"* Apple did not invent smartphones. They took the idea and made the first smartphone that was user-friendly enough that normal people wanted one instead of just work-issued mobile email tools, so lots and lots of people wanted to buy one."
No. The first iphone sold only 6M. At the time, there were numerous smartphones, most notably the N95, that sold a lot more. Also, the first iphone wasn't even a smartphone but a feature phone.
That's completely ludicrous: either you're trolling or you didn't go through the iPhone revolution. The first iPhone was as much a smartphone as the one you have in your pocket.
I disagree. Without 3rd party apps, ActiveSync, and many other missing features, the first iPhone was pretty useless. I remember people at work camping out to get them, and when they showed them off I thought to myself "These suckers paid $700 for this?" It wasn't until iOS 2.0 and then the release of the iOS SDK that it really became anything more than a feature phone with a touchscreen.