If we didn’t have the iPhone and Android…

Had this interesting discussion the other day about the mobile landscape — had Apple not invented the iPhone and Google didn’t get into the mobile OS market and developed the Android platform.

Of course we will still have Symbian OS, Windows Mobile 6.5, BlackBerry OS, Samsung Bada and a host of other mobile OSes.

So discounting the iPhone OS (iOS) and the Android OS and while all the other handsets remained the same as they are today, which one would you have preferred using?

My guess is that the top contenders would be any one of the ff. handsets — Nokia N900, BlackBerry Bold 9700, HTC HD2, Samsung Wave, among others.

49 Comments on this Post

  1. cjportana

    Blackberry Curve 8520. Even though plasticky, I prefer the keypad than the Bold 9700.

  2. Jon
    Twitter: rand0m_insanity

    I’d be using WinMo for sure. I have tried Symbian but I found it to e too laggy in most cases. If there was no iPhone or Android, a lot of people would still he thinking that smartphones are for geeks and professionals only. 

    Not long ago, a “cool” phone was one that had a good camera, a mem card slot for extra storage, and has music functions such as a FM radio and / or an MP3 player. Now, its definition depends on either the manufacturer of the phone, the OS it runs on, or its special features like a touch screen and wifi or 3G connectivity.  

  3. Samsung Wave running on BADA OS

  4. 3210. simple lang.

  5. @abeolandres haha. It would still be a BlackBerry.

  6. rondizon

    @abeolandres Nokia N900

  7. android_fanboi


  8. Ligrev
    Twitter: Ligrev

    1. a BlackBerry
    2. a Nokia
    3. a Sony Ericsson

    either of the three by priority, with unli-data dapat. hehe.

  9. Boffill
    Twitter: Boffill

    Symbian is still the number one in the market. People are still inclined to Symbian OS phones even if there’s a lot of new OSs popping out of the market.

  10. Leo
    Twitter: leosmorales

    kung hindi dahil sa iphone OS, mlamang mabagal lahat ang mga smartphone ngaun, mlamang wla din android at bada, pero kung ngaun mwawala ang iphone at android, s bada ako, yun dn kc ang cp ko, samsung wave. hehehe

  11. ayaw ko ng blackberry

  12. Arvee
    Twitter: hahaharvee

    If we didn’t have the iPhone and Android? I won’t buy a new phone and stick with my old Symbian phone.

    I agree with Leo, pero Google already have their plans for Android within the year 2006 (they bought it in 2005). The same year iPhone was being set-up by Apple.

    Nakakalungkot lang, kahit ilang bagong OS na ang dumating, Symbian is still sluggish and won’t stay away from its not-so-appealing look.

  13. Jerome G.

    The N900 running Maemo and perhaps even Meego would trump them all hands down if iOS or Android didn’t exist.

  14. I’d say Sony Ericsson’s OS, but since I got a BlackBerry, I’m just loving it.. so +1 to BlackBerry OS!

  15. manibela

    Parang di ko nakita ang (ancient) Palm OS. Hehehe buhay pa ang treo 650 ko (though I’m not using it). I’m not a fan of transitions or any similar eye candy (I’ll turn them off if possible anyway) so the old Palm OS did it for me back then, snappy and simple (if it had a refresh or just got around the limitations, and the bulk of the devices, I might even consider it now).

    Right now I’m using a Symbian phone. I’ve had three of these in different versions and it’s pretty much the same experience, slow and sort of steady. But I’m not always in a hurry I guess hehe.

  16. yes i really didn’t have a iphone. Thanks for the suggestion.

  17. i would go for bb and htc…

  18. parenghilton

    hmmm kung walang iPhone at Android.. hmmm hirap naman yun.. naka Symbian siguro me.. pero iba talaga ang iPhone at Android eh.. daming apps…

  19. Ken
    Twitter: hotken_ph84

    I’d prefer BB9700.

  20. Ritche F. Baria
    Twitter: TsoiNami

    BlackBerry 9700 no doubt (or any BB for that matter)


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