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Pundits Pounce On Apple in a Contest of Epic Idiocy

Pundits Pounce on Apple
Daniel Eran Dilger
Every Tuesday at noon, the entire city of San Francisco is alerted to civil defense sirens that dramatically blare for a moment, followed by an announcement that nothing really happened and there’s nothing to worry about. Only once a year, at the Macworld Expo, that warning is followed by a worldwide media announcement that Steve Jobs’ keynote disappointed and that everyone should be upset. Like the City’s weekly sirens, that predictable response by pundits makes for a bit of an attention arresting, jarring noise but is then quickly forgotten.

This Is Only A Test.
Despite the best efforts of the tech media to consistently downplay the interest and novelty of Jobs’ Macworld presentation, this year Apple:

  • presented plans to expand upon its lead in consumer wireless appliances
  • released software updates for the iPhone and iPod Touch that prepare the way for its new WiFi mobile platform
  • demonstrated an entirely new movie rental business for iTunes, iPods, the iPhone, and Apple TV
  • unveiled a new ultra thin laptop to expand the hot selling MacBook line into competition with the existing high end, slim and light models offered by rivals.

Apple was also the first manufacture to release systems using Intel’s new Harpertown Quad Core Xeon, making the Mac Pro the most powerful PC on the planet. However, the company didn’t even find that news important enough to distract from its four February product announcements at Macworld; it simply slipped the introduction out in a minor press release prior to the event with as little fanfare as the announcement of a new pink iPod Nano in the week after the show.

Apple’s deliverables at Macworld are particularly impressive when compared with the combined efforts of Microsoft and the rest of the industry demonstrating their own futures at CES. Microsoft’s big HD-DVD presentation had the wind kicked out of its sails before it could even air, leaving the company to talk about last year’s sleepy Windows Home Server and the still unfinished Surface bathtub.

CES: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

CES: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Innovation: Apple at Macworld vs Microsoft at CES

Desperate House Lies.
It was impossibly difficult for pundits to lay down enough nails to stop the ambulances rushing to give Apple free publicity for its new products. Wags attacked the MacBook Air for not being the MacBook Pro, or alternatively for not being the entry level MacBook, but none believed their own asinine ramblings enough to actually pit the new Air against comparable ultramobile models, and instead bleated about missing FireWire and Ethernet cables for the highly portable laptop.

Echoing Paul Thurrott–who likes to associate Macs with his wife in order to denigrate them as womanly devices that real men wouldn’t deign to use–CNET bloggers and their ilk have taken to describing the MacBook Air as something only a hysterical female stereotype could find attractive, and only because she was too stupid to realize that a gamer PC could be built from Egghead mail order parts for less.

Has the great nation of America become so enraptured with the current craze to dig oneself to the bottom of the stupid pile that even the tech industry has resorted to adopting Neanderthal chest beating and excrement slinging whenever presented with a challenge to how one currently looks at the world? Is there anything really impressive or attractive about feigning a capacity of intelligence two orders of magnitude lower than one was actually gifted with at birth? When did masculinity become inextricably linked with the idea of being a mouth breathing meathead unable to adapt to use modern tools?

The blame may lie with Tim Allen and all the cocaine he did before aping it up as a tool on “Home Improvement,” but let’s rise above the mistakes of the past and move forward as intellectuals. That means you, tech media.

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Paul Thurrott’s Merciless Attack on Artie MacStrawman
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The Rush To Moron Mountain.
While little can be expected of the CNET/ZDNet crowd and a peripheral gaggle of Windows Enthusiasts, why is it that the mainstream media pundits are rushing to prove themselves incompetent at discussing technology? Can anything possibly drive this fashionable idiocy out of vogue?

