When I look at the iPhone’s success in the mobile wireless industry, it reminds of the Motorola RAZR. People that owned the RAZR always loved to show it off and felt like they had gold in their hand. I sold those phones like hot cakes but I have never owned one. Never had to sell customers on the phone which helped fatten my pockets!!
Now, let’s look at the some of the similarities with the iPhone. Starting with the hardware and manufacturing, both phones were built to appeal to the masses by making their products sexy and appealing. The RAZR was the thinnest phone ever at the time but do you know how many people came crying to me that their screen cracked when they sat on it. Who puts their phone in their back pocket anyway?!?! Apple believes they created the look of current smartphones with the iPhone and are suing everyone they can to protect themselves. Unfortunately, they did very little to do that. They owe their success to Blackberries, Treos (650 specifically) and HTC. HTC has been manufacturing phones far longer than most consumers assume. They used to let the carriers brand their phones with their own carrier name. Remember the T-Mobile MDA? There it is next to the original iPhone.