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What about the Microsoft iPhone, IBM iPhone, Dell iPhone or the HP iPhone
As we all know, yesterday the iPhone from Apple was announced (release in the early summer). I posted my thoughts on why I don't believe this will be as big as the gadget and big tech bloggers believe it will be. Let's ignore my (valid) reasons and let's assume this device will be the killer awesome piece that most believe it will be.
So last night I started to wonder why people love this device so much. And so here is my question… are people in love with this device because:
- it's an Apple device and so people just love it regardless of quality/feature set
- it's a freaking awesome device and no matter who created it, it would be just as heavily pushed by this blogger/media set
First reason… it's an Apple device….
So here the idea is that the iPhone device might not be so great, but because Apple has been known to put out quality products that are easy-to-use and designed well, everyone automatically goes ga-ga over it. And more importantly, it's a "Jobs" product and his name sells merchandise. Perhaps it's the sex appeal that Apple has currently.
Second reason… its an awesome product and under any name would do well
This one is tougher to think about by do some Zen thinking and clear your mind. Would people be all over this device with 100s of posts on TechMeme about the iPhone if it was sold by any of the following:
These companies don't have the "glitz" or "sex appeal" that Apple currently has. So would a Microsoft iPhone be as highly touted? What about if HP or IBM produced it? Would a blogger like Steve Rubel, Michael Arrington, Lev Grossman at Time, Gizmodo or engadget write so passionately about a product if it had the same feature set but made by one of the four companies I mention? I doubt it. I really do.
My guess is that the answer lies somewhere between both of my reasons above. But I do believe that the Jobs name and the Macintosh apple with a chunk out of it could sell wet wood to someone trying to start a fire these days.
What's your thought, I'd like to know.