January 17, 2007 by Soo
I love the way the iPhone looks. I love the interface, looks “really easy to navigate”, and coming from Apple, I bet the iPhone experience for calling, browsing the internet and listening to music will be superb.
But from my limited understanding, I have a few questions:
How easy would it be to actually use it?
No one has really used it, we only watched the videos. Personally I find touchscreens difficult to use. Maybe there should also be an alternative way of data entry. How fast would I be able to message on the iPhone?
How would it work with other mobile technologies in the market?
To me it looks like another “walled garden” scenario to me. Right now it’s operator dependent (Cingular) though that may change; and OS (OS X) dependent. Seems to me that’s a step backward for the Open Gardens/Open Source approach we’re all trying to push in the mobile domain. I would love to be proved wrong here. What about third party mobile application developers? What about releasing SDKs? I hope they do that too.
Would you be able to download software from the ‘net and use it on your phone?
A corollary of the earlier questions: in mature mobile markets users download software and applications and use them on their phones. They multitask a lot – voice calls, voice mail, text messaging, listening to music, taking photos, browsing the internet are pretty basic in mature phone markets. They also use the phone to download apps, synchronise with other digital products, play games, record videos, upload to the internet, blog from their phone, run 2 -3 apps at one time. I hope the iPhone does all this.
What about JAVA? I didn’t see it in the specs.
What about battery life?
I know this is a really banal question but I can go for 48 hours easily without charging my N70. With Apple’s slim design I wonder how powerful the battery would be. Would it also be replaceable? (Going by Apple’s products, I don’t think so.)
The iPhone is a wonderful new paradigm in the mobile domain, but I would wait and watch and hope that all these questions have been taken care of by Apple. They are the gurus, after all.
Update: I’m not the only one! Check out this blog post on Starry Hope!
Update: Impact of the Apple iPhone