. Nothing speaks for a change against Apple.

  10. The whole notion of an iPhone killer, while absolute journalistic hackery, is completely necessary. As has been proven time and again, competition drives down cost and spurs innovation. The point has been made here about the iPhone being an innovater in its ability to shake things up as far as what we’ve seen from previous smartphones, yet take a look at the original iPhone’s specs:

    While these specifications at the time were astounding, imagine if they were all there were! Imagine smartphones today not having full stereo Bluetooth, MMS support, support for 16GB of flash storage, or even 3G! All of these were a product of competitive models spurring changes in the iPhone software and then, ultimately hardware with the 3GS. I personally am an Android G1 user, I have seen all of the subsequent updates that have come out for the Android, all in the name of competition! The problem with fanboyism is that it produces short-sightedness! Calling the Nexus a “non-story” really highlights the ignorance of what Google is attempting to do–produce a smartphone that is neutral to network carrier models at an affordable (reported $200, $100 if you have an existing Google account) price. If you want to speak about a “one-time shift” in the mobile industry, I’m quite sure that this counts as one.

  11. I think the real story is in the potential for upsetting the carrier business model for the benefit of consumers and Google’s ad revenue. If the device is ‘good enough’ and Google manages to circumvent carrier lock then they’ll have a big winner.

    • Carrier lock is caused by different hardware standards in the US. There is no “good enough” because all the major cell phone companies have different hardware requirements. You can’t get around carrier lock with a single phone in the US because with current technology, a single phone can only fully work with one carrier.

      Motorola has just announced a chipset that will allow 3G on both AT&T and T-Mobile in the US but it isn’t available yet. Maybe in two years Google can start to upset the apple cart but it isn’t technically possible right now. And in two years, we will be talking LTE 4G not 3G so Moto’s chipset might be irrelevant anyway.

  12. I think this article misses the point entirely. The reason there is such a constant drumbeat of speculation about an “iPhone killer” is that consumers are CRAVING a worthy alternative to the iPhone.

    The iPhone pioneered the concept of a slick, swift, stylish, touch-based pocket computer. Unfortunately, the iPhone also carries the baggage of Apple’s business philosophy — it can’t multitask, it can only run apps that are controlled by Apple’s iron fist, it’s not very user-customizable, etc. If you happen to want the exact mobile experience Steve Jobs wants you to have, the iPhone is for you. Otherwise, you’re going to be frustrated by the device.

    Jailbreaking offers a partial solution. However, because of the potential consequences, most users are (understandably) afraid to try it.

    Android has the potential to do what the iPhone never has: put the *user* in control of capable and attractive mobile device. To date, I haven’t been too keen on some of the aesthetics of the Android OS. But visual polish is cheap to add, and it sounds like the Nexus One’s version of Android might finally bridge the style gap. (The phone’s physical design certainly has; its lines are so graceful that the iPhone looks a bit outdated by comparison.)

    That’s why I’m excited about the Nexus One, and I suspect it’s why everyone else is fascinated by it. It may finally be a smartphone worth having.

    • I agree with Nino w/ the exception of his view on the aesthetics of the Android OS. I’m a G1 owner its a solid phone and I love the keyboard. It doesnt seem as pretty, for lack of a better word, as the iphone but my phone doesnt need to be pretty. I don’t find it an eyesore by any stretch. I am excitied about the rumors of the nexus one and do plan on switching if it turns out to be true!

      iPhone fanboy pages are good for a laugh.

    • Yeah pretty much agree with this or at least this describes my interest in the Nexus One very well. The rigid “do it my way” philosophy of Apple devices is something i cant stand and though there isnt really anything here in Australia that quite compares to an iphone 3GS im very reluctant to get one as i know i would hate that stuff.

      Understandably though the idea of a phone taking some of the limelight from the iPhone gets under a lot of peoples skin. Human nature. Especially if as Liam says having the best phone/laptop/whatever is a big deal to you.

    • And consumer MOSTLY DO NOT CARE. Most consumers are not reading any of this. Don’t care that a phone can’t multi-task third party apps (Because the iPhone DOES multi-task, just not third party apps). Don’t care about some mythical iron-ist (so long as they can safely use apps in an easy way) and don’t care if it is user customizable (so long as it works very well).

      After spending 3 days with the Droid (great hardware specs, OS still feels unfinished and clumsy compared to iPhone OS), Google still has about 6 months to 1 year of work to catch up to where the iPhone is today.

  13. My friend who’s been practically a life-long Sprint customer, and has fought the iPhone craze tooth and nail, recently purchased one of the new model Sprint Android phones. He was pretty sold on it – “Google’s gonna be huge, it’s got everything I need” True enough, it had everything he needed, just not all of it worked. Between the bugs that have yet to be worked out of the Google Android platform, and the awesome Customer Service he was receiving from Sprint, he punted his new Google phone about a month after purchase, and went and got himself an iPhone yesterday. I think it’s proof in the pudding of what you’re saying right here in your article, Liam. Excellent call!

