Is the iPhone a Smartphone or better ?

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People are still saying that the iPhone is not a Smartphone – I don’t get it – We even had a little debate over on Twitter about it the other day when someone mentioned this – I said that I thought it was – as Wikipedia’s definition goes like this …

A Smartphone is a mobile phone offering advanced capabilities, often with PC-like functionality (PC-mobile handset convergence). There is no industry standard definition of a Smartphone. [For some, a Smartphone is a phone that runs complete operating system software providing a standardized interface and platform for application developers. For others, a Smartphone is simply a phone with advanced features like e-mail, Internet and e-book reader capabilities, and/or a built-in full keyboard or external USB keyboard and VGA connector. In other words, it is a miniature computer that has phone capability.

As I typed into my twitter-feed that the iPhone was a Smartphone; I expected a barrage of abuse, especially from the Nokia devotees. I have a list called favfonefriends, and a lot of them love Nokia’s or are connected in someway to mobile tech but to my surprise one of them explained –

……… the time of launch you couldn’t install 3rd party software which meant it was classed as a dumphone not a smartphone.

The others agreed it was a Smartphone.

This version the 3GS was released on June 17, 2009. – With the 3.1 update on September 9, 2009.

Then as a bolt from the blue iPhone users started to say that the iPhone is far superior to a Smartphone and cannot be lumped in with the Blackberry, Palm Pre or HTC Hero and such like.

I loved this comment that I received by iPhone user.…

“The iPhone is so much more than a Smartphone. It’s a shiny slice of apple goodness with witchcraft


This quote is also being put around on twitter; I cannot find the original quote so I won’t reveal the source but its said to be someone connected with the iPhone…

“The iPhone is not a Smartphone because the other “phones” aren’t so SMART…”

So it seems to me that where as other phone users are allowing the iPhone to now have Smartphone status iPhone users are saying that it is far too good for that.

What is your opinion? Is the iPhone in a league of its own?

P.S I have mentioned no names in this but if you want it in let me know