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Top 5 most disruptive smartphones in the last 10 years

0. phoneArena posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:00

Now that the iPhone X is almost upon us, it made us wonder more about some of the most disruptive phones that have been released in the last ten years.

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posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:07 7

1. toukale (Posts: 170; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)

There is no doubt Apple and the iPhone changed everything we now take for granted. They gave everyone the template to what a smartphone should be. To me the biggest thing it did for me is the appstore. Man, the hoops I used to jump through just to install a program/software on my so called smartphone. It was hard man, not missing those days at all.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:30 1

4. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

I respect you for appreciating the pioneer of some of the things we take for granted today.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 15:04 5

7. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

While a central app store is most definitely mandatory these days, I didn't have that much problem installing apps on my Nokia N95

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 16:03

14. thxultra (Posts: 254; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

I remember seeing the 1st iphone for the first time and how drastic a change it was from anything else on the market. Being able to surf the net and have sites look like the desktop version was huge. The screen for the time looked amazing and everything worked great. Visual voice mail was first introduced also. The iphone 4 was also such a huge upgrade. The cameras were so much clearer and the high res screen. The S3 was the first phone that made me go away from Apple devices.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 22:54

23. theunspoken (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jul 2017)

Miss those days of looking out for .sis simian setup files for my nokia n70

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 10:54

28. Highside (Posts: 183; Member since: 31 Jan 2017)

Landscape slider QWERTY phones need to make a comeback. The lack of physical keyboards today is pathetic. I LOVED my Droids.

posted on 15 Sep 2017, 13:32

30. PhoneCritic (Posts: 1072; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

Agreed. thought It was not the first phone that had a true operating system that could be upgrade it was the first that the carriers had no control over and was upgrade by the device manufacture directly. At that time the carriers would not upgrade or add features to their device opting to introduce new features on newer models. I particularly Agree that the iPhone 4 and 4s were the cream of the crop when it comes to design no one could touch Apple in that regards until the Samsung S6 was presented.

And IMO the S8, S8E, Note 8 and as well as the LG v30 have risen to another level on the design front. the iPhone X came short with the "uni-brow" as said. Still nice but not as much as the others.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:11 19

2. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1669; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

While those on the list are certainly disruptive smartphones, I would argue that the Palm Pre should have been added in place of the iPhone 4. Heck, it even scored a 9.9 when you all reviewed it back in 2009. And we are still seeing to this day the foundation of gesture based controls and cards of WebOS being used in today's smartphones. It was truly ahead of its time, in my opinion. They just didn't have the right carrier to debut it on.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 15:34 1

10. bucknassty (Posts: 198; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)


posted on 13 Sep 2017, 16:26 1

16. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2170; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Not only did webOS bring gestures and cards, they introduced contact integration (Synergy), universal search (Just Type), wireless charging (Touchstone) and the first dedicated Homebrew app store (Preware).

Their downfall wasn't Sprint, it was their God-awful hardware.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 16:37 1

19. toukale (Posts: 170; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)

Well, if you listen to some of the folks who were there at the time WebOs failed because in those days the hardware just was not ready. A lot of the folks who help build webos came from Apple with Rubenstein. Some of those folks were on the team that lost to the ios team when Steve Jobs had the two teams working against each other.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 17:01

20. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2170; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Matias Duarte is the father of webOS and the push came from Ed Colligan, not Rubenstein. Duarte's webOS signature is now on Android since Honeycomb. If Google hadn't hired him Android would still be a heaping mess like Gingerbread.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 17:52

21. toukale (Posts: 170; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)

While a lot of folks likes to give Matias all the credits I would dispute all the credits he gets. I guess it comes with the job when you are the head designer. Understand the head of anything does not actually do most of the works. They do make all the major final decision though.. http://www.webosnation.com/father-webos-notifications-leaves-apple
This guy actually have some of the webos patents credited to his name.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 10:42

27. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2170; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

Bill Gates was Chief Software Architect as well as Chairman of the Board.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:23 4

3. disatrousrainbow (Posts: 43; Member since: 24 Oct 2015)

I was one of the first people in line to buy a Palm Pre, but while it had some really great ideas, it was not a disruptive for the simple fact it did not become popular enough to really shake up the market in the way the rest of the phones on this list did.

