Will the HTC Dream be an iPhone killer?

Will the HTC Dream be an iPhone killer?

Summary: Sure, we've heard about our share of iPhone killers including the Blackberry Thunder, Bold/9000, Samsung Instinct, Verizon Voyager, the list goes on. There are so many of them that I created a special category for them here at The Apple Core.

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Sure, we've heard about our share of iPhone killers including the Blackberry Thunder, Bold/9000, Samsung Instinct, Verizon Voyager, the list goes on. There are so many of them that I created a special category for them here at The Apple Core. If anything has a chance at catching the iPhone it's the Google mobile phone platform, Android.

Engadget reports that the long-awaited "Googlephone" may be ready to make its official debut as the HTC Dream handset, which just received FCC approval. According to the FCC filing the handset is listed as type, “Dream" with a model of “DREA100.” The following picture is from the FCC filing:

Will the HTC Dream be an iPhone killer?

T-Mobile, HTC and Google are believed to announce the Dream in September with an October launch.

Do you think that every time someone proclaims some new phone to be an "iPhone killer" Apple engineers tape it up in their lockers, Michael Phelps-style, for motivation? I do.

Topics: Hardware, Government, Government US, HTC, iPhone, Mobility

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  • By itself, the HTC will not kill much of anything, but, we might see the

    same effect that limited the Mac to an niche. Android phones will be available from lots of different vendors, and carriers.
    DonnieBoy
    • When you own all the niches

      You own the market.
      frgough
      • Apple was king with the Apple II, but, then slowley lost out to the OS that

        ran on everybody's hardware. Long term, the OS that wins for MID / phone platforms will likely run on more than just one companies hardware.
        DonnieBoy
        • Not sure, same argument was given for Play for sure

          before MS abandoned they partners & launch Zune. A mediocre OS won on top of commodity hardware mainly because proprietary format issues and planned lock-in to that particular platform.I dont see that happening on the mobile space.

          PF
          theo_durcan
  • RE: Will the HTC Dream be an iPhone killer?

    [i]Do you think that every time someone proclaims some new phone to be an "iPhone killer"? Apple engineers tape it up in their lockers, Michael Phelps-style, for motivation?[/i]

    It wouldn't surprise me. Seeing bloggers type the words "iPhone Killer" makes me laugh.

    It seems Apple's worst enemies when it comes to the iPhone, are Apple and AT&T.
    Badgered
  • RE: Will the HTC Dream be an iPhone killer?

    It's rumored that it will launch at the$149 price point for T-Mobile. http://htcsource.com as long as it's smaller than the iPhone and can fit in your pocket, HTC and T-Mobile won't be able to keep them in stock.
    nickmgray
  • RE: Will the HTC Dream be an iPhone killer?

    Anything can be if it's close enough in function and much cheaper in price.
    nothingness
  • RE: Will the HTC Dream be an iPhone killer?

    will this be as effective as all the ipod killers that have come and gone too? :)
    pah....there is a reason people have been using "ipod killer" for years now, and are now starting on "iphone killer" - nothing has actually killed either one yet.

    many phones can do the same/more than the iphone - but none so far have matched the UI and usability, despite the sluggishness of my new iphone.

    so i'll believe in a "killer" if/when it actually appears.
    lostincosmos
  • RE: Will the HTC Dream be an iPhone killer?

    Isn't the iPhone buzz over already just like the cuil buzz?
    Symbioxys
  • Why killer?

    I just don't understand why every new product that comes out must be a (fill-in-the-blank-major-competitor)-killer. Why is it impossible to forsee that both products can coexist? In fact, if any product was a (fill-in-the-blank-major-competitor)-killer, it would only serve to create less choice in the marketplace, which is almost always a bad thing (I say "almost" only because as soon as I say "always" someone will give an example of when it's not, like it matters).

    Let it die already.
    laura.b
    • It's like crack for bloggers

      Jonesin' for just one more hit.
      Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
    • re: Why

      Because the title "HTC Dream details" doesn't generate nearly as many hits as if you throw in "iPhone Killer?".
      Badgered
  • Why would you want to catch something that was behind you?

    [i]If anything has a chance at catching the iPhone it???s the Google mobile phone platform, Android.[/i]

    How quickly one forgets that RIM, Microsoft, and Nokia each sell more phones on their platforms than Apple does on theirs... by a [b]HUGE[/b] margin. Maybe you should worry about whether Apple has a chance of catching the current leaders before you start speculating about who will catch Apple. ;)
    NonZealot
    • hahaha

      You obviously haven't tried the iPhone out. Don't be so bitter, just go buy one and start enjoying yourself for a change.
      grey_christ
      • I did try my friend's iPhone

        It was, in a word, terrible.

        1. It is a [b]huge, bulky, and heavy[/b] phone, totally unsuitable for anything other than a belt clip or a brief case.

        2. I got quite a kick out of him swiping... swiping again, swiping a third time but much harder while he was trying to show me how awesome the phone was. USER EXPERIENCE!!!

        3. Safari was astonishingly bad. It was incredibly slow and I'm not just talking about the wireless speed. Whenever you zoomed in (only 4 pinches required, first 3 attempts were deemed not worthy by Jobs), it would take seconds before the text rendered itself at the new resolution so you were stuck looking at big, blocky, pixelated words for quite a while. I also quite enjoyed the checkerboard background that I had to stare at for 5 seconds whenever I moved around the page because Safari's rendering engine is so S....L.....O.....W....

        4. I will say one good thing about the iPhone, it boots up pretty quickly. That's important because it crashed on my friend while he was showing me how great his phone was. :)
        NonZealot
        • Given your history..

          of misleading and inaccurate postings about Apple, and your
          recent admission to being an "anti-Apple zealot," I'm quite
          sure that what you wrote is pure fiction.

          I work with at least 10 people with iPhones, and none have
          ever had the problems your "friend" has.

          If, in fact, your "friend" really exists.
          msalzberg
          • NZ's History

            You know, a while back after being accused of attacking Non-Z - whch i clearly was not and others agreed - I invited Non-Z to a nice rousing bout of vituperation, and he never did. I watched the thread for three days, and got nothing.... so it would be evident to me that Non-Z makes outrageous or unsubstantiated claims and then lacks the ability to back them up, and therefore does not.

            Just my $.02 on his statements!

            I agree with you.

            As to this being the iPhone killer - who cares?! It's on another service provider - and i don't see an HTC phone rekindling a desire in T-Mobile's network. It just won't generate the massive buzz because A) it isn't an Apple product and B) it's on the T-Mobile network.
            /A\V/
          • Non-Zealot's 'Friend'

            Sadly, Trolls don't HAVE friends...that's why they become trolls...
            edward.arnold
    • You're comparing Apples to Fruit

      At the moment there is only 1 (2 if you count the 3G as a completely different phone, though it's still 'the iPhone') Apple based phone. Which unique model of RIM, Microsoft or Nokia smartphone are you comparing the iPhone to in terms of market share?
      ViRaL1
      • No, I'm using the same comparison the blog did.

        The blog stated:
        [i]If anything has a chance at catching the iPhone it's the [b]Google mobile phone platform, Android[/b].[/i]

        I'm replying to the blog, what are you replying to?
        NonZealot