Apple and iPad Not Revolutionary at All – Part 1

Ok, I know the title will instantly make some people hate me. If you made it past the title, then maybe we can talk.

Let me start with this, yes I do own an iPhone and I do like it. I bought the 3gs version last summer, kind of by default. Here’s why I don’t believe that the Apple is not really an innovator when it comes to hardware or software.

First the iPhone. When iPhone came out it was touted (by the Apple community) to be the greatest thing ever. In fact I had a PC phone from HTC that I bought in 2006 that had more features. For pete’s sake you couldn’t even cut and past until the 3gs. Plus the HTC browsed faster than the original iPhone. I ran a head to head test with a my HTC and a G1 using Google to search for the same term. The HTC won by a long shot. They were both on AT&T’s network. Cause I know that was your next question. Last summer I finally broke down.. mostly because my 3 year old PC Phone did too.. and bought the 3gs. The final selling points were #1 I believe HTC stumbled with their latest version of the PC phone by putting their top heavy software over the phones, which slowed it down and made it unstable. I also was not a fan of the Blackberry’s. So, by default the iPhone. #2 The app store. This is important later.

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Now we have the iPad. I keep hearing people saying things like it is going to revolutionize how you read and that the print media industry is hoping for a revival because of the iPad. Really? Have we already forgotten the Kindle. That has revolutionized how we read. It is also much easier on the eyes because it is not back lit. Plus, you get free 3G wireless coverage, although limited. Everyone I know that has one, said they wouldn’t give up their Kindle for an iPad. Another thing I’ve heard is how it’s going to change the way we surf.. now that could be true. If developers bow to Apples command to use Html 5. A standard that’s not even finished! Is this Apple’s arrogance? Incompetence? Maybe a bit of both. My guess is… well two things. One, Adobe made them made. Two, they had issues with implementing it on their devices and well, it’s easier to blame someone else than it is to fix the problem. I really thought that Apple learned their lesson back in the 90s when they almost went bankrupt, but here we are again where everything has to be created/approved/sold by Apple to work on their machines. There are also a number of other limitations, such as always needing to have the docking station with you. I was happy to see today that HP is coming out with a competitive device called the Slate.

In my next post I’ll explain in what ways I think Apple is an innovator.

Comments

  1. Hi.
    I did pass the title without hating you. It was hard. But I did.^^ joking.
    Now for what you’re saying about the iPad, i do agree on some points. It’s ways to be perfect.
    I didn’t try one (there is no iPad in Switzerland at this time), so i won’t try to argue 🙂
    The point where I want to come back is on the iPhone. You’re saying ” When iPhone came out it was touted (by the Apple community) to be the greatest thing ever”.
    Yeah, okey there where some guys crazy about it. Maybe a bit to much. But still, was it juste a new phone, like another one? Maybe you didn’t admit this: the iphone was not “evolutionary” but “revolutionary” in mobile phone’s world. I don’t even need to argue; just look at half phone on the market. They try to look like the iphone. (i’ll be back on this later)

    You know, many people do not understand this one (huge) point: the iPhone (or iPad) does not MORE than other phones (pads). Maybe even they do LESS than the others (like you said). But what they do; they do it BETTER. It’s as simple as that.
    Just watch at all tablets in market at this time. They do all run the actual windows OS or Android OS or whatever OS did already exist BEFORE. THAT’S THE POINT. The device maybe magical, but if the OS isn’t done properly for it, this device will be like the other where. No revolution, just evolution.
    That’s what i can say about the iPhone and why it worked so well; it wasn’t just a new device with an old OS on it. It was a new device AND a new OS that works amazingly well with it (it was designed FOR it). That’s what i call revolution: A new way to use/show/exchange information that is being adopted. And i promise you the iPhone OS was adopted. (and is still)

    So now, i have no idea about how the iPad will do, but the point I wanted to argue was that a product does not need to do as much as another to work (sell), it just needs to do it better.
    In my personal point of view – and what i have seen at this time on the web – the iPad is absolutely not a product for creative people but it’s surely one of the best product I could have imagined for consumers (surf on web, read stuff, watch photos/videos).