Certain traces of its legacy may live in the devices we use today, but that's not the same as what the Motorola Droid or Apple iPhone did for the smartphone market. Great list.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:31

5. AmashAziz (Posts: 1602; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

True that.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 14:56 3

6. trojan_horse (Posts: 5337; Member since: 06 May 2016)

Oh, the HTC Dream/ T-Mobile G1 and the HTC DROID DNA !!!

Nostalgia for real.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 15:44

12. Rocket (Posts: 470; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Thats the father of android.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 15:10 2

8. whatev (Posts: 475; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)

I’m an iPhone user, but if all, I think the only iPhone that should be on this list is the original iPhone, the androids should be out and instead it should be filled by Nokia phones: Lumia 920, 1020, N9, N8, N950 and the 808, those were disruptive phones but were not successful in sales, I think disruptive shouldn’t be the same as successful commercially, those phones were ahead of times but failed commercially

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 15:24

9. whatev (Posts: 475; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)

I forgot to mention the N900 with Maemo 5, a very versatile phone, I remember installing android and meego on this phone, you could do more things on that phone than on any android of that time

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 16:29

17. toukale (Posts: 170; Member since: 10 Jun 2015)

@whatev, I understand your sentiment and would agree with your android argument. Android contribution is cloning the iPhone and made it widely available to a lot of folks who would or could not afford iPhones. i am glad it exist. I will however push back on the rest of your list.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 02:57

25. Back_from_beyond (Posts: 169; Member since: 04 Sep 2015)

If it hadn't been for Android, Steve Jobs would probably never let iOS evolve. Jobs originally had no intention of opening up the iPhone to third party apps, but the Google announced that Android was coming with its Market for third party apps, something a lot of people, developers and journalists applauded, since Apple had expressed no interest in it. It made Jobs change his tune. The only thing that really changed for Android is that it was given a touch screen UI, like the iPhone. But it was nothing new under the sun, both Nokia and Motorola had full touchscreen UI phones out before the iPhone was ever heard of, but they never made an impact. Odds are if Apple had released the iPhone quietly, it would never have been a hit either. Jobs just knew that marketing makes or breaks a product. iPods were inferior products, but Apple promoted them to death and they sold millions even though they were crap and still are crap. The amount of marketing you do determines your success. As long as you have a decent product to market, people will buy it if you expose them to it.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 15:35

11. bucknassty (Posts: 198; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)

Can i have what you're smoking!

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 16:08

15. whatev (Posts: 475; Member since: 28 Oct 2015)

You can have my D... in your mouth instead, it would make you feel better

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 08:28

26. bucknassty (Posts: 198; Member since: 24 Mar 2017)

I guess thats how you get down.... if thats what gets you off... not my team bruh

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 15:56

13. Rocket (Posts: 470; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

Where's the original galaxy s with its amoled display?

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 16:29

18. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 2170; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)

The Galaxy S wasn't the first AMOLED display. My Omnia i8000 WinMo phone had one well before.

posted on 13 Sep 2017, 20:51

22. Jesseclark (banned) (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Jun 2017)

Where is the revolutionary S6 edge which made smartphones beautiful.

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 00:15

24. XaErO (Posts: 336; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

I believe that; Samsung Galaxy S2 was first to shake Apple and mostly gave inspiration to other smartphone makers .. which brought the thinner, lightweight, bigger screen smartphone trends into the market ..

posted on 14 Sep 2017, 15:37

29. fiji.siv (Posts: 91; Member since: 25 Nov 2015)

Nice balanced article John V. I think Antennagate deserves a mention because not only did it change how vendors QA their products but how they handle problems when they occur. (See Note 7.) Personally, I'd put the Nexus 4 as the pinnacle of the Nexus line. Compared to other phones of the time, the spec sheet was right in line with top of the line phones but priced like a mid-ranger. (As an aside, it debuted with face recognition to unlock and wireless charging... 5 years ago.)

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