I was going to post this as a comment on Josh Bancroft’s blog, but it got too long-winded, and I thought it’d be rude to “hijack” the post. So I’m posting my response here instead. You can click above to see the original article!
Thanks! You just saved me a blog post that I wanted to write. 🙂 Seriously, I think 95% of the people buying an iPhone could care less about any features beyond phone and iPod. I think that after a while, the novelty of surfing the web on a phone will wear off, and they won’t be doing it 24/7, killing the EDGE network! Heh. And anyway, when they’re on the web, they’re on websites that aren’t all full of Flash (well, save YouTube, I guess, but that’s taken care of) and all that jazz. The websites I hit on my phone: Gmail, mobile Google Reader, mobile TwitKu/Twitter/Jaiku, sometimes a store site like Circuit City or Amazon to do price checking, customer reviews. No problem viewing those sites, and I only have a GPRS connection currently!
My brother is a prime example of the typical iPhone user. He’s well aware of how I’ve felt about what iPods lack, and the kind of “prosumer” type of stuff I like to do with my gadgets, and he’s been clear about not really caring about any of the extra stuff. He just syncs his iPhone with iTunes, surfs a bit on the phone, checks e-mail periodically, and that’s it. (Update: beyond using it as a phone and texting, of course! He has also used the Google Maps as his faux-GPS nav system while driving.) To him, the iPhone is =the= phone that he’s been waiting for. (Another update: this is his first phone with a browser, e-mail, and the other extras, so it’s a great introduction for him and other non-uber-geek consumers to the smartphone platform.) I think most people will feel the same, and not miss anything that more business-y, prosumer-y people are missing.
I want an iPhone, even though I have a Nokia N95, which technically beats the iPhone in extras, but definitely not in screen size, battery life, or interface. I justified my N95 purchase to the hubby by saying it’d be my pocketable, carry everywhere camera as well (which it has been), so if I moved to the iPhone, I’d have to get a teeny camera to carry along, too, which to me is a bit of an annoyance, because having a good camera on my phone has spoiled me, but it’s not a dealbreaker. The elegance of operation on an iPhone would go pretty far with me. I suppose I’d miss the mobile Jaiku client that I’m running on my N95, but mobile TwitKu/Jaiku website takes care of that.
The iPhone is the hot, new platform that everyone’s going to start adapting their websites, videos, apps, etc. to, so I have no worries about the functionality being expanded.
Anyway, I think your list is pretty spot on. Sorry about the rambling! 🙂
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