Gizmodo Goes Bearish On The iPhone

Here’s the link, but this picture says it all.


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Comments (Archived):

  1. Mark

    I think it is pretty ridiculous for them to be so lustily gushing over the iPhone at launch (and before any unlocking / 3rd party apps), then bash it now when it is even better and cheaper than the launch version. How can they recommend people not buy this phone just because you can no longer SSH or run an Apache server off of it? I understand the principles behind wanting an open platform, but that didn’t seem to be an issue to them at launch. And just based on the screenshots above, I’d take the locked version over that purple monstrosity any day!

  2. Raj

    Facebook vs. MySpace

  3. Ted

    You know over the past few months I would sometimes cringe when you seemed to be quick to be an Apple contrarian. I am a longtime admirer of Apple and it sometimes felt as if it was a personal affront to me. Odd but, unfortunately, quite true. However, over the past few weeks Apple’s activities have somehow provided me with the stimulant to wake me from the Kool-Aid I’ve been drinking for years. I was never considered an Apple “fanboy” as I never had a problem with good MS products such as Office as much as MS bugged me. But now I feel as if I am looking at deja vu. Apple is today what Microsoft was in ’98. They do not care about their “base.” In the interest of pushing more units and ultimately chalking up short term profits and market share, they are going to lose that which made them special in the first place. Namely, compelling products with the users in mind. Now, it is Apple’s way or the highway. Of course this is their prerogative and right… but just because a company CAN do something does not mean that they should In Jobs megalomaniacal brain he has failed to deliver. Oh sure, the iPhone is svelte and beautiful and amazing in its cutting edge technology. But it is handicapped. While Apple was candid from the beginning by saying that it would not support 3rd party application, most were not expecting this to turn into an open attack on 3rd party developers. Even Wozniak suggested that Apple was okay with development so they had him drinking from the same trough as well.I bought an unlocked iPhone just recently. I knew full well about the imminent potentiality that the iPhone would be rendered inoperable with the recent ‘update.’ I read enough to know not to install it and then realized that I could do more with my hacked iPhone than I could with the official revision. I used to believe that it was ATT pushing this, but you know this seems to be consistent with Apple of the past year or so and I smell a Jobs here. Has this made me hate Apple? No… BUT I will say that I am no longer going to knee-jerk laud their products and sing their praises ad nauseum. It has also opened the door to consider alternatives. While it is doubtful that I will switch from my MacBook Pro to a Lenova anytime soon, the possibility is now officially there. All because of Apples heavy handed mentality.Attacking those who are curious, who love technology, those who embrace the word “geek” will only come back to hurt you. On many surveys, I have been asked “are you a person who people come to to make computer decisions?” or “are you in a position to influence a company’s hardware and software purchases?” In both instances, I am such a person. I can no longer claim that Apple is this warm and fuzzy company… it is now just another Microsoft who’s had an exterior makeover to make it look pretty and shiny.Sorry for doubting your contrariness! :- )

  4. RacerRick

    I can’t help but think that Apple has jumped the shark.

  5. one9

    There is now a youtube protest video re: Apple’s latest attacks on 3rd party dvlprs/:<object width=”425″ height=”350″><param name=”movie” value=”…”></param><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”></param><embed src=”…” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” wmode=”transparent” width=”425″ height=”350″></embed></object>I just converted over to Mac from PC (I’m actually waiting for my 17″ macbook pro to be delivered next week) I bought it because of the opportunity to use VMware’s Fusion to run mutiple OSs and I really want to learn Leopard. I never really liked Apple because of many things: DRM, Ripping off Artist Ideas by just saying they were “influenced”, I don’t own a iPhone but if I was one of the 1st time buyers, the price drop would have pissed me off too, and now its this bricking phones that ppl pay a high dollar for just because they want to improve their device. All these things definitely make me a bit more cautious into turning into a Mac robot. My next purchase was going to be the iPod touch but now that is kind of on hold…

  6. one9

    Sorry youtube video embed didn’t work, here is the link to the protest video:”Here’s to all of the iPhone “misfits, crazy ones”!”…

  7. Darren Herman

    Fred, I think you’d appreciate this quick posting. Drawing an analogy between an iPhone and a Buffet. Note: I’m a HUGE Apple/Mac guy.

      1. fredwilson

        i see you are using tumblr darren. how do you like it?

        1. obscurelyfamous

          just chiming in to say that i love my tumblr blog. 🙂

        2. Darren Herman

          Fred, I like the Tumblr blog so far. I wanted a quick & easy posting platform for “quick” thoughts and I knew of Tumblr and thought I’d give it a try. So far, so good. It’s like a combination of Twitter & WordPress. Give me a few more days on it as I installed it last night. I think I’m seeing you Thursday, so I’ll let you know.

  8. tlrobinson

    Ewww, the one on the left is UGLY. Geez. There’s a reason I leave it up to Apple to provide me with a nice looking user interface…

    1. fredwilson

      that’s the point. i prefer the one on the left. to each his/her own.

  9. ruya yorumları

    thanks good post