  14. the nexus one story isn’t about the phone. yes, it has great specs. but the acer liquid just came out with almost identical specs to the nexus one (granted it’s only running android 1.6). the story here is the potential distribution of the phone……. being unlocked and sold directly by google without a contract. that could shake up the cell phone industry and i hope it does. the way it is now is akin to buying your computer from your isp…. a ridiculous thought.

    also, i think another big feature of the nexus one is the ability for google to provide the software updates. i love android (as you can probably tell) but i don’t like the fragmentation that’s happening already in terms of software updates. because all these different hardware manufacturers are putting their own spin on android, they have to tweak and update each update to android before it can be pushed to the customer. having a handset designed/run/updated directly by google would go along way towards providing quick updates and eliminating that lag between the release of an update and the time a customer actually gets it.

    • “the story here is the potential distribution of the phone……. being unlocked and sold directly by google without a contract. that could shake up the cell phone industry and i hope it does.”

      How can it? I’m all for a shakeup of the US cell phone industry but I don’t see how you get there.

      The Nexus One only works fully on T-Mobile in the US. With an AT&T SIM it will only give you voice and EDGE, no 3G. Who is going to buy a more expensive, unsubsidized device that still only works fully on the network that it was designed for?

      Then there is the small problem of Verizon and Sprint using completely different technology with CDMA/EVDO. This “unlocked” phone won’t work at all on either of those networks. There were reports this weekend that Google wanted to work with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint on having a phone for each network but other than T-Mobile, they all declined. So, who has the power here?

      So, you pay extra for an unlocked phone, and you get to use it on T-Mobile only. This is going to change the mobile phone industry in the US? There has to be something more going on because Google is not a stupid company, but I can’t fathom what it is.

    • I think you are right on the money. Even if this phone isn’t as good as far as “specs” go, if you can get it for $199 directly from google and then go to tmobile and get a no contract plan, you can save (bare minimum) $40 a month and not be locked into a 2 yr contract. I wanted to the droid, but would have had to pay almost $170 a month from verizon for my wife and i to have one. We currently have tmobile contract ending in january, and I will definately be waiting a little to see what will happen with this one. It’s not the phone that will compete with the iphone, it’s the philosophy.

    • Not quite.

      He’s saying many of iPhone’s specs are now the industry standard. iPhone was only a big deal because it hadn’t been seen it such a shell before. It’s like Honda coming out with a car with rocket boosters. Sure, it’ll be a big deal at first, but when everyone else starts doing the same thing it’s not so special anymore. Essentially, this phone isn’t special because there are countless others that do the same thing, just look different and are offered by a variety of carriers.

      This is why the only “iPhone killer” will be the next iPhone. Even if it’s just a modest upgrade like the 3GS it’ll still be a cornerstone for everyone else. I’m predicting a significant update, so the battle of the “iPhone killers” (new iPhone included) will be an interesting one.

      IMHO, the reason no one has come up with an “iPhone” killer is because their focus is all off. Everyone is so focused on beating Apple their creativity and ingenuity is at the mercy of those comparing what they do to whatever Apple does. In a way, they’re reinforcing the whole imitation is flattery idea. That’s why every time something like this comes out, the first thing people do is look to the iPhone. When someone comes up with something unique, only then will Apple shudder (and then Steve will come up with something new anyway, lol).

  15. Bury your head in the sand.

    There’s only one part of this article I really agree with: the bit about {insert-name-here}-killer. That’s just journo-fud written to overly dramatize things and create juicy linkbait.

    It’s clear the author thinks his iPhone is the one and only phone forever. And that’s great. If Liam Cassidy is happy with his phone, then I am happy for him. But Liam’s happiness with *his* phone does not translate into *my* happiness with *my* phone.

    And don’t worry Liam – when I get out my phone or my computer, I’m *not* looking around and comparing it to everyone else’s. These are tools of daily living for me; not fashion statements. Your insecurity is yours; it doesn’t necessarily translate to the rest of us.

    So the rest of us will go on talking about the Nexus One. It’s a promising entry into the field, and I’m really interested in how Google’s carrier neutral model will work out.

    • Raymond Cote

      Then you are in denial or simply blind.

      Why make assertions like this to other people why have been reading the blogs? Are we supposed to believe you instead of our own eyes?

      Assertions are not reality!
      Reality is triangulated with others.

  16. Very good article. We see lots of phones every year that are decent phones, but I think the key is that they aren’t running iPhone OS. Sure it has its limitations *cough, backgrounding, cough*, but overall, it seems to be a platform that people are enjoying.

