Sorry, but I can’t help it. I’ve never been much of a MacHead (and yes, I work with them — I prefer PCs; as incomprehensible as the smug Mac using, hybrid driving, aerobics practicing, vegan eating, "socially conscious" would have you believe).
Nonetheless…the iPhone is simply a wonder of technology, and those who tell you that you can get phones for free are simply to be dismissed as clueless in this discussion. I went down to the wondrous (I mean it) Apple store at the local mall and stood around the table waiting to get my hands on one. There’s no substitute.
It’s true: we’re human beings and the tactile is — really, if you contemplate it — the most important data collector in our arsenal of senses. As much as going blind or deaf is terrifying to consider, imagine having no sense of touch. That’s the negative aspect, but the positive is equally profound. The Internet is wondrous, yet it always falls way short of delivering the sort of experience to be had by simply getting your hands on something. There’s millions of years of evolution behind that, and it’s going to take us quite a while to get anywhere near being able to meaningfully simulate it.
So you stand there waiting for your turn at the half dozen or so
displays that are fully operational, i.e., connected (you can even
place calls). You get more impatient and irritated at those taking their sweet time, incensed that they aren’t more considerate of all the rest of us, waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
Then your turn finally comes and after a minute or so of playing with it, realizing how much more there is to so easily discover, you begin to form whichever rationalization suits you as to why you’re not going to be very considerate of those waiting behind you. Like you, they need to learn a littler patience, and this is as good a time as any.
I love the device. It’s really the first phone with a web browser. That’s right. Everything previously has not been a web browser. Everything previous has been a miserable excuse for a frustration generating piece of crap that anyone ought to have been embarrassed to send out the door, and that goes for Blackberry, Microsoft, Palm, and all the rest of them who passed of shit. This is a real web browser that, I shit you not, rivals what I have on my desktop. I’m not even going to try to explain it because it’s pointless. You’ve just got to get your hands on one.
In the end, the thing that impressed me the most was how easy and simple it was to access so many of the device’s capabilities and features just from watching Jobs’ demonstration of the thing. This was really well thought out and just the technology in the touch screen alone (…and I hate to even call it that, because everything else known as a "touch screen" is using a club by comparison) is going to give them quite a head start, I think. …And the web browser; did I mention the we browser…?
I would love to get one now, but I think I’ll wait until any remaining bugs are sorted out and wait to hear how they’re regarded by people using them day to day in real live need. Also, I’m really bummed they didn’t make it in 3G when there are already 3G phones on the market (anyone have any idea when?). These were in the Apple Store, so they were running on 802.11, not the Edge network they’ll be on as soon as you’re out of WiFi range. 120kbps advertised, but I’ve never seen it even close to that. On my Blackjack, when I’m in a 3G area — which is all metro areas now — I get 600kbps routinely. That’s a huge difference, folks, and having that available completely eliminates the need to have WiFi built in at all. You just don’t need it.
Alright. Enough already.