Here are two postcards from the front lines of the smartphone wars.
The first, at right, shows three college students from Monclair, N.J. -- Matt Dodd, 18, Sam Epstein,18, and Keith Hobin, 19 -- huddled under borrowed umbrellas in front of Apple's (AAPL) flagship New York Fifth Avenue store to buy the latest in multitouch cellular technology.
They arrived at 7 a.m. EDT, 24 hours before Apple is scheduled to begin selling MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 18, 2009 3:14 PM ET
Rumors -- later proved false -- that Apple's (AAPL) newest retail outlet in Manhattan was going to open at 6 a.m. and give free MacBooks to the first people in line drew a huge crowd on Friday. Early arrivals braved snow flurries and freezing temperatures for up to 14 hours.
By the time the store finally opened, as scheduled, at 6 p.m., the crowd had swelled to more than 1,600, as MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 10, 2007 12:08 PM ET
With its third retail outlet in Manhattan set to open tomorrow, Apple (AAPL) gave the New York press a preview this morning of what it bills as the metropolitan area's largest Apple Store.
The renovated 1920's building sits at the corner of 14th Street and 9th Avenue, on the border of Chelsea and New York City's meatpacking district.
It's a lovely spot, across a little triangular park from the Old Homestead Steakhouse MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Dec 6, 2007 2:28 PM ET
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