“We’ve learned and struggled for a few years here figuring out how to make a decent phone,” he said. “PC guys are not going to just figure this out. They’re not going to just walk in.”
You can learn a lot about what someone is really thinking by the language they use. Looking at this quote again, I like how he says they’re working to make a decent phone. If you’re mindset is ‘decent’, then don’t expect to produce anything exceptional.
So it has come to be. You were very wrong Ed. As a faithful Treo user for 3 years, I hope you innovate the shit out of the Treo and give Apple some competition, until then, I’ll be enjoying my iPhone – next month, that is, when I actually try to buy it.
I know what some of you are thinking, and it can be summed up in this scene from Clerks:
Randal: I hope it feels good.
Customer: You hope what feels good?
Randal: I hope it feels so good to be right. There is nothing more exhilarating than pointing out the shortcomings of others, is there?
Customer: Well this is the last time