I’m not quite sure how the Apple iPhone ended up on this list. While it’s lovely to see the progression of the various Palm OS, Pocket PC, and Blackberry models, can we agree once and for all that the iPhone is not meant to be a Smart Phone, or Smartphone, in the traditional sense? It is a Media Phone!
eWeek labs has this to say about the upcoming device:
The Future: Among the words Apple has used to described (sic) the forthcoming iPhone are “revolutionary,” “pioneering,” and “sophistication.” Some, however, have their doubts that the phone/media player/Internet device will, as Apple claims, “redefine what you can do on a mobile phone.” Only time will tell if the iPhone will be a giant leap for smart-phone-kind or merely an evolutionary oddity.
What exactly are the criteria for a “smart phone”? If it’s just that you can send and receive email from it, surf the web, download music, and manage your personal information…then wouldn’t that mean just about every phone available today is a smart phone?
Do you think that calling the iPhone a Smart Phone sets potential users up for disappointment?
Do you agree with this definition of a Smart Phone?
I’d love to hear your thoughts…