Time Magazine: Apple iPhone is THE invention of the year!

Time Magazine: Apple iPhone is THE invention of the year!

You can love it or hate it, but the fact stays that Apple’s handset made other handset makers “think differently.” We saw such players as Nokia and Sony Ericsson unveiling their plans for the future, which are in many ways inspired by the iPhone. Hence, it doesn’t surprises Time Magazine gave the iPhone a prestigious “Invention of the year” title. Outlined reasons are: it’s pretty, it’s touchy-feely, it will make other phones better, it’s not a phone – it’s a platform, and it is but the ghost of iPhones yet to come. Somehow I agree with every single point.

As a reminder, YouTube won the same title last year…

[Via: textually.org]

  • Chris

    SE have had touchscreen phones for an age as have Nokia, indeed both have had plans to release touchscreen devices so I refute the fact that everyone seems to think that apple was first and all others are following them. I do agree that apple may well have speeded up the release of touchscreen mobiles from the big players.

  • Viipottaja

    Chris, AMEN. E.g., the Nokia “iPhone clone” proto has apparently been circulating in Nokia corridors in various forms for 2 years already. So much about it being a clone.. It is just mind boggling how supposedly expert tech journalist even seem to assume you can just snap your fingers and release an “iPhone clone/inspired phone” six months after the iPhone release.. phh… sometimes thinkging helps.

  • Will Park

    I keep hearing the same thing. Nokia, SE has had touchscreens before.

    No one is refuting that fact. Touchscreens have been around on WinMo devices for even longer than 2 years. The iPhone spurred innovation in design (finger-based touch) and technology (multi-touch, capacitance touch), just to start. There is no denying that every manufacturer out there is chasing the iPhone – and that’s a good thing.

    Invention of the year – I agree. But when I go to conferences, I’d rather take my Nokia N95 for video recording and photo purposes.

  • HoneyBee

    Seems like the author (like many other Americans) have never fully experienced Nokia or SE phones in the last few years. How can he miss the 3rd party software support on the Symbian OS!

  • Andrew

    That Time article sounds like someone chose it should be number one and then someone else wrote the article, someone who didn’t know what they were talking about.

    “The iPhone gets applications like Google Maps out onto the street, where we really need them.” – Yeah, except every other smartphone in the world already had it, Apple merely took credit for it.

    And there’s some more crap about how the iPhone is the first true handheld computer because it has OSX which apparently is the first mobile platform. How is it more of a platform than Windows Mobile or Symbian, both of which offer more freedom?

  • Stefan Constantinescu

    Apple nuts defy logic, it is a part of life i have accepted a long time ago.

  • dusanb

    I do agree that both Nokia and Sony Ericsson had touchscreens long before the iPhone. However, it’s worth noting that Nokia’s VP basically admitted they ARE copying Apple. In addition, one slide from Sony Ericsson’s recent conference says “it’s all about user interface.” How the hack they haven’t figured that out before…

    That doesn’t mean I don’t agree with Stefan – Apple fans are somewhat strange to comprehend, but also Nokia fans aren’t far from that as well. Various points about “Nokia haven’t copied the iPhone” are kinda annoying when we saw Nokia saying they have. 😉

    Anyway, the Time’s article point I agree the most – iPhone WILL (and already does) make other phones better!

  • KPO’M

    While I certainly agree that the iPhone is certainly the most influential phone release in years, Time Magazine is starting to irritate me with their incessant “fanboyism” of Apple that has gone on for many years now. It is to the point that their “news articles” read more like PR pieces for Apple. They went absolutely gaga over the lamp-like iMac released in 2001, and made the same grandiose predictions about how that was going to change the world. Instead, the lamp design quietly went away, and it was fully functional notebook PCs (such as Apple’s own iBook) that were the real revolution. Time has a history of overhyping Apple products. iTunes was their invention of the year in 2003 (which has rung true, but in some ominous ways as well as good ways), and they even had kind words to say about ROKR and AppleTV when they came out.

    Also, the point about “Google Maps” is rather silly, considering that every phone can run Google Maps, and BlackBerry has set the standard for GPS in phones for quite some time. I suspect Apple will take aim at it next year, but clearly the iPhone 1.0 is a work in process, and notable for how much it left out as it put in. That the author displays such ignorance about what was already out there doesn’t say much about the magazine’s standards.

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