This thing looks awesome. Some of the people who designed the iPhone have worked on it, and the device looks like an amazing mobile handset. I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to see what Palm does with this thing, and I also can’t wait to see how the iPhone OS evolves this year in response to it.
Whenever we see a device like the Palm Pre, or Google Android, we should all be very excited. Whether you love the iPhone, or prefer one of these other options, it’s great to see some serious, and interesting, competition on the market.
What I really hate, though, is all the talk of the “[insert name of device here]-killer”. We’ve all heard the term “iPhone-killer”, but now some are already spouting that HTC is going to release an “iPhone and Pre-killer”.
That’s just stupid.
None of these devices are going to “kill” one another – so can we please just grow up and talk about them for what they are? I mean, who goes around talking about a “PC-killer” or a “Mac-killer”. This is a term that I’ve seen mostly applied to the mobile space (including iPods)- and I can’t for the life of me figure out why people use it.
There will never be “one device to rule them all”. People will embrace competition in this market as long as their are innovators. With the iPod, we never really saw any true innovation that created an iPod rival, until years after the device had been on the market.
With the iPhone, however, the industry is reacting much faster, and creating some truly exciting devices. None of which will “kill” each other.
So I say we stop embracing this absurd terminology.
What do you think?