Happy birthday iPhone!!!
The most impressive phone at the time of iPhone's release, was Nokia's N95, see http://www.pcworld.com/article/130064/nokia_ships_its_first_gps_phone.html. The N95, a slider phone, was the first one to feature GPS. Some more highlights were: 5Mpix camera, VGA video @30 frames/s, 2.6" display 240 by 320 pixels, HSDPA (high speed internet) and Wi-Fi. The N95 contained 150 maps for cities worldwide. It cost US$732.
First reactions among people in the mobile business here in Sweden when iPhone was announced in January 2007, was that it looked good, but was clumsy and didn't feature 3G. Who would want such a brick stone in the pocket. A big format was a curse that had been overcome; small was the way to go as it had been for some years already. Not to worry. The N95 is the one to play catch-up with.
It's interesting to read this review of the first generation iPhone: http://ipod.about.com/od/iphoneproductreviews/fr/iphone_review.htm. Its frame of reference is Apple's iPod music player. The review sums up the pro's and con's:
- Beautiful interface
- Terrific integration on phone and with computer
- Excellent Internet and iPod features
- Near-revolutionary device
- Battery life needs improvement
- EDGE network is slowish
- Some program crashes
- Incompatible with many headphones
- AT&T customer service is lacking
- High price ($399)
There was no App Store at the time, so the device only had built-in apps. The App Store opened on July 10 2008, about four years ago, a year after the iPhone.
On iPhone's 5th birthday it's safe to say that the device was revolutionary (not near-revolutionary) and that it wasn't overly expensive.
Here's to iPhone!