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  • iPhone: Attack of The Clones

    A new report on CNNmoney.com highlights what sounds like an epic battle straight out of Star Wars. But when you think about it, writer David Goldman has a point in his postulation that Apple shouldn't think it has already vanquished its 2010 competition. Next year, after all, could introduce an impressive array of mobile gadgets potentially more futuristic than anything from Star Wars itself.

    Okay, get the image of Steve Jobs with a lightsaber out of your head and consider the following:

    Just when it seemed like none of the iPhone copycats that have been hitting the market stood a chance against Apple's iconic smartphone, some new evidence is emerging that shows iPhone clones are getting a second wind.
    In just over a year, a veritable smorgasbord of iPhone clones have been rolled out. From HTC's G1 and the BlackBerry Storm, to the Palm Pre and all the way to the rumored forthcoming Google smartphone, the iPhone has withstood some hefty knock-off competition. The article from Goldman, however, speculates that round two may not leave the iPhone quite as unscathed.

    Earlier this week, data tracker comScore revealed research indicating that "interest in the iPhone" is plateauing, all the while iPhone clones are gaining ground in the smartphone market.

    According to the report, 17% of consumers who are shopping for a smartphone intend to buy a phone that runs Google's Android operating system, compared with 20% who plan to buy an iPhone. That gap is much narrower than the last study, which showed only 7% were going to buy an Android-powered phone, with 21% planning to buy an iPhone.
    Ultimately, no one is close to knocking Apple off its present perch. But iPhone copycats are getting better at their craft. What does this mean for Apple? While the rest of the market is busy emulating the iPhone, its time to put the creative wheels in motion on what's next. But some fear that Apple considers the iPhone too invincible to make any drastic or futuristic changes within the next few years. And by then, it could be too late.

    Analysts say the iPhone copycats are getting better, and many are even adding their own unique features like multitasking, physical keyboards and open-source operating systems.
    In the big picture, the iPhone is surrounded by an encroaching army of clones. And sooner rather than later, Steve Jobs will have to "use the force" to once again vanquish an army perhaps more powerful than Cupertino realizes.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone: Attack of The Clones started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. ultimatexpka's Avatar
      ultimatexpka -
      Quote Originally Posted by ecd5000 View Post
      how can you even call them "clones", if you are talking about those knock offs that were sold in china awhile back then yea those are clones the look and functions are remotley close. HTC, blackberry are not
      I think the only reason he did that is to make this story relate to the clones from star wars.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Apple has to knock us all out with the iPhone 4th Gen
      That's the problem. I don't think they do.
      There is still nothing to touch the iPhone. Android and Maemo may be good OS and getting better, but look at the hardware. Until they get the minimalist HW of the iPhone they are of no interest to me and lots of others.
      People are getting bored of the iPhone but that's it. There is still nothing else that I would consider. Apple are far more likely to just add a few more features to the 3GS for the next gen (3GSi?) than do anything that will knock us out.
      I hope I'm wrong.
    1. ch0sen1's Avatar
      ch0sen1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by badass1469 View Post
      i think that the iphone will always end up on top.
      so true!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Umm... have you even ever seen an Android OS? Have you ever used the iPhone? The bootleg similarities are so obvious. Pages you can swipe? Page button at the bottom? Threadlike messaging interface? Touch and drag icons? Enabling video with the slide button on the camera app? Their acclaimed "app store" (laughable)? There's more but i'm too hungry to go on. So c'mon now don't try and act like they aren't the features weren't derived from the iPhone.
      That's like saying Windows, OSX, and some distros of Linux have "bootleg similarities" in their look and feel. How about many web browsers? I don't see vastly huge mind bending differences between IE, Firefox, or Safari in their presentation to the user... Apple did things like swipe, drag, etc. that just makes sense for a touch screen device. Even the Windows Surface uses similar functionality and it is far from a phone. Using features that other devices use does not make it a clone. I would like to see someone call a Ferrari a clone of a Ford Model T. True, they are both cars, and the Ferrari came along much later than the Ford, but a clone? I think not.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      To be honest the only things that the Android does that the iPhone can't do is:

      Using the status bar as a gateway to other apps and as a notification bar
      Google turn by turn

      Everything else is pretty much the same - as long as you jailbreak. So put that stuff up against the best App Store on the market and then make your choice.

      I'm a modder and a gamer... the Apple App store provides the best hand held games, and you guys provide the coolest mods. There lies my decision.

    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      technology grows faster and faster every year....one company starts something innovative, the rest will follow.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      To be honest the only things that the Android does that the iPhone can't do is:

      Using the status bar as a gateway to other apps and as a notification bar
      Google turn by turn


      I like the status bar as a gateway but not enough to give up my iPhone.