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An iPhone 4 Recall Will Hurt Apple More By Opening Additional Opportunity for Android Devices Than Increased Expenses

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Wed, 07/14/2010 - 07:39 | 467780 Oh regional Indian
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Apple's iron grip on normally intelligent people's psyche is quite interesting to watch.

Such extreme opinions.

If you step back for a minute, you see you've just been herded into either corner. MS Bad, Apple Divine. Apple for gay artists, MS for engineers.

Fractally, just another divide and conquer move/victory by laughing powers that be.

I once bit a byte from an Apple.



Wed, 07/14/2010 - 06:56 | 467774 Puffer
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My G1 serviced by T-mobile was the worst choice ever. This device but especially T-mob, completely useless, cumbersome, without any attempt at customer support. Electrocution: repeated shocks with removal of charger. Remedy, use the damned thing for a camera, or phone back-up. T-mob then send a letter cutting off service. Oh ya - these ass holes come alive when its time to shut shit down. Android: what a hoot! Applications are so primitive that access to simple bank security cannot be supported. Purchasing via shopping cart over the net will not work - but phoning the outfit will? What good is it? Camera also is a laugh. Note: when you are on their (T-mob) shit list, they pass your name and other info around while making varied threats. Solution - remove battery, place on hard surface, smash with sledge hammer. Are you listening T-mobile? You suck.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 01:15 | 467720 dcsos
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Its a non-issue-

What fool operates an expensive iPhone without a case?

No no not the 30$ case

The $5 one you get from the street vendor protects you investment fine

No antenna problem

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 17:56 | 467318 Testicular Cancer
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One sign of a fanatic or a cult seems to be inability to accept legit & constructive criticism. Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, that guy from Waco; see a pattern?

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 22:17 | 467645 JohnKing
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Apple and google both have cult like followings.


If Jobs wanted to finish out the game correctly, he would fire up a search engine. Apple has enough brand to bring the visitors but I don't think google has enough juice outside of its clique to get another winner like search (which is turning into a pile of shit as far as results go).



Tue, 07/13/2010 - 16:22 | 467095 NoBull1994
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Nice spelling - "oppurtunity"?  Fucking retard.  Tyler, kick this fucker off the board.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 16:29 | 467109 truont
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You remind me of my 7th grade English teacher.

"Form over substance!" she screamed at us.  "Form over substance!"

That said, it is preferable to misspell words in the body of a work, rather than the title of the work...

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 16:16 | 467085 Scisco
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Great post Reggie. I would like to add something for you to consider. As you mentioned, Apple has a monopoly on all their products right from the store to the hardware and make sure that it stays that way. So, what happens when the next igadget is a flop. It is not like one can go to another brand. There will be some existing stock of previous versions but that won't last very long. All the money that was sunk into accessories, apps, music and video suddenly become worthless because it won't work on anything but in the igadget. That would piss me right off but then I never understood Apple products so I could be way off the mark on this one.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 16:06 | 467063 whatsinaname
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I like my new HTC Evo 4G thru Sprint.

Downloading movies via phone real time.

who would have ever thunk phones would move this far ahead so soon?

It has a super camera too..

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 16:08 | 467049 truont
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They should call it the iPhuckdup.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 18:46 | 467423 truont
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The banner ad above this article was Apple's iPhone!  How...ironic....

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 21:26 | 467600 ZeroPower
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I know its weird right?! For some reason whenever im on my fav pr0n sites i get ads for girls that are in my area and ready to mingle - never on any other sites though :(

What gives??

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 22:15 | 467644 RichardENixon
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Yea and all of them seem to want to be paid before they'll do any mingling at all. I'll be damned if I'm gonna pay for mingling.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 19:37 | 467498 playitcool
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Contextual ads aren't ironic. 

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 15:54 | 467025 Da Canuck
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I'm loving my new Android HTC Legend, which I've had for a couple weeks. Apple is the new Microsoft.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 18:59 | 467441 TinFoilHatMatt
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Apple is the new Microsoft.