    • Thanks for the comment Alex. It’s good to hear other well thought out opinions.

      I agree with a lot of what you say. There are some things that Apples products do better, but a lot of people seem to be confused about what those things are, such as my example with the Kindle. I’ll admit that when it came out there was no other smart phone that rendered web pages as well as the iPhone, but for me that wasn’t enough. Like I said before I don’t hate the iPhone (I have one as well as an iPod) or Apple. I just think that when you really look at what they are doing, hardware/software is not their what is selling their products. Of course their products need to work, but one of the things that is helping to sell their products is they’ve tapped into peoples emotions and made them feel good when they buy their products. Tomorrow I’ll talk about the ways that I think Apple is revolutionary. I’ll give you a hint: CATALYST

      • thx for reply. (i’m the Alex of above, i just created an account)”Of course their products need to work, but one of the things that is helping to sell their products is they’ve tapped into peoples emotions and made them feel good when they buy their products”I totally agree !I just can say that i’m one of those. :$But always was happy with it. Never had even a doubt about their products (began to work on/use Apple with the SE30 (this means ~ 1990)).looking forward reading your next talk.

  2. Hi.
    I did pass the title without hating you. It was hard. But I did.^^ joking.
    Now for what you're saying about the iPad, i do agree on some points. It's ways to be perfect.
    I didn't try one (there is no iPad in Switzerland at this time), so i won't try to argue 🙂
    The point where I want to come back is on the iPhone. You're saying ” When iPhone came out it was touted (by the Apple community) to be the greatest thing ever”.
    Yeah, okey there where some guys crazy about it. Maybe a bit to much. But still, was it juste a new phone, like another one? Maybe you didn't admit this: the iphone was not “evolutionary” but “revolutionary” in mobile phone's world. I don't even need to argue; just look at half phone on the market. They try to look like the iphone. (i'll be back on this later)

    You know, many people do not understand this one (huge) point: the iPhone (or iPad) does not MORE than other phones (pads). Maybe even they do LESS than the others (like you said). But what they do; they do it BETTER. It's as simple as that.
    Just watch at all tablets in market at this time. They do all run the actual windows OS or Android OS or whatever OS did already exist BEFORE. THAT'S THE POINT. The device maybe magical, but if the OS isn't done properly for it, this device will be like the other where. No revolution, just evolution.
    That's what i can say about the iPhone and why it worked so well; it wasn't just a new device with an old OS on it. It was a new device AND a new OS that works amazingly well with it (it was designed FOR it). That's what i call revolution: A new way to use/show/exchange information that is being adopted. And i promise you the iPhone OS was adopted. (and is still)

    So now, i have no idea about how the iPad will do, but the point I wanted to argue was that a product does not need to do as much as another to work (sell), it just needs to do it better.
    In my personal point of view – and what i have seen at this time on the web – the iPad is absolutely not a product for creative people but it's surely one of the best product I could have imagined for consumers (surf on web, read stuff, watch photos/videos).

  3. Thanks for the comment Alex. It's good to hear other well thought out opinions.

    I agree with a lot of what you say. There are some things that Apples products do better, but a lot of people seem to be confused about what those things are, such as my example with the Kindle. I'll admit that when it came out there was no other smart phone that rendered web pages as well as the iPhone, but for me that wasn't enough. Like I said before I don't hate the iPhone (I have one as well as an iPod) or Apple. I just think that when you really look at what they are doing, hardware/software is not their what is selling their products. Of course their products need to work, but one of the things that is helping to sell their products is they've tapped into peoples emotions and made them feel good when they buy their products. Tomorrow I'll talk about the ways that I think Apple is revolutionary. I'll give you a hint: CATALYST

  4. alesiom says:

    thx for reply.

    “Of course their products need to work, but one of the things that is helping to sell their products is they've tapped into peoples emotions and made them feel good when they buy their products”
    I totally agree !
    I just can say that i'm one of those. :$
    But always was happy with it. Never had even a doubt about their products (began to work on/use Apple with the SE30 (this means ~ 1990)).
    looking forward reading your next talk.

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