A Real Dance Partner for The iPhone?
It’s almost never positive to have just one amazing product on the market. Competition creates useful pressure in terms of prices and features, and spurs further innovation. Lack of competition keeps the best products and brands out of the hands of the majority of people.
So the iPhone, while great, has definitely leveraged its uniqueness for temporary premium pricing, much to the chagrin of early adopters.
But several updates later, the phone is more reasonably priced, very reliable, and has done wonders for advancing mobile computing. In spite of still being having a relatively low installed base world-wide.
Now enter the G1. Pre-release details indicate some important innovations over the iPhone:
- Option for keypad input
- Expandable memory
- Google Apps marketplace
Pricing is comparable at $199, but lack of video and a puny 1G memory are definite shortcomings.
This fall will be telling, but we may soon see a level of competition healthy for mobile computing, and for iPhone, HTC, TMobile, and AT&T.