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(Huffington Post)   Let's all wish a happy 6th birthday to the iPhone, and bid a fond farewell to a time when people used their phones to just talk to each other   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 21
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2013-01-11 09:06:32 AM
Have you tried to have a conversation on a cellular line lately? They're not very good phones.
 
2013-01-11 09:22:13 AM
Wait, the iphone can be used for voice communications? This is revolutionary! Another win for Apple! Too bad Android will rip them off and have to be sued for patent violations. Why can't they come with with ideas like voice communications on their own.
 
2013-01-11 09:22:59 AM
Thanks, iPhone, for making bathroom breaks longer and more engaging experiences.
 
2013-01-11 09:28:27 AM
i must have been hallucinating all those smartphones that existed before 2007...
 
2013-01-11 10:11:34 AM

maxheck: i must have been hallucinating all those smartphones that existed before 2007...


no, you are hallucinating their importance and penetration into the mainstream. before the iPhone most people had a plain ol cell that MIGHT text and MIGHT play simply games like tetris.

and then iPhone. and then Android launched a year later AND SUCKED LARGE HAIRY BALLS for 2 more years.

yes, there were smartphones, but the palms and blackberries of the world were a sad sad EDGE using sack of crap at the time and came nowhere near close to what phones are now; that is, a mobile, pocketable desktop computer for all intents and purposes.

I had a nice palm before I finally got my first Droid. It was a slow almost useless piece of crap.
 
2013-01-11 10:51:07 AM
I still use my Motorola RAZR and like it. I'm not sure I'll ever understand the need for a smart phone.

/Admittedly I'm pretty boring.
 
2013-01-11 11:24:55 AM
Last night I tuned my kids guitar using my iPhone, took a shiate while playing Asphalt 7, checked facebook a few times, messaged the wife, used the stopwatch to track how long the lamb chops had been on the grill, called my parents, surfed the web, watched a few episodes of Weeds on my TV via my laptop navigated using the iphone (touchmouse) and added a couple of reminders to my calendar. Probably looked something up on wikipedia at some point too.

Love the smartphone.

Oh and the call quality is great.
 
2013-01-11 11:25:06 AM

Linoleum_Blownapart: Have you tried to have a conversation on a cellular line lately? They're not very good phones.


I've always wondered about this. Why the fark is telephone audio quality so shiatty in this day and age. Why can I only get good audio on a Skype-to-Skype call?
 
2013-01-11 11:28:45 AM
frepnog:

maxheck: i must have been hallucinating all those smartphones that existed before 2007...

no, you are hallucinating their importance and penetration into the mainstream. before the iPhone most people had a plain ol cell that MIGHT text and MIGHT play simply games like tetris.

and then iPhone. and then Android launched a year later AND SUCKED LARGE HAIRY BALLS for 2 more years.

yes, there were smartphones, but the palms and blackberries of the world were a sad sad EDGE using sack of crap at the time and came nowhere near close to what phones are now; that is, a mobile, pocketable desktop computer for all intents and purposes.

I had a nice palm before I finally got my first Droid. It was a slow almost useless piece of crap.


Actually, my 2005 vintage iPaq winmo phone was quite nice... Lots of apps, GPS, voice recognition, an actual office suite ecetera. Those were available as far back as 2003. Apple did what apple does best... Hype existing technologies. But none of the things listed in the article were things that were caused by the iPod.
 
2013-01-11 11:31:35 AM

maxheck: Apple did what apple does best... Hype existing refine technologies, make is usable to a large audience, and hit mass penetration with excellent hardware that is a joy to use.


that is what you meant, right?
 
2013-01-11 11:43:21 AM
I believe that Nokia, IBM, Palm and even RIM beat Apple to it.  And RIM put smart phones on the map starting 8 years before Apple hit the market.

But the iPhone finished the job.  They took longer to get to market, but came in very well indeed.

So Happy Birthday, iPhone.  Don't be such a fan[boy|girl], subby.
 
