You are pretty funny Nebel and definitely let personal bias cloud your judgment. Your method of thinking and these gadget reviews only apply to nerds, geeks, and other tech enthusiasts. The general population (Apple's main target for the iPhone) do not care about any of that. There have always been phones much farther ahead of the iPhone from a technical stand point, but no singular model has come close to the iPhone yet. Ever wonder why? It goes far beyond simply UI experience and gadgetry:
- The Android Market hardly rivals the iTunes Store in terms of multimedia available. It may not be cheaper, but it is all consolidated to one place.
- Apple is known (whether justified or not) for their great individual customer service. While this is typically useless for people like you or me, it DOES make a difference for normal customers. Meanwhile, on the fractured Android phone distribution, you are left to the mercies of multiple companies you may need to contact for tech support.
- Most normal people who I spoke to that has an Android phone does so because the iPhone is only available on one network. Now that it is coming out on Verizon, there should be a huge shift towards the iPhone.
- Apple is a brand like Nike or Bose. People pay and often pay a LOT for the brand. This is a symbol of status in society. Google, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and others have a long way to go before they come close to approaching the brand recognition of Apple.
- Apple is king when it comes to marketing. No matter what type of press, Apple typically benefits from it.
I am fairly certain that the iPhone user base will continue to grow and that it becomes more widely available on additional networks in the future now that it is out of ATT's exclusivity contract. So no, I doubt only "brats" would buy it as you so inelegantly put it. I would put down money that you will continue to see iPhone in hands of people of all ages and all social statuses, regardless of whether or not they should be able to comfortably afford one and its data plan.
PS Of course Android will be the market leader. It has at least 2 phones on every network in the US that uses the Android OS. Would I hold it against Google? Of course not! It is a great business choice for Google and simply one that was not available for Apple at the time when the original iPhone was first released and wireless carriers made the decisions of which and what features were allowed on the phones their networks carried. Thanks to Apple, we all may now enjoy the benefits of innovation through competition.Edited by OC'ing Noob - 1/16/11 at 2:15pm