Here’s a smattering of what I’m talking about, pulled from top stories that purport to exist on a plane above the general din of blogdom:

Barron’s Mark Veverka: “Is Apple’s iPhone really a hit? I would argue it’s not, and certainly not a home run. The company achieved some lowball sales projections — which is Apple’s modus operandi — and now even those are coming into question.” Right, delivering a hot product that:

  • sank Palm on its initial announcement
  • dumped the entire pantheon of Windows Mobile licensees into third place in its first quarter of sales
  • scared Nokia into copying the iPhone
  • is regarded as the year’s hottest product and a household name
  • is the smartphone every other model is compared against

… can’t possibly be a “hit,” even though Apple surpassed its sales guidance and analysts’ unit sales expectations, despite selling in a competitive market offering cheaper phones at highly subsidized fake prices during a recession. Veverka, hand in your typewriter and go back to school.

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iPhone Grabs 27% of US Smartphone Market

ITWire’s Stan Beer: “While new mobile phones entrant Apple struggles to to achieve its goal of moving 10 million iPhone handsets by the end of 2008, the 2007 results of mobile phone leader Nokia has put into perspective the market that Apple is now playing in. Nokia, which commands a 38% share of the global cellphones space, sold a staggering 437 million handsets in 2007 with revenues of more than $75 billion.”

Of course, the vast majority of handsets Nokia sells are low end, low profit models. Beer points out that Nokia sold 11 million N-series convergence media smartphones and 2 million E-series business oriented smartphones in the fourth quarter. That’s just 5.5 times as many units as Apple sold with its single model, but it also represents Nokia’s worldwide sales as the long term, established leader in mobile phones.

Selling primarily in the US, the iPhone grabbed a enough of the market–and of worldwide mindshare–to prompt Nokia to demonstrate a me-too video showing a vaporware iPhone clone as its future. Perhaps the company really isn’t so secure in its own future at the moment?

Beer also notes that the flagship Nokia N95, which is frequently compared against the iPhone, “is considerably higher priced than the iPhone,” a reality that has been contested by everyone up to this point. After sensationalizing the price of the iPhone compared to its bill of materials, iSuppli quietly admitted that it “expects similar margins” for the N95. However, most resellers mask the high price of the N95 with contract subsidies.

While high priced, the N95 doesn’t really appear premium priced to consumers, as Beer tries to maintain in order to explain why the N95 failed to outsell the iPhone despite its much wider availability and its bundling with cheaper tariffs compared to Apple’s iPhone partners in Europe. Nokia has only sold 6 million N95 units worldwide this year since releasing it in late March. Apple has sold 4 million iPhones, again principally in the US, since it began selling them on the first weekend of July. Per month sold, that’s nearly identical. Apple certainly isn’t playing the Zune to Nokia’s iPod here.

10 FAS: 1 - iPhone Price and Profits vs Nokia, LG, HTC, RIM, Palm

10 FAS: 1 – iPhone Price and Profits vs Nokia, LG, HTC, RIM, Palm

While making a big deal about 3G, Beer failed to note that Apple’s iPhone can finish rendering web pages faster using the slower EDGE than Nokia’s lower end E and N-series phones using a speedier 3G network, due to a better operating system foundation (OS X vs Nokia’s Symbian) and better browser software. Using the still far faster WiFi, there’s no contest against 3G, and several of Nokia’s E and N-series phones don’t support WiFi.

Nokia and Apple also collaborate on WebKit, the web browser engine used by Safari, which helps boost the performance of Nokia’s phones that use it. Even so, Nokia continues to use a different browser and OS (Linux) as the basis of its slow selling and rather impractical N800 Internet Tablet because Symbian isn’t suited for the task. Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch both use the same WiFi mobile platform, a decided advantage.

In any case, the reality is that Nokia and Apple can both cooperate and compete to deliver consumers a wider variety of high quality options, something Beer seems unable to grasp in his desperate attempts to downplay Apple’s success. Neither company has to lose for consumers to win.

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BusinessWeek’s Stephen Wildstrom: “it would be nice if Apple would end its pigheaded insistence on a single mouse button [on the MacBook Air], as it has on desktop mice.” Yes, a real man needs a laptop with an extra physical mouse button to perform a right click, because anyone who does real man PC work has lost enough fingers in Nam or using a Skillsaw that multitouch trackpads just don’t cut it.

Of course, even the Mighty Mouse lacks a physical right button, making this regurgitated 1996 “how do I right click on a MAC?” argument even harder to fathom.