So true.  I upgraded from an iphone 3 to the HTC Desire a month back, been really impressed so far with Android. The motivation for me to not get an iphone 4 was not so much the  hardware issue, but the fact that Apple has become soo mainstream.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 16:05 | 467060 Scisco
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Right on the money. What I still can't get over is how is Apple getting away with it. Microsoft got slammed because they bundled IE with Windows. Apple bundles everything together. Still waiting to see a version of OSx without safari or itunes.

Wed, 07/14/2010 - 06:58 | 467383 MarketTruth
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Apple is FAR MORE EVIL as you have to buy their hardware too. Where is a Dell or HP with an Apple OS as standard? And trust me, you do not want to know the politics and lowlife arm-twisting Apple does to music artists and recording labels. Apple makes Microsoft look like Mother Teresa.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 15:40 | 466987 Ripped Chunk
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Right on the money Reggie.

Apple clearly has a massive profit margin on this i -junk because the failure rate is well in excess of 20% if not 30%. Who else can pull that off?

It breaks. Call them up, BOOM! A box arrives at your home or office the next day and you have a refurbished or new unit back in 3 or 4 days.

Great business plan.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 15:27 | 466946 traderjoe
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It'll be a slow process of decline. The early adopters want to be cool. They want something different from the masses. They'll move on and create a new buzz on something. They want to discover something and show it off. And the AT&T network is groaning under the pressure of all of the data hogs...

The masses want to be cool, but they'll feel a little betrayed by this. They'll keep buying for now until the next alternative comes along. But it's a chink in the armor of AAPL. It's the start of the peaking of the lifecycle of the company - it's rolling over and 2-3 years from now you'll look back and this will likely be the catalyst...

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 15:10 | 466904 PicassoInActions
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He can solve the problem quickly. Unlock the stupid gayPhones and people will forgive him and will buy another 100 million of those.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 14:51 | 466863 Sudden Debt
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One of my friends already has one, and I've noticed they didn't even fix the 3GS problems and added with the new ones, my next phone will be a android.

On the other hand, I'm a old fashion kind of guy and might hold on to my old 3GS for at least another year. There's a crisis you know...

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 14:16 | 466737 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Ahhh pity, no more new operating iphuckers 4.0. Steve Jobs destroyed Apple in the 1980's. He should have walked away a couple of years ago while on top. History is repeating itself.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 16:13 | 467079 Rogerwilco
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@ Vampyro

Yeah, he's a real loser. My mortgage was paid off early because of his complete incompetence, and the 500 shares of AAPL I bought in 2003.


Tue, 07/13/2010 - 16:04 | 467050 whatsinaname
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built by suicidal Foxconn employees ?

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 14:40 | 466809 seventree
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Steve Jobs destroyed Apple in the 1980's. He should have walked away a couple of years ago while on top.

I would have to disagree. Jobs jumpstarted a flagging brand when he came back, mainly with design concepts so 'cool' they convinced people to pay double for an Apple product compared to a more mundane device that did essentially the same things. I suspect 2 problems converged here:

  1. The company started to believe in its own legend, thinking they could succeed in high tech business without really trying
  2. A series of pre-launch product leaks resulted in such tight security that there was virtually no testing outside the company

This is strictly from an outsider's viewpoint. I'm too cheap to buy their stuff, and too cool already to even need it.  :>)

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 15:10 | 466905 Vampyroteuthis ...
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I agree with you Seventree, Jobs did jumpstart a flagging brand. The problem is he will drive it into the ground if they pull stunts like pushing products too quickly. Reggie made the comment about the Iphone 4.0 being a good product. I don't know. That being said it won't take too much for the perfect image to fade if other "issues" mentioned in the article above continue. Digital empires vanish quickly. 

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 14:24 | 466775 highonlife
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One bad product is scarcely a good enough reason to make Steve quit. If that was the case, i wonder what you would say about the other Steve....Balmer that is.

Tue, 07/13/2010 - 14:34 | 466810 Reggie Middleton
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Actually, the iPhone 4 is a very good product. It's just that it was rushed out of the door, most likely crammed with ill-tested features in anticipation of competing with the upcoming crop of feature rich Android phones.

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