Apple announced their highly anticipated iPhone earlier this month. If you want to see it in action you should check out the video of Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone. The iPhone has a PDA form factor but rather than use a stylus for text input and navigation it uses a “multi-touch” user interface. It looks like Apple nailed the stylus-less touch screen navigation. The scrolling, a kind of thumb/finger flick, looks awesome.

What confuses me, though, is the overall package and what need the iPhone addresses. Does that wonderful touch-screen navigation compliment its other features to create a unique user experience? It is relatively thin (0.46″) but it has a very Pocket PC-like 2.4″ x 4.5″ face which is largely filled by its 320 x 480 pixel screen. This is the form factor everyone expects from a pure video iPod but the iPhone will carry 4 or 8 GB of flash based storage which is Nano-like rather than the 30 or 80 GB disk based iPod. It has WiFi so browsing when near a 802.11 b/g hotspot should be fast but I’m not convinced that browsing on a 320×480 screen will be such a wonderful experience. Have I missed an important software breakthrough on the iPhone that will make 320×480 viewing wonderful? I have used a WiFi enabled Dell Axim with a 480 x 640 pixel screen to browse and it just doesn’t cut it.

I really like the iPhone’s Visual VoiceMail interface but its seems like the hard part is implemented by Cingular on the back end. The phone navigation looks good but is 2.4″ x 4.5″ too big to hold up to your ear comfortably? A Blackberry user pointed out to me recently that “nobody puts their phone up to their ear anymore”. Maybe.

Speaking of Blackberry, is the iPhone a threat to RIM’s dominant position in e-mail centric smart phones? It may take some of the shine off the Blackberry Pearl in the consumer space but anyone that values e-mail or Instant Messaging or any application that requires decent text input will stick with the Pearl.

I’d certainly love to play with one though :-)

Whadya think?

Wow, I’ve learned a new trick. I have been picking up the phone lately when telemarketers call and I have had great success (3 for 3) with “I’m not interested <happy voice> …and can I please be taken off this list?”.

No problem sir, goodbye.

What happened? I mumble something about a list and BOOM they are gone. That is awesome. Am I dreaming? Someone pinch me.

Duct Tape Stickiness

January 23, 2007

How can you not love a book that has duct tape on the cover? I finished reading Made To Stick the other day and really enjoyed it. The authors try to explain how to create ideas that stick. It is written in an easy to read style filled with tons of wonderful little anecdotes. If you enjoy Malcolm Gladwell you will love this book. Highly recommended.


Glenn Drummond posted a very nice comment:

I do hope you’ll use your blog as a vehicle for publishing some more of your images – they are really outstanding.

I hope to use my photos to compliment this blog and to change the way we view the world. With this lofty goal in mind I added a photo of ummmmmm….. my junk mail in the post Quicken Mimics National Geographic. Enjoy! Oh, and don’t forget to check out Glenn’s Blog.

Yesterday I received a QuickTax CD in the mail and I couldn’t stop thinking about National Geographic. Many moons ago I used to subscribe to National Geographic magazine. I did not renew my subscription one year and a stream of “special-offer” National Geographic marketing junk mail followed for years. The QuickTax CD is a different animal altogether. Its an installation CD. Remember all those AOL floppies that used to come in the mail and were attached to every computer magazine on the planet?

But here is the thing… the QuickTax CD almost looks like they are offering a free copy of the program. I have not installed it but I’m assuming after the installation they will redirect you to their website to purchase a license. Now I have nothing against marketing but what I’m curious about is whether this kind of marketing is effective. For me anyway, National Geographic’s aggressive marketing has made me fearful of ever giving them my mailing address again though I will still buy copies off the newstand… my privacy proxy :-) What happens when an excited customer installs the “Welcome Back” QuickTax program with the expectation that it will be free only to feel that they have been mislead? I dunno.

QuickTax Marketing CD