iPhone, It's For Fun – Not Business?

It kills me that the critics are STILL trying to group the iPhone’s value into the realm of unrelated devices such as the Blackberry. At the same time, some writers understand this and have reported on the matter with plenty of accuracy. Even punits such as Dvorak, have given their critique regarding the usability of the iPhone. He brings up good points, unfortunately I can’t believe anything he says anymore

But even taking a shaky level of integrity into account here, John may be right as to the user’s desire for a keyboard on their mobile device. Heck, this is something that I would want from my phone should I need to upgrade in the near future. But even considering the absence of a mini-keyboard, I am confident that the iPhone will sell nicely upon release as Apple is a master of marketing. They will produce a commercial that will win the hearts of millions of mobile users who are currently, unimpressed with current alternatives provided by Cingular.

As for my beef with Dvorak, I suppose we do share limited commonality on some other issues. Still, I just don’t see how anyone can say the iPhone is a “mistake”. Not too long back, I seem to recall people saying something similar about the iPod? After all, it’s just a music player! Yet the sales numbers broke all the rules.

What do you think? Will the iPhone offer enough functionality to keep the world interested? Or instead, will it be another novelty idea that flops harder than a drunken acrobat? Hit the comments above and share your insights.


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  • lrd

    In the next three months Apple’s going to break the 100MM iPOD mark and will steadily creep up the charts past Target on revenues generated from selling music. Many of these people, including myself, are dying to get rid of our PDA, Cell Phone, iPOD trilogy. The iPhone is the perfect device that will easily ensure that my investment in iTunes is protected and at the same time I get to dump my crappy cell phone and ditch my Palm PDA too. I’m already imaging myself driving to work with my iPOD ringing and me just pushng a button and answering the call! I can’t wait! And wait til I pull it at work and quickly become the envy of everybody too!

  • brock

    What do you mean it doesn’t have a keyboard? It has a software version! Take a look at Apple’s site. Dvorak is playing us Mac lovers like a harp as usual.

    So much paranoia and FUD. It sounds so much like the early days of the iPod. Let’s wait until it actually comes out. Apple has patented the crap out of this thing and it will either be a gigantic flop or a gigantic success. Jobs doesn’t miss too often and betting against him on this may look a little foolish later…especially when you also buy one!

  • Ron

    It HAS a keyboard, but I understand what you mean. But part of the power of the idea is that different tasks have different appropriate keyboards. If you implement one of those keyboards in hardward, it’s fixed, unchanging, and your device becomes very inflexible.

    There’s no use either you or I arguing about whether the iPhone’s implementation of this idea will be embraced or whether it will be a problem, since I haven’t used it and probably neither have you (no offense).

    But as to whether the iPhone will be a success. Just listen. Nobody can stop talking about it. Everybody who has touched it has loved it, just about. This isn’t the ROKR. It’s a quite extraordinary device. And it’s gonna sell.

  • Ron

    Sorry–that was supposed to be “hardware” of course :)

  • Terrin

    How can anybody make predicts without actually trying the device? Sure, normally touch-screens are not as great as mini keyboards (at least to some). Those few who have tried the iPhone’s touch-screen, however, have liked it. People have to remember Apple actually invented this version of the touch-screen. Accordingly, Apple likely found something it did not like about the original ones, and improved it. The buttons on the iPhone are larger then some mini keyboards, and even have an auto-correct feature.

    Moreover, Apple has five months to respond to feedback. As far as Dvorak foes, why does anybody take him seriously, or give the guy any print space? He knowingly says absolutely nothing true in regards to Apple products or history.

  • Barry

    How do you figure that the iPhone has no keyboard? It has a touchscreen keyboard and if it works as demonstrated at the keynote (and again later on during Macworld) then it looks pretty sweet. Not to mention the possibility, I guess, of being able eventually to have specially configured touchscreen keyboards to suit particular apps or functions- something that a ‘hardware’ keyboard could not possibly do. While this might not be a success, many people have expressed interest in it – even here in Australia, and people who have previously expressed no interest in anything that Apple has done before. If Apple can deliver on what they demonstrated then this could be huge…

  • Peter

    I think the mistake that computer types make (and I count myself in this group) is that they assume that a wide range of functionality is important with any device. I think the vast majority of people that will buy the IPhone will buy it for three reasons, it looks cool, it is easy to use and it will become a technology status symbol, exactly the reason IPods are a hit. The developers at Mac seem to have succeeded in insulating the user from their backend technology… a classic example here.. if you use the calculator function on a PC the division sign is still represented by a /, on a Mac, the more common form. I think this is what will appeal to buyers of the IPhone, a clean user interface, and phone envy from everyone who sees you using it loudly and obnoxiously on the subway!

  • Randy Allen

    Hmm…An iPod that has a phone built in, and it will also access the Internet using wireless and WiFi. What a rediculous idea! Who would ever want that? ME! There is no regular keyboard, but since I really don’t IM or text message and would only use the email in a pinch, it makes no difference to me. It’s only on Cingular! Why? Because they have more users that the others. Works for me, as I am on Cingular, too. Add to that a large screen that can turn to widescreen landscape for watching videos, a camera, syncs with my email, tracks my meetings, and lets me choose which voice mail I want to hear. It’s either this or I duct tape my phone and PDA to my iPod. How can it not be a success?

  • http://www.simple-aid.com John Barber

    One of the amazing aspects of technology is the fact that everything will be replaced by something better. That said the iphone is just another step toward something better. It would be rather refreshing to hear a “tech” reporter review a gadget, use it for a month or two and then offer up improvements. Bashing a product without offering improvements reduces the author to nothing more than a whining adolescent. The perfect world is change.