Did the iPhone have any effect on the smartphone market?

The dominate smartphone platforms in June 2007 were:  (a) Windows Mobile; (b) the Palm OS; (c) Symbian; (d) BlackBerry.  Of these, only RIM’s BlackBerry continues – the Palm OS is gone, Windows Mobile is gone and Symbian is on its way out.  There was also “proprietary” operating systems made by carriers primarily, but those were not driving the sale of smartphones.

Without a doubt, Apple changed smartphones forever with the release of the iPhone in June 2007.  It is amazing how far things have come in 3 1/2 years.  Below are some pictures of what smartphones were available at or around the time of the iPhone’s release.  All images were found at the Internet Archive using The Wayback Machine or where indicated.

Check out the evolution of smartphones in this slideshow which I put together:

Posted by Shawn Roberts

On this blog, I write about and try to answer practical Oklahoma legal questions. My focus and most experience is in estate planning and business issues including Oklahoma non-compete law. I make a living as an attorney in the law firm I founded, Cazes Roberts, PLLC in Oklahoma City. I live in Edmond with wife Amy and my two children, Sam (17) and David (9). We live precisely in the path of where the "wind comes sweeping down the plains."