Here Come The iPhone 'Rivals'

from the groundbreaking dept

As the June 29th release date of the iPhone draws closer, the circle of hype around it swells even more, particularly among members of the media for whom the functionality of the iPhone represents something new -- even when it isn't. A side effect of this will see plenty of new handsets labeled "iPhone rivals", simply because they're mobile phones. But some companies are coming out with devices that mimic the iPhone in many ways -- such as Microsoft's favorite white-label manufacturer, HTC, which has announced its touchscreen-driven "iPhone rival", creatively named the Touch. Of course, there's only one problem: the touchscreen interface sucks, and is apparently barely usable. Plenty of devices will, unfairly or not, get compared to the iPhone by the media. But if your company is going to portray one of its own devices as a worthy competitor to the iPhone, it would help if it was actually a decent product in its own right.


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    Jordan West, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 7:03am

    the prada

    I read about another "rival" called the prada by LG. I havent heard anything good or bad yet, but i am interested to learn more. Supposedly its going to come out for verizon so they can compete with cingular. Honestly, i think, as inovative as apple can be, i would trust a phone from a weathered company over apple's first phone. Remember all the problems with the first gen Ipods, and even the second and third gen.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 7:04am

    Well, calling the functionality "not new" isn't exactly fair. yes, every piece of it has been their before, but over all it's slick piece of work and an excercise in ergonomics, just like the iPod was. I guess I'm saying I often see several things I want, but they're all on different devices, and putting them all together well certainly increases the "functionality" to ME.

     

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    Matt Bennett, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 7:05am

    Re: the prada

    every LG phone I ever had (well, 2) broke really fast.

     

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    Mariano, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 7:41am

    Bad move, HTC... Their smartphones are great, but that sluggish imitation of iphone just makes me want to buy a real one and makes me remember that windows mobile is way behind.

     

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    tom, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 9:11am

    so far all comments made by idiots, competion bread inovation.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 9:19am

    Tom, you call everyone idiots but you don't even know the difference between bread (the kind you eat) and bred (as in pro-creation) and you don't know how to spell INNOVATION. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!

     

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    Leslie, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 9:48am

    Re: the prada

    I got the prada last month in italy. paid 650 euro. and it sucks. dont bother of buying

     

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    fuse5k, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 9:57am

    the prada phone is not a serious iphone competitor, its just a pretty mobile with a touchscreen.

     

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    UniBoy, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 10:16am

    Yeah, right...

    There are no decent cell phones! That's why Apple is entering the market.

    End result. There WILL BE decent cell phones, probably from several manufacturers, in the next 18 months.

    However, if Apple plays it smart, they will be a dominant player in the new breed of devices...same way they are the dominant player today in music players.

     

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    Faceless Minion, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 10:38am

    Re: Yeah, right...

    There are hundreds of decent cell phones on the market. And they all do what they are supposed to - receive and transmit calls. If you want more then that, sure, there are not many that do all the different things that an IPhone can do... but saying that that freak of nature is the only good phone out there is hardly accurate!

     

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    TW, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 10:49am

    Re:

    the prada phone is not a serious iphone competitor, its just a pretty mobile with a touchscreen.


    So how is that different from the iphone? Oh right! It's old technology with a new buzzword – yeah that makes ALL the difference!

     

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    Simmer Down There, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 10:58am

    C'mon

    I've read two impressions so far and both say nothing but good things about the Touch. Check out http://www.brighthand.com/default.asp?newsID=13082 and watch the 1 min video. Gary Krakow seemed to like it but he does work for MSNBC so there may be som bias. The touch screen look pretty basic in terms of functionality but sure as hell doesn't look "barely usable".

     

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    brian, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 11:34am

    Old news

    Yes, the iPhone hype had been there and there are so many so called 'rivals' on the horizon. None of them have so far meet their expectations. We'll have to wait and see when it actually comes out in order to tell it's capabilities.

