My iPod Touch is on order. Apple tell me it should ship around 28 September and I should have it by about 5 October. What I really want, of course, is the iPhone, but that’s just not going to happen in New Zealand at the moment. I want an officially approved, ‘works here because it’s supposed to’ model, not a hacked work-around.
Anyway, both the iPod Touch and the iPhone seem like a significant turning point in the way we do some things. Rod Drury agrees:
Is the iPhone a significant device? After a couple of days in Silicon Valley — I think so.
Firstly, they are everywhere. The table next to us at breakfast in the hotel, at Buck’s, in the car, at the beach, at dinner. In a large country they are a personal information tool. If you want to find a shop, a gas station, parking, what band is playing whatever — the iPhone comes out. And it works.
But what really hit me was how the iPhone plays a part in conversations. When you look around the cafe’s the iPhones are out. Initially the iPhone was the subject of conversation, how to use it, what doesn’t work well, what they could do better but then it changes to ‘have you seen …’, ‘what do you think of ..’, ‘here are some photos …’
The iPhone extends the conversation and what amazed me was — it is social. You pass it around, show video, email links between each other. It creates an immediacy of sharing information and tips.
[Via : Rod Drury > Tap, if you have iPhone.]
I use a wireless network here at home, and of course there’s Cafenet round downtown. How easy just to whip out the handheld gadget and google something, check a calendar entry maybe even look up the darned bus timetable while walking.
I can do some of those things, sort of, with my existing cellphone, but the screen’s tiny, the data costs huge, the interface tricky. I can’t wait for this new gadget!