    Plus, it’s the iPhone. I’ve met people who’ve bought the iPhone just because it looks and sounds cool. This phone that Google has built with HTC is the first of the Android phones that doesn’t look like a toy. The G1, MyTouch, and yes, even the DROID looks kind of cheap and chintzy when you put an iPhone next to them. It might be well made, but the iPhone’s styling is such that it puts all other phones to shame.

    Perhaps with decent hardware, Google will be able to do a successful phone. However, I personally am not in favor of Google having access to yet MORE of my stuff.

  17. John Walker

    Wow. This sounds an awful lot like the logic Steve Ballmer used when the iPhone was released. I think you’re being short-sighted.

    I love my iPhone, but this is the first time I’ve even considered switching. And I actually think I will. Make no mistake, this *is* iPhone’s competition. And it’s cracking up to be some serious competition.

    • @Raymond – Aren’t you jumping to conclusions a bit? – whether this is some Magical unlocked phone, or just comes out as a “normal” HTC passion – it’s got a great screen and a faster processor than the iPhone. Some people want the fastest processor, some just want away from AT&T’s network, and on and on.

    • To switch to the Nexus One, you have to switch to T-Mobile. Is that really what you want? If it is unlocked as reported, you could also remain on AT&T but forgo 3G data on the phone. Is that what you want? Are you sure this device is something that is going to cause a big switch? Because I don’t see it.

  18. I agree with this article and I would go further in that it seems to me that people are so obsessed with finding something better than the iPhone that they have blinders on that make the iPhone “true believers” blinders look small in comparison.

    This is just another Android phone, with yet another slightly different UI. I don’t see it’s that much to get excited about.

    The “blinders” part really seems obvious to me when you look at that screenshot and some of the video’s that have been circulating. It’s really dark and butt-ugly with that retro wallpaper look, the UI is not very well thought out, and it’s only marginally different from any other Android UI you’ve seen so far anyway.

    Anyone that looks at this thing and sez it’s teh sexy, needs their head examined. Reviewers (not this one), need to check their hyperbole at the door a bit more when talking about this stuff IMO.

    • Actually, it’s worse than that. It’s just another Android phone – with yet another version of Android on it. So if this thing really drops on January 5th, that will mean that within three months time, there are FOUR versions of Android floating around. 1.5, 1.6 (both versions afoot on T-Mobile’s network), 2.0 (exclusive to Verizon’s Droid for now, further peeing in the “Android is so open” soup) and now 2.1 on this alleged Google Phone.

      People know *NOTHING* about this device, yet there are already people saying that it’s “serious competition” and how they’re going to be switching over? News flash: Android has a LONG way to go. And yes, I have used Android. I too bought into the Android hype and had a G1 and then a MyTouch 3G. I switched to AT&T (who has excellent coverage in my market, I might add) and got an iPhone 3GS and Android doesn’t hold a candle to the iPhone in any way, shape, or form. Sorry about that.

      Android/iPhone wars are the new Mac/PC.

  19. The iphone is clearly the touchstone of smartphones, as such whenever I see iphone killer it just makes me think that this phone is supposed to compete head to head with the iphone on features. So yeah iphone killer is a stupid buzz word in the whole scheme of things, but it does separate for example the pixi from the droid today.

    • Raymond Cote

      @ Jonathan
      (fill in the blank) on everything is always a bad idea!

      Why would anyone cheer on such a silly, simplistic, childish, emotionally based and dangerous concept.

      Monopolies, financial, technical or political are always bad new for us as citizens and customers.

      Zoom way out, see the hype and read some history!

      Anyway – why do folks like you attached your egos to a particular product line even before it proves itself. Do you do the same about the brand of car or pants you own?

  20. I agree with what you are saying except for the “Normals” perspective.

    Not long ago I was a Geek in Normals clothing because I hadn’t made the jump to smart phones yet. I had been eagerly waiting for the iPhone to come out but when it did and it was only offered on AT&Ts service I was extremely disappointed. After all, I live in a rural small town community and am at the mercy of the coverage maps. To add to that, I had convinced my family to dump our land line phones many years earlier. As you can see, coverage is essential to us. As the years went by coverage increased as providers merged until finally Alltel was purchased by Verizon. Now the infamous “There’s a map for that” campaign was in full swing and, although it did frustrate me at first, it actually spurred me toward AT&T. After I had thoroughly researched both companies I came to see that the lack of 3G coverage doesn’t effect my ability to make or receive my precious phone calls. I will still be able to connect with my friends, family and business associates. So I made the leap and finally have myself an iPhone. I’m loving every minute of it too I might add. And so this has been my story. So you see, there are still some frustrated Geeks in “Normal” clothing out there they just need the right opportunity to change their clothes. ;-)

    • See, that’s strange. I also live in a rural small town, yet our AT&T coverage is *excellent* out here. Even 3G. Sometimes it all depends on where you are. Glad that the iPhone is working out for you, though! :) Hopefully you get 3G coverage soon.