01/04/2012, 08:33 PM
Despite your attempt to limit my choices, I will still use Apple in my example. Windows succeeded despite being buggy and deeply flawed from the beginning. Microsoft used some very shady tactics to get costumers and keep them, strong arming hardware makers and stealing technology from competitors that were too weak to challenge them in court. Windows 1 through 3 were disasters. Windows 95, 98, and ME were only ment for stand alone computers and lacked the security required to connect to wide area networks. It wasn't until Microsoft designed a desktop operating system (Windows XP) around there network operation system (Windows NT/2000) kernel that we started to see the stability and security that other operating systems had. Which they promptly screwed up with Windows Vista and fixed by removing some of the overhead to make Windows 7. Mediocre product line, excellent and cut throat management, excellent marketing, highly successful.
That's just your opinion, not everyone's opinion.
Give some examples of a mediocre product that succeeded over a product that failed that was supposed to be better.
Please don't use Apple, because a product is more than just specs that are better. Apple makes products for the masses that are easy to use, well designed, and just works and not for geeks that want to tinker.
Just for added clarification, JD Power and Associates does surveys on all kinds of products from the masses on how they rate the products they use...
Gadgetbox - iPhone again No. 1 in customer satisfaction: J.D. Power
I don't think a mediocre product gets rated highest 6 times in a row.
Looking forward to your list.
Apple has for the most part always made great desktop computers and dominated the field early on. However, do to poor management decisions in the late '80s/early '90s they lost that dominance. Their market share plummeted to 4% of the total PC market and stayed that way for close to 15 years. The products were superior in ease of use, security, looked good, and were ahead of their time in some aspects, yet they were relegated to a niche market. They were not resurgent in the PC market until 2007. They are still way behind Windows PCs today despite the resurgence. Great superior products, poor management (until Jobs regained control of the company), non-existent or little advertisement, not successful (4% of market share vs 90%).
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