5 devices once thought to be original iPhone killers

5 devices once thought to be original iPhone killers
As we’re nearing the 5-year anniversary of the original iPhone’s release here in the US, we can’t help but recall how much of a profound impact it made in the mobile landscape. Before its arrival, smartphones primarily consisted of portrait QWERTY devices  like those that came from RIM and Palm – with a few touch options from the Windows Mobile smartphone camp. Revolutionary in many ways, Apple’s pride and joy didn’t only shatter our perception of what it means to be an aesthetically good-looking smartphone, but it seemingly left the competition in the dust in terms of the platform experience.

Well, as everyone else quickly tried to keep pace with the iPhone, we were all introduced to devices that were given the notoriety of being an “iPhone killer.” Nowadays, the terminology is sparsely used, seeing that we’re surrounded by many smartphones that are on the same pedestal as the iPhone – well, in terms of popularity and sales. However, during the original iPhone’s early days, it seemed like the coined term was being tossed around by many devices, and of course, some were more memorable than others.

With that in mind, here are 5 devices once thought to be original iPhone killers. If you owned any of the mentioned devices, were you gung-ho telling friends and people about the superiority of your device?



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166 Comments

1. abhishek48

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

REAL IPHONE FILLER IS GALAXY S2 28 million sold in 11 months still going strong, its galaxy s2 which made good reputation for samsung and galaxy s3 sold 9 million preorder. IPHONE IS KILLED

20. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Stop lying to yourself, I do not own a iproduct and I can tell you galaxy is not close to it. Yes, the galaxy sold compare to other phones, but compare that 28 million to all the iphone 4s or iphone 4 sales and it will look like a psp (75 million sold) to nintendo ds (150 million sold) it does not mean the psp sold bad, it just mean it is not a killer just like the galaxy towards the iphone.......Quick question guys I have the Galaxy Note for AT&T, when do i receive Ice Cream

28. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

soon...

164. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

i posted this reply here as i wanted my be displayed on the first page.. LOL!! Just for fun..!! nothing else :D

53. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

In the next few weeks. Good post too.

116. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

GALAXY S III is the only competitor against the Iphone

145. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

All the down-voters are blind to the truth. In terms of sales, iPhone is still king.

21. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

That is indeed a great phone and now that has entered in the mid range segment and others won't stand a chance against it in Mid Range, but still that depends on the users, as for me i would take a SGS II as i don't have lumps of money to buy the New S3. I find this phone to be the best in the Mid Range according to me..

37. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

There is, never was, and never will b an iPhone killer. The galaxy line,iPhone line r both top end devices, and appeal to their own sector of the tech crowd. The 4S sold over 37,000,000 phones in the 4th quarter alone, please explain how the galaxy which extremely well itself killed the iPhone.

58. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

It's easy, the 4 quarter is the biggest selling time of the year for phones first of all and the Galaxy S III hasn't been out that long. So if we count first week sales. iPhone 4s world launch sold 4 million, while the Galaxy S III sold 9 million before opening day in only a few countries. Completely outselling the iPhone = the iPhone killer. I hoped this helped.

62. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Those aren't even official numbers so lets wait and see. Also iPhone is coming out soon. Regardless even if the SIII outsells the iPhone (first time that would happen) it won't kill the iPhone by any means.

91. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

When the iPhone sells more, it's ALL about sales. When it gets outsold, it turns into being about the phone itself, which somehow magically seems to be in the benefit of the iPhone regardless of the other device and it's functions. You only use "facts" that make your beloved Apple come out "on top". You have yet to post a logical comment..

92. ApphoIe

Posts: 78; Member since: May 31, 2012

Welcher.

103. iphoneisthebest79

Posts: 70; Member since: May 23, 2012

here in France, as i see in the streets, you can find 5 people from 10 have iphone.... and you still belive there are an iphone killer ... wake up samsuck fans the iphone 5 judgement day arrive

108. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

Cool story bro.

165. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

its not going to be called the iPhone 5. it wouldnt make any sense to call it that considering the 4s is the fifth generation of iphone.

123. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

No I didn't help it was a dumb statement. U compared the galaxy s 3 to the 4S. You're comparing samsungs unreleased or barely released phone to apples 8 month old phone which has sold over 40,000,000 so far this year. Compare the gs2 to the 4S which has sold 3 times as much as the gs2, and the gs3 to the next iPhone dumb a$$. I hope that helped

124. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

And one more thing the iPhones 4 million was in America only

113. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I dont understand the thumbs down. You said it almost perfectly. That both have a target market. What's up with everybody wanting one thing to be the best? There are reasons why the PS3 is considered the best and why the 360 is too. The years teams won the Super Bowl as an 8 seed....on paper and technically they werent the best team. But they got it done when it counted, the ball bounced their way, etc. And why must one phone die for another to be a success? There is enough pie for at least 3 mobile OS's to be considered the best. And when you factor in preferences, pros n cons...there will never be 1 phone thats the best.

157. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Well said, jroc. I've said this before, but I have an Android (LG) and my wife has an iPhone. I like them both. Both have pros and cons. Some people just can't get over their strange sexual fetishes with their devices or their operating systems.

45. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

27,000,000 in 11 months vs 37,000,000 in 3 months. Yep it sure killed the iPhone. I guess it was the iPhones silver bullet huh lol

163. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

It's just sad that other people don't know how to handle android phones their a little bit advance and good for those savy users that's alot of people buy the iphone hype+ease of use, come on even a grandma can use an iphone it's that funny :)

67. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Yeah yeah, fandroids IQ will always be like this,

70. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

!!! RECIPE HOW TO KILL iPhone !!! Need to do only one thing! When iPhone 5 comes out, need to cut off iPhone 5 prices. In other words need to make iPhone 5 price realistic, not overpriced. After that, fashion victims and technologically incompetent people will lose interest in iPhone because only significantly increased price makes them think that iPhone is some kind of 'elite' device... After that iPhone's artificially inflated popularity-fashion bubble will pop!

109. Astreo

Posts: 105; Member since: May 05, 2011

200$ really isnt that painful when you see other phones starting at 250$-300$. especially the newer droid lines.

110. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Such situation isn't in all countries, in most countries iPhone 4S cost in one third more than other high-end smartphones. For example at the moment in my country Samsung Galaxy S III is at the same price as iPhone 4S 16GB (both without any contract). And Samsung Galaxy S II is cheaper than iPhone 4 8GB (also both without any contract).

125. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Another dumb statement

161. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Another dumb statement" Could you explain your statement?

147. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

You cannot be serious. I have owned 4 Android devices thinking the next one will be better than the next, giving Google a little more room to fix mistakes. Well they didn't. I have had GPS issues, battery life, overheating, apps crashing, reboots, the apps are poorly designed and the phones lag like a turd even with these cool dual core processors. I can go all day long. The iPhone has great stability and lasts more than one year. A family member of mine had the 3gs and it runs fine with no problems. I recently just got hired in at Sprint and I can't even tell you how many people I see EVERY SINGLE DAY switching from Android to the iPhone. Why not? Good battery life (even with emails pushing), the apps are approved from Apple so there isn't garbage/spam that users can get, Facetime (I have tried all on Android and they SUCK), and another favorite tweak of mine is group texting. The iPhone is a much more superior device than any Android phone. Take it from someone who has owned 4 of them. Why do you think EVERY SMARTPHONE ON THIS SITE is compared to the iPhone? Because the iPhone is the best. You pay $650.00 for a brand new iPhone. You pay $600 for a new Android. If you can't afford it then its on you, but I would recommend the iPhone to anyone. Even if you like to root your phone, the iPhone has way better tweaks with cydia IMO.

155. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Not true.

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