A commenter on Henry Blodget's article on Business Insider, Hey, Apple, Wake Up — It’s Happening Again.
Once again, Apple has seized the early lead, launching a revolutionary product that is taking the world by storm. Once again, consumers are head-over-heels in love and Apple investors are dynastically wealthy and certain of the company's future world dominance. Once again, Steve Jobs is God.
And, once again, Apple is insisting on selling a tightly controlled, fully integrated hardware and software device while its major competitor--Google--is spraying low-cost (free) software across dozens of hardware manufacturers, driving for platform ubiquity.
The "Droid" and Google Phone are getting rave reviews, and technology tastemakers are thrilled with the platform's open-ness (in contrast to Apple's app-store, which continues to get between iPhone customers and app-developers). Apple, meanwhile, is coming under increasing scrutiny for being a domineering control freak hell-bent on secretly undermining its competitors (see the Google Voice incident).
Will the movie play out the same way this time?
Apple will thrive because of their insistence on quality. You just don't get it.