2007, the year cell phones changed. Say what you will about the iOS/Android war, there really is no way to say that we would be where we are with smartphones today without the introduction of the original iPhone.
As we’ve been traveling back through the phones our own Jon Rettinger’s top 10 phones of all time list, he put the original iPhone as his number one, and I have to say I agree. It has nothing to do with bias, or being “Apple fanboys” – because believe me, we find plenty wrong in some of the latest decisions by the company – the iPhone simply changed the world of smartphones forever.
Before the original iPhone was introduced we were stuck with BlackBerry QWERTY handsets which were awesome for the time, but you always ended up complaining about them in the same breath. A few days after the original announcement, and some of the shock of what we had seen had worn off, reality set in for me, and I had this to say about the iPhone:
I think a lot of my excitement over the iPhone is more about what it represents, more than what it is. This is a huge step forward for American cell phones, but it still doesn’t catch us up with the foreign ones.
Little did I know it would essentially launch a smartphone arms race, but did anyone see Android coming at that point?
No matter what your current operating system allegiance may be, at least tip your cap to the original iPhone and how it created an entirely new market of devices that we all love.