Flop?

Epic belly flop.
Epic belly flop.

A few quotes from respected individuals who thought that the iPhone would totally suck.

This is not a great phone. It’s an interesting design.

via Rob Enderle, analyst with the Enderle Group

That virtual keyboard will be about as useful for tapping out emails and text messages as a rotary phone. Don’t be surprised if a sizable contingent of iPhone buyers express some remorse at ditching their BlackBerry when they spend an extra hour each day pumping out emails on the road.

via Seth Porges and CrunchGear

Apple will sell a few to its fans, but the iPhone won’t make a long-term mark on the industry.

via Matthew Lynn, a columnist at Bloomberg

I’m more convinced than ever that, after an initial frenzy of publicity and sales to early adopters, iPhone sales will be unspectacular.

via David Haskin and Computerworld

Implementing a cellphone is absolutely more difficult than anything Apple’s done to date. Go out and buy an iPod and hold it at waist level and drop it. That’s the end of the iPod. I don’t think Apple’s going to be a big player in this at all.

via Edward Snyder, analyst with Charter Equity Research

There is no reason to have an 8GB iPod on the phone. Give us a 2GB capacity so we can put our favorite stuff on it and listen when we want, cut the price to $299 and you may have something.

via Todd Sullivan, Seeking Alpha

[The iPhone] will have very little impact on the business community.

via Avi Greengart, analyst with Current Analysis

Sales for the phone will skyrocket initially. However, things will calm down, and the Apple phone will take its place on the shelves with the random video cameras, cellphones, wireless routers and other would-be hits.

via Michael Kanellos, editor at CNET

Fascinating now to see these quotes and find them so clearly wrong. I don’t fault them for their perspective nor do I look down at them for getting it wrong. They were using the best information that they had at the time and no one can adequately predict the future.

You and I do this all the time the only difference being that our thoughts aren’t recorded so publicly like theirs has (unless you blog about it).

The point is that we simply do not know what will work and what will not work. Not only that, but we all have varying definitions of what “work” really means (i.e. success). For starters, I could say that Pressgram already has achieved it’s original goal by functioning the way I had intended it to function. But, is that enough? Hardly. I’d like Pressgram to be used by every blogger out there if possible.

Haters and doubters will always be with us – we might as well get used to them.

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