2013-01-11 11:43:43 AM
i almost feel like we should call them something different than "phone" if only to stop all these boring "my lawn" style headlines
 
2013-01-11 11:53:34 AM

frepnog: maxheck: i must have been hallucinating all those smartphones that existed before 2007...

no, you are hallucinating their importance and penetration into the mainstream. before the iPhone most people had a plain ol cell that MIGHT text and MIGHT play simply games like tetris.

and then iPhone. and then Android launched a year later AND SUCKED LARGE HAIRY BALLS for 2 more years.

yes, there were smartphones, but the palms and blackberries of the world were a sad sad EDGE using sack of crap at the time and came nowhere near close to what phones are now; that is, a mobile, pocketable desktop computer for all intents and purposes.

I had a nice palm before I finally got my first Droid. It was a slow almost useless piece of crap.


I had a Cingular 8125 smartphone before the iPhone came out. Yeah, the basics of the smartphone experience were there. But it used the slow EDGE network, had no apps, and most importantly there were no mobile versions of Web sites yet. So the mobile experience was, shall we say, useless. Turned me off of smartphones for quite a long while.
 
2013-01-11 12:03:01 PM

bifford: Linoleum_Blownapart: Have you tried to have a conversation on a cellular line lately? They're not very good phones.

I've always wondered about this. Why the fark is telephone audio quality so shiatty in this day and age. Why can I only get good audio on a Skype-to-Skype call?


There's a new cellphone voice compression standard called HD Voice which is gaining ground in Europe. It's a similar codec to what Skype-to-Skype uses.

Of course, the US networks are either incapable of handling the bandwidth for the codec or are uninterested in implementing it.
 
2013-01-11 12:13:20 PM

bifford: Linoleum_Blownapart: Have you tried to have a conversation on a cellular line lately? They're not very good phones.

I've always wondered about this. Why the fark is telephone audio quality so shiatty in this day and age. Why can I only get good audio on a Skype-to-Skype call?


I always laugh when I get this when working from home:

Other caller: your phone sounds so clear with no breakups.
Me: I'm on a land line.
Other caller: You still have a land line?
Me: Yes
Other caller: Wow.
 
2013-01-11 01:26:53 PM

frepnog: yes, there were smartphones, but the palms and blackberries of the world were a sad sad EDGE using sack of crap at the time and came nowhere near close to what phones are now; that is, a mobile, pocketable desktop computer for all intents and purposes.


Until the 3G was released--maybe even the 3GS--the iPhone was far more similar to the former than the latter.
 
2013-01-11 01:33:40 PM

poot_rootbeer: frepnog: yes, there were smartphones, but the palms and blackberries of the world were a sad sad EDGE using sack of crap at the time and came nowhere near close to what phones are now; that is, a mobile, pocketable desktop computer for all intents and purposes.

Until the 3G was released--maybe even the 3GS--the iPhone was far more similar to the former than the latter.


no argument there. the form factor made up for it however and made it far more bearable than it might have been otherwise.
 
2013-01-11 03:42:50 PM
I have an iphone and its my main everyday camera but its a major pain in the ass to get pics downloaded on my computer.
 
2013-01-11 03:45:26 PM

Spanky_McFarksalot: I have an iphone and its my main everyday camera but its a major pain in the ass to get pics downloaded on my computer.


Do you run windows? Just plug it in and let windows recognize it as a camera...
 
2013-01-11 03:48:54 PM

fo_sho!: Do you run windows? Just plug it in and let windows recognize it as a camera...


marry me
 
2013-01-11 04:45:27 PM

maxheck: i must have been hallucinating all those smartphones that existed before 2007...


This. The iphone should get it's due for the smartphone explosion into way beyond what phones were doing but people began texting more than talking before the iphone. I'd give this particular fond farewell credit to the inventor of sms. Of course i am well aware that Steve Jobs invented texting i just want to be accurate here.
 
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