The iPhone is not a phone
So now it's a week later, and I've come full circle to where I was when I first heard the announcement: I think it's not a phone. It's an entertainment-focused mobile computer.
The lack of a keypad makes it harder than a regular phone to dial, and SMS will be awkward to use. That's a substantial barrier in the US, and an even greater drawback for a phone in Europe and Asia. (Hey, mobile phones have failed in Europe just for having the keys poorly arranged.) The battery life also looks like it may be disturbingly short.
- 01-19-2007, 07:27 PM #2
Yeah. I read Mike Mace's piece too and think he's right.
Apple has created a new market segment here with the iPhone. Maybe that's why there's so much hoo-hah about it.
It's the fact that it's new territory so everybody gets to make up an opinion (and because the iPhone is still vaporware they get to make up their facts, too).
And because it is a new market segment there is no common frame of reference to discuss this thing. Some people are approaching the iPhone from the iPod paradigm. Some are approaching it from the Treo paradigm.
When there is a common frame of reference you can make useful comparisons. Treo vs. Blackberry is a common frame of reference. Treo vs. MP3 player is not a useful comparison because there is no common frame of reference.
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I can't wait to see how "limited" the connection is...with Safari optimized for EDGE, there's a decent chance it'll exceed my Blazer experience.
What's your problem with the "closed form" entertainment?
Lastly, duh..it's a phone. Can you make a PHONE call on it?
- 01-19-2007, 11:44 PM #10
Oh yeah--it's a phone I can call you, you can call me. IT IS A PHONE, deal with it.
If that motorola palmtop that required a headset to use was a phone, then this is definitely a phone. Anyone remember that phone? It looked just like this:
- 01-22-2007, 12:38 PM #11
Now, armed with the basics in English grammar, go back and re-read the statement.
- 01-22-2007, 09:17 PM #12
You are not going to score any points by correcting english here.
I don't see any contribution about the original discussion.
Half the people here type on their Treo's , cut him some slack.
If iphone is not a phone, than earth is not round and we are not discussing iphone on treocentral and palm does not sell Treo's and Treo's lack a keyboard ....
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