     

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    chucklebutte, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 12:40pm

    iphone

    um... the phone is pretty overall and is good piece of hardware but the price tag and 5yr contracts make it a total yawn. so i guess what makes these "new" phones so cool is no stylus use? it can be used in one hand? um if thats the case better take your phone back to the drawing board not once do i EVER use my stylus on my audiovox/htc VX6700 from verizon i can txt make phone calls use wifi listen to music u name it i can do it with one hand and no stylus :/ hype isnt everything obey your finger! lol

     

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    Chris, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 2:46pm

    iPhone

    I really think the iPhone is going to bomb. It seems to me that it will be one of those things like Snakes On A Plane that everyone on the internet talks about, but nobody is willing to pay for. I'm sure there will be those people who rush out and buy it, mostly the Apple die hards and those who want to show off their incomes, but I doubt the average person will want a phone that costs so much with a contract too. We as 'consumers' (at least in the US) are used to getting free or greatly discounted cell phones with a contract, and I don't see how something so expensive (a la PS3) is going to compete unless it also gives blow jobs.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 4:33pm

    Re: Re: the prada

    I currently own 2 LG phones. The first is nearly 4 years old and the second is just over 2 years old.

    They work perfectly and have never had any problems, despite me dropping both of them multiple times onto concrete paving from head height.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 4:39pm

    Re: iPhone

    We're used to the discounts here in the UK too, probably more so than the US.

    I'm currently paying £35 per YEAR for 400 x-net minutes + 100 texts with O2 (that means I can phone ANY network operator with those minutes/texts) and I got a FREE handset to boot.

    The normal tariff is £35 per month, but only a fool would actually pay that in todays competitive market.

    PS. I missed out on the 12 months FREE deal by 1 day ;-(

     

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    joe, Jun 7th, 2007 @ 6:16pm

    ATT will doom iPhone

    Seems like the dumbest idea ever to only offer the iPhone for ATT. I don't know anyone who has ATT as their cell provider.

     

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    mike, Jun 9th, 2007 @ 1:25am

    Re: ATT will doom iPhone

    Amazing since ATT has the largest customer base in the US.

     

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    Joey, Jun 23rd, 2007 @ 6:12am

    Re: Re: ATT will doom iPhone

    ATT may have the largest customer base, but the worst customer relations and the most complaints of any provider out there. I agree, there should have been a better thought out distribution of the iPhone. What would have been truly ground breaking (although totally unlikely) would have been a roll-out with three providers (ATT, Sprint, Verizon). That would have been impressive and historic.

     

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    Thomas Elliott, Jun 29th, 2007 @ 8:39am

    Re: Re: Yeah, right...

    Wake up and smell the success already. Apple set out to redefine the cell phone. It has done that in spades. Have you checked the stock values of Apple and compared it to that of MicroSoft? Take a good hard look.
    Every other cell phone is CRAP compared to the iPhone.
    You and your words can take NOTHING away from Apple.
    Their engineers are among the best in the world. Get used to it. Reality has come around and bitten you in the butt and you don't like it. Awww, too bad for you. Isn't there a hole in the sand somewhere where you like to stick your dead?

     

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    jackie113, Jul 5th, 2007 @ 3:09am

    60606

    iPhone is a revolutionary new mobile phone that allows you to make a call by simply pointing your finger at a name or number in your address book, a favorites list, or a call log

    www.mp4-converter.net/iphone-converter/dvd-to-iphone/

     

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    jay, Jul 8th, 2007 @ 8:19pm

    Re: 60606

    I agree the iphone is a nice package, but to say that it a new technology is false. I am still running with the Tmobile(HTC) Pocket PC 2003! Guess what is works great!

     

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    Jay, Jul 8th, 2007 @ 8:24pm

    Re: Re: 60606

    .....Oh yeah and I just go to my phone book or contacts point, click (all interactins are GUI based on this phone) and wahla! I'm connected. It's nothing new just in a prettier package.

     

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    Justin, May 25th, 2009 @ 12:20am

    iPhone is way better

    Had a blackberry curve and a g1 threw them away kept iPhone.

     

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