There was NO smartphones before the iPhone. Speaking as a guy that used them all, everything else was utter garbage compared to the iPhone.
Ah. When in doubt, ad hominem it out!
They were garbagephones, not smartphones.
Please provide both qualitative and quantitative differentiation and proof that all the products you're slandering conform to those definitions.
Do you want the NICE answer or the HONEST one?
NICE: No. I'm not kidding you.
HONEST: No. I'm not kidding you. And if you weren't so hung up on brand fascism, you'd be adult enough to realize that I wasn't kidding in the first place.
Things like momentum scroll and pinch-to-zoom were made out of thin air by Apple. There was nothing like it.
Yes. You're talking about a singular FEATURE. Yes, the feature helped revolutionize the market. But the market existed BEFORE the feature. Simply because the feature becomes ubiquitous doesn't mean that the entity that introduced it created the original market, or that the market somehow died and was replaced by a similar (but not too similar) market wholly created by the people who brought the feature to you.
THIS is the REAL mobile market that Apple created from scratch.
Oh. Now we're going to go with a "No True Scotsman". Because the market that pre-existed Apple was somehow a "fake" market. But Apple created a "real" one.
I'm just going to laugh at this. That's about all the attention this deserves.
There was absolutely nothing like it, no matter how hard the Android/MS fangirls try to rewrite history to claim that Apple didn't invent the modern smartphone industry.
They didn't. The only revisionism is on the Apple Fanboi end (where you're coming from). They basically helped redefine the modern smartphone market. I'll give them that. And all of the big players in the market owe them kudos. But, getting down to brass tacks, they didn't "invent" it.
If you don't believe me, then explain why Google had to REDESIGN Android after seeing the iPhone introduction?
*Deletes the rest of the the Jobsian knob-slobbery as there's no arguing blatant fantasy.*