Wildstrom’s article title “MacBook Air: A Little Too Pretty?” is also hard to take seriously, but the demand for a right click button on a far more sophisticated multitouch trackpad is just absurd. Would Wildstrom also complain that a car with an automatic transmission was lacking a clutch pedal?

Toshiba Portege R500

TechWorld / PCWorld’s Bryan Betts: “[Toshiba] points out that its lightweight laptops are thinner, lighter and more capable than Steve Jobs’ new [MacBook Air] machine, and they cost less as well.” In reality, the Toshiba Portege R500 is only slightly lighter, due to its flimsier plastic body and smaller 12“ display.

The MacBook Air is considerably thinner and significantly more powerful, with a faster standard processor and an even faster upgrade option (the Toshiba is stuck at 1.2 GHz vs 1.6 to 1.8 GHz options on the MacBook Air), as well as having 2 GB RAM standard. The cheapest Portege model only comes with 1GB and is then only expandable to 1.5GB RAM total (achieved only by throwing away its 512 MB stick and replacing it with a 1GB DIMM), but still costs more than the MacBook Air.

In fact, when compared in terms of equal features, even though the Portege can’t offer to match the MacBook Air’s speed it still costs hundreds more. Toshiba’s site asks $2149 for the still slower, 1GB model that can be expanded to 2GB, which the MacBook Air comes with standard.

While the Portege effectively has a built-in 3 port USB hub, Gigibit Ethernet, unpowered FireWire, and a built in optical drive, its $350 price premium for a slower, larger box with less RAM is hardly fair to describe as ”more capable“ and costing less. What’s the point of fast wired networking and camcorder video input on a laptop strapped for RAM and processing power and really only designed to do basic mobile web, email, and office work?

Fujitsu P1620

Wired’s Rob Beschizza: ”[Fujitsu is] the first to announce a new model since Apple stormed along with the MacBook Air. The Fujitsu P1620 is lighter, cheaper, and packed with features the Air doesn’t have — while lacking some of those it does.“

While Beschizza doesn’t concern his readers with any of those lacking features, he seems oblivious to the fact that he’s comparing the MacBook Air laptop to a Tablet PC with a tiny 8.9” screen, the same anemic processor as Toshiba’s Portege R500, a toy-sized keyboard, much slower WiFi (g vs. n), optional Bluetooth support, a comical fraction of the RAM (512 MB), and an unwieldy, thick, clumsy swivel display.

It’s also a whopping $50 less, unless you actually want the Bluetooth, 80GB disk, 1GB of RAM, and a functional “recommended” battery rather than the basic 3 cell placeholder. That model, still slower and less usable than the MacBook Air, will cost you $2224, a $425 premium over the Air. The P1620 best serves as a good explanation of why Microsoft’s Tablet PC concept is not selling.

Fujitsu makes some nicer laptops, but this engineering joke is hardly a “neatly-packaged box of criticism leveled against Cupertino’s upstart,” as Beschizza claims. It looks like it was designed to have its photo taken in a studio, not to actually be used. It’s ergonomically absurd, requires messing with a stylus, and is effectively an atrociously priced 1.36“ slab for reviewers to talk about.

I know it’s a lot to ask, but please, wags of the world, stop making me look like a genius for pointing out the absurdity of your looney trolling, ridiculous naysaying, and insistence that up is down. Together we can enjoy a less stupid world, if you want it.

First Look: Apple’s new MacBook Air

First Look: Apple’s new MacBook Air
How the MacBook Air stacks up against other ultra-light notebooks

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  • PerGrenerfors

    Hey Daniel, do you email these guys a link so they can read your comments? I wonder what their reactions are.

    I would really like if you would start linking to the columns you are commenting upon. Sure, I can google them but still.

  • Jon T

    “Together we can enjoy a less stupid world, if you want it.” Errrm… just how naive are you you Dan? Surely all these guys are being paid to write precisely that nonsense?

    @Per It is always noticeable that the people RDM calls out, almost never respond. One did – Troy Wolverton, San Jose Mercury – he promised to provide answers and never did…

  • lmasanti

    “the absurdity of your looney trolling, ridiculous naysaying, and insistence that up is down.”

    Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, allways said: “Lie. Lie. Lie… that always something remains!”

  • OlivierL

    Argh, a Godwin’s law hit after only 3 comments …

    But I do agree with DED about journalist’s accountability.

  • Albert

    It just blows my mind how absurd those articles are, I am so glad I do not have to read them all and point out their flawed thinking like Dan has to do!! Thank you for doing a great job.

  • Rip Ragged

    Huh. I couldn’t have said it better, Dan’l. Well. I probably could have, but that would require research, and as you know, I don’t do that. And then all that arithmetic. Ick. Keep up the good work. I’ll just make fun of them with broad generalizations and dirty words.

    Yo. My turn for the bathroom.

  • chefmitch

    Nice article – the amount of anti-Apple press has increased. It is unfortunate that most of the anti-Apple press is FUD and just plain craziness.

    How can anyone question that the iPhone is a huge success?

    I do 100% disagree with your stance on the lack of a right mouse button. I find the lack of a right mouse button to be a mistake. Maybe it is because I was a PC guy before switching, but having a right mouse button is much better than the control-click. Most of the time I use a 2 button mouse with my iMac, but when I use my Macbook I definitely miss not having a right mouse button.

  • http://homepage.mac.com/johnnyapple johnnyapple

    OK, I’ve just started to read this so I can’t really offer any sort of intelligent reply. The opening picture tells me I’m in for a good read. Laughing my ass off… trying to read.

  • ZrSiO4-Zircon

    Barron’s Mark Veverka
    On Barron’s Mark Veverka, you end the section with “Vererka, hand in your typewriter and go back to school.”
    Typo on Veverka’s name?

  • mmbossman

    @Chefmitch: You do know that you can “right-click” by holding two fingers on the trackpad and then clicking, right? If not, give it a try. It takes a while to get used to, but it becomes second nature even when switching between a mac and PC laptop.

  • chefmitch

    @mmbossman: Yes, I know that one. It works but (to me) still seems like a workaround and inferior to actually having that physical button.

  • ericdano

    It’s really sad to see that these people actually get paid for their articles…….

  • MMO

    buttons! buttons! buttons!, why do people want more physical buttons. I prefer the more with less approach, and clean design. But that is just me.

  • purejadekid

    @chefmitch: Don’t forget two finger scrolling. (But I’m sure you prefer having a separate little scrollwheel region so you can bump it on accident like on most PCs’ already-too-small touch pads.) Seriously, two finger scrolling is… how do people live without two finger scrolling? These are the kind of small details that Apple thinks about that just make so much more sense than the competition. Useful innovation, compared to, say, just adding more buttons.

  • http://www.jon-wright.co.uk/oldarchives/ mrunderhill


    “How can anyone question that the iPhone is a huge success?”

    Depends who you ask. For US Apple customers maybe, but not entirely accurate for us Brits or our European chums.

    It could however be awesome if Apple offered its UK customers the French business model where a contract is optional.

    With International sales accounting for 45% of Apple’s recent first quarter revenue results, i think it’s definitely an area with huge potential & promise :-)

  • retnuh

    As far as the right click things goes, it would’ve been nice to mention how you do it on the Air. After looking at the videos it shows two ways, two fingers held down while clicking, or just taping the pad with two fingers. Tearing someone down has more impact when you provide why their statement was without merit.

  • BigDan

    chefmitch – your MacBook does have a right mouse button. Just tap two fingers onto the scrollpad. It’s the quickest, easiest and nicest right click you’ll ever see.

    One thing that concerns me is that I understand tech quite well, and like many of you can see the anti-Apple agendas everywhere. It’s quite disturbing though to see this muck repeated almost word for word in the national press. The same info then gets handed down as fact on TV news shows, local press and then down to the workplace and school playground etc… Before you know it Microsoft is portrayed as trying to save the world from the evil iPod/iTunes etc… Total nonsense of course.

