BUT the true genius of the iPhone is the application platform. All kinds of companies producing all kinds of applications. Almost 10, 000 available so far. Like the ones I have that show me any piano or guitar chord I want, and the one that I use to tune my guitars and my bagpipes (ok, so I've never quite managed that, but not the point.) And the storm radar. And Facebook. And playing catoons in the car for my kids via youtube. And GoogleTalk. And the Complete Shakespeare. And the "Now Showing" movies near me. And google earth, maps, streetview. And Qantas flight schedule. And Translator, instant conversion of my typing into any language.
I'm curious Eorl....
How often do you need to be shown a music cord, view storm radar, or go on Facebook? How far do you drive with your kids that they need entertainment? How often do you settle down to read the complete works of the Bard, or have to see what's showing at the movies. How often do you book flights?
Not being sarcastic. If you travel regularly through areas that are going through rough weather, on your way to a location where you'll need to know a new guitar chord, while your kids need to be entertained in the car while you drive to the airport, either by watching cartoon, reading Hamlet or seeing where the latest movie is playing, then a device that does all that is a must have.
It's just that, to me, those items seem more like excuses to buy something.
I remember when the internet was just catching on. I was working an extra part time job at a phone survey place. We were conducting a survey on what people would do with the internet, if they had it.
People in general had no idea. I sure didn't know what I'd do with it at the time.
What was funny was that to get the people talking, we would put forth various uses, and ask if they would be interested in that.
The one that always got the most positive response........?
looking up recipes.
oh yeah, today I'm contantly on the internet collecting recipes (not).
but at the time, that's all a lot of people could think of using it for.
My opinion is most of the applictions for the iphone are just gimmicks to get you to buy one, and a few generations of the iphone from now will be offering apps with more meat to them.
Then, people will be chuckling over the fact they used to have to find stuff to do one them, like study the weather radar or look up a movie time.