Originally Posted by Sith_Apprentice
Did apple perhaps miss the boat?
Nope, not IMHO. The better question is has RIM missed the boat for all of these years that they have been making phones? After all of this time this is the best that they could do?
There is the upcoming iPhone Apps Store that will extend the functionality of the phone further than Apple can alone, more and more websites are coming out with iPhone only versions and on any number of sites that measure mobile phone usage the iPhone is the far and away winner. Look at the Flickr page for most used camera phones here at the bottom of the page:
Flickr: Mobile Tools
Not a BlackBerry in the list anywhere.
Let's not forget that the iPhone has iTunes built in which allows for buying songs or TV shows and actually playing them on the device. 32GB of storage and a web and email visual experience that no current BB can touch and it can hardly be said that Apple missed the boat.
I have (or should I say that my daughter now has) an iPhone, an iPod Touch, a Pearl and my wife has a Curve. I love my Pearl. Great size, great features, but I keep my Touch with me at all times. When I am in Wi-Fi range nothing beats the web and email experience of the iPhone/iPod Touch. Nothing. I read people here complain about the iPhone virtual keyboard, but quite frankly I don't have any issues with it all.
I won't get another one for as long as it is AT&T only because a lot of the places that I go simply don't get AT&T coverage, but if it were available on VZW I can promise you that I would keep my BB for my business needs and replace my personal phone with an iPhone.
Apple has been making phones for 1 year. Like the iPod didn't become a GREAT product until the 4G, I'll be very interested to see what the third generation iPhone is like.
Did Apple introduce the BlackBerry killer as a C|Net blogger proclaimed? No. Will they ever? No. Does the iPhone cut in to BB sales? Yes. Will the new BB cut in to iPhone sales? It certainly will with people that are on the fence and depending on features when released it will convert some iPhone users. Did Apple miss the boat? You gotta be kidding me.