    The main thing though is that if we can tell it’s happening in tech, what lies are we being told in other spheres of interest such as politics, finance etc… If large tech companies can own influential tech writers I’m sure oil companies for example are doing exactly the same thing on a much, much larger scale. We wonder why those evil foreigners hate our ‘freedom’ so much. Maybe there’s another side to the story that big business doesn’t want us to hear.

    Just a thought. Thanks for another excellent article, great stuff.

  • gus2000

    It’s nice to know that Dan has a seemingly endless supply of source material. RDM über alles. (Oops, Godwin again?)

    You know, the tech press got in the habit of beating up on Apple for Fun and Profit. It was easy when Apple had a meager market share and no retail presence, since most Windows users have never even seen a Mac. But now the lies sound downright silly even to the most gullible rube when they can waltz into Best Buy and see for themselves. They can also ask a friend, since it’s more likely than not that they know a Mac owner (or at least an iPhone owner).

    These old dogs don’t want to learn new tricks, Dan. Looks like we need new dogs.

  • elppa

    The thing about the iPhone in the UK is:

    [1] O2 have never really had an EDGE network to be proud of, none of the networks have to be fair. The general consensus is Orange have the best EDGE network.

    [2] O2 could spend £millions on EDGE, but

    [3] What would be the point when a 3G iPhone is due later this year?

    [4] So – surely the better bet to invest the money in 3G technology, not EDGE. Especially as all their other 3G (HSDPA) phones will benefit.

    [5] This is not much consolation to current iPhone owners. I don’t expect the EDGE network to get significantly better than it is at the moment.

    The fact Apple have shifted 200k + iPhones in the UK is quite impressive.

    The N95 total cost of ownership is lower than iPhone here.

    You can get:

    iPhone – £269.00
    Contract – £35.00 x 18month = £630.00
    Total: £899

    Contract gives you 200 minutes and 200 texts.

    Or (this on T-Mobile)

    Free N95 – £0.00
    Contract – £30.00 x 18 month = £540
    Total: £540 (60% cheaper total cost of ownership)

    Contract gives you £180 to spend each month on either texts or calls (900 minutes). All calls at the weekend are free.

    I love iPhone, but given the choice of spending 60% of the cost and getting more minutes and cheaper contract and a free phone with 3G and GPS, it ain’t too surprising which one most consumers will opt for.

    Orange even give you an iPod Nano so you don’t have to use the rubbish music software on most phones. For free.

    Having four main networks in the UK, all in competition makes the market extremely competitive. We also have very keen watchdogs and regulators.

  • Rich

    “While high priced, the N95 doesn’t really appear premium priced to consumers, as Beer tries to maintain in order to explain why the N95 failed to outsell the iPhone despite its much wider availability and its bundling with cheaper tariffs compared to Apple’s iPhone partners in Europe.”

    Where did you/Beer get your sales figures for the N95 from? I’ve never seen Nokia release per-model sales figures unless they’ve hit a milestone.

    The reasons why the iPhone might have outsold the N95 are:

    – Apple has a fiercely loyal fanbase
    – Apple has spent a phenomenal amount of money on marketing, including a lot of in-store demo units
    – Apple can lever sales from their Mac/iPod products
    – Apple has one device, Nokia has many. How does the iPhone numbers compare against, for example, combined N-series sales?

    “While making a big deal about 3G, Beer failed to note that Apple’s iPhone can finish rendering web pages faster using the slower EDGE than Nokia’s lower end E and N-series phones using a speedier 3G network, due to a better operating system foundation (OS X vs Nokia’s Symbian) and better browser software.”

    Of course the iPhone renders pages faster. Most of these E-series devices retail unlocked and restriction free for $200-$400. They haven’t seen a real product refresh in well over 18 months and don’t run the latest version of S60. They feature 200Mhz CPUs compared to the iPhone’s 700Mhz CPU. With such a massive difference in processing power, OS foundation has very little to do with it. As you point out, both companies use the WebKit rendering engine. The rendering speed on state-of-the-art HSDPA Nokia phones, such as the N95 8GB, blows the iPhone away.

    “Using the still far faster WiFi, there’s no contest against 3G, and several of Nokia’s E and N-series phones don’t support WiFi.”

    Only TWO E-series phone ever released haven’t featured WiFi (the now defunct E50 and E62). The last N-series phone not to feature WiFi was the N73 released over 18 months ago. In the past 12-18 months, all E-series and N-series phones have included WiFi as standard.

    “Even so, Nokia continues to use a different browser and OS (Linux) as the basis of its slow selling and rather impractical N800 Internet Tablet because Symbian isn’t suited for the task.”

    That’s very debatable. I think it’s more likely that Nokia are making sure there’s a plan B if their Symbian strategy doesn’t work. No-one with half a brain likes vendor lock-in.

    “In any case, the reality is that Nokia and Apple can both cooperate and compete to deliver consumers a wider variety of high quality options, something Beer seems unable to grasp in his desperate attempts to downplay Apple’s success. Neither company has to lose for consumers to win.”

    Agreed. The N95 and iPhone offer different things. As one website put it, the iPhone is about consuming content and the N95 is about creating content. Over a billion phones are sold each year. There’s room enough for both Nokia and Apple.

  • BjK

    Really enjoyed the article, but I expected one on the latest Lyons article in Forbes. Reading it made me a little sick.

  • http://homepage.mac.com/johnnyapple johnnyapple

    The Bernstein Research clown, Toni Sacconaghi, can be added to the “moran” list. He’s the guy who panicked that AT&T stores where piled with dusty, unsold iPhones.

    He has now changed his mind but his math is still very wrong. First, he starts with the wrong number, 3.75 million vs. the actual 3.704 million, so he’s already 46,000 units off. He does not count normal channel inventory in any of his figures, nor the unknown number that were sold as Christmas gifts but not activated by Dec. 29th. His new advise to his clients is that 1 million have been sold unlocked.

    He goes on to predict that Apple will have a hard time reaching it’s 10 million goal stating “we expect Apple will have to lower the iPhone’s price, introduce new (likely lower-end) models, and/or forego revenue-sharing in certain geographies, all of which would compromise the iPhone’s economics.”

    Brilliant observations Toni!

  • harrywolf

    Great article, Dan!

    Bad products, no competition, greedy phone co.’s was the order of the day before iPhone.
    Now, at last, something different and very effective.

    All the pundits who failed to notice what a pile of CRAP cell phones have been until now, are scrambling to restore the dreadful status quo, because they are now exposed as fools at best, liars at worst.

    Ask any cell phone user and you will see how consumers HATE their cell phones. Look at the satisfaction polls done on iPhone versus the rest and SEE the difference.

    New is threatening, both to wallet thickness and inflated egos.
    Sadly, the current state of our human society is reflected in the sheer mass of stupidity and outright lies around the iPhone.

    Apple are threatening the status quo – watch the attacks get worse.
    Its becoming like the 911 fiasco; heads in the sand or you are a traitor.

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  • harrywolf

    @ Rich – don’t agree with your assertions at all.
    Just more factoids to endlessly and pointlessly debate.

    Hasn’t it already been shown that USERS like the iPhone and DONT like the rest, including the Nokia?

    The Nokias and the rest are exposed as bad user devices, angled towards ‘tough-guy’ tech types, who love an overly-complex and opaque OS and UI, because it gives them bragging rights and a kind of empty power over non-techies.

    I, for one, am sick and tired of objects that obscure tasks and protect their shockingly bad internal design with inaccessible ‘features’, and then persuade easily-led fools to call it ‘cutting-edge’. Then they add a touch screen? What a joke!

    Lets apply common-sense standards to everything from phones to cars to politicians and encourage simplicity, truth and beauty. (See Keats)
    Apple do better than most in that respect. No, they are not perfect.

    I applaud Daniel for applying common-sense in the world of computing, and recommend this site to anyone who is tired of the BS.

  • hrissan

    What’s the heck are you talking about here comparing phones with wi-fi? This letters themselves mean nothing. Implementation matters! I was using wi-fi on Nokia N80 – what a stupid mess! I hated it for its constant popping up, stupid questions and the fact that if you leave it “on” the standby time lowers from 70 hours to about 30. Now let’s look at WM – I owned ETen Glofiish and HTC 3300 – the winners of WM family. I could not figure out myself even how to turn the thing on! (I work as a team leader in software development :)). Again it was never working well and lowered standby time to less then 2 days. Now look at iPhone: wi-fi is always on and I do not notice it eats battery in standby. It never asks me dumb questions if I’m close to known network. It just works… All people have brain, but that does not help most of us to be clever and do amazing things…

  • http://thesmallwave.com treestman

    “What’s the point of fast wired networking and camcorder video input on a laptop strapped for RAM and processing power and really only designed to do basic mobile web, email, and office work?”

    This is essentially the same question I asked in an article last week:

    “What Griffiths doesn’t mention is that, since Vista’s inability to run well on older hardware is one of the reasons it’s not taking off, does anyone really want to run it on a 1 GHZ mobile processor with older graphics?”


    “…the overkill is spot on. All this I/O on a machine struggling under the weight of Vista on a 1 GHz processor?”

  • elppa

    “The rendering speed on state-of-the-art HSDPA Nokia phones, such as the N95 8GB, blows the iPhone away.”

    I imagine the loading speed does beat iPhone on EDGE and quite comfortably. I highly doubt the rendering speed will, considering as you say, they use the same rendering engine.

  • t.macman

    way to go dan! Apple must be the most critizied, and the most worshiped, company in the world. The only ways thee these blogers can fabricate stories like that I’d by skipping all the obviou details. I do how ever agree with pergrenerfors( the first guy to post) that you should provide links to the article your writing about.

  • shadash

    What about comparing the Air to the Asus EEE PC? The Air has higher specs, but I lean toward $300-$400 over $1799. E-mail, web, word processing are all handled perfectly on the EEE. If Apple made a 10″ screen I’d be all over it, but 13″ is too big to pay the premium over the Asus or even the regular Macbook (which, incidentally, I’m using right now.)

    [The Asus EEE PC is interesting and popular at its low price, but isn’t a competitor to the Air any more than a tape recorder is a competitor to the iPod Touch. The EEE PC is a tiny laptop that might be valuable to lots of people, but its gutless and has an extremely small display and keyboard that make using it as a regular system very impractical. Apple may venture into making a smaller, entry level MacBook at some point sharing some of the technology of the Air, but I think the company would prefer to position the iPhone/Touch as its ~$300-400 WiFi mobile platform.

    For mainstream users, carrying around an iPhone in your pocket makes a lot more sense than a PC laptop that is too big to be small, and too small to be of much use. – Dan]

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  • WholesaleMagic

    @Rich: The reasons you give for the iPhone beating Nokia’s N95 may be correct. However, these reasons are hallmarks of a successful business strategy that has seen millions of iPhones sold, while competitors scrabble for remaining market share.

    1. Apple’s loyal fanbase has been built up over years of quality products and decent service.
    2. Marketing is the way to sell products. If you have good marketing, you’re halfway towards selling your product. Anyhow, what are a few more demo products to Apple if they sell thousands more units because of them?
    3. Levering sales from iPod/Macintosh is yet another successful business strategy. I’m extremely happy with my Mac/iPod, therefore I’d buy an iPhone.
    4. One device is simple. I wouldn’t know the difference between a 6610/3350/6136/7650/8810/9300/E70/N70 if they spray painted themselves eight distinct colours and had sex with me in eight different tantric positions while shouting their names extremely loudly.

    Although, I’d much rather initiate intimate relations with an iPhone.

  • Rich

    Oops, poor choice of words on my part. :)

    Absolutely. It’s a fantastic business strategy and it’s obvious to all that it’s working well.

    Apple are also in such a position of power that they can deliver a phone with a singular vision. There’s zero interference from the carrier and that’s a very good thing. Too many other phones are ruined by carrier customizations. It’s like buying a Dell PC and finding it filled with AOL icons and software everywhere.

  • elppa

    Maybe someone is listening. O2 + Apple have just made their tariffs very competitive in the UK.

    No price chanages, they’ve just upped the minutes and texts. Plus UK customers still get free WiFi on the cloud.

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