2008: HTC Dream / T-Mobile G1
The world loves an underdog, and despite being backed by Google, the Android platform came across as a scrappy David next to the smartphone Goliath, iPhone. The first Android phone out of the gate was the HTC Dream (a.k.a. the T-Mobile G1), a steal at $150 (with two-year cellular contract).
Clearly taking on the iPhone, the Dream offered better battery life, lower cost and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but the Android platform trailed in available media and apps. Yet less than four years later, Google's OS commands almost half the U.S. smartphone market, compared to Apple's less-than-a-third. Poor RIM slid to 12%: How are the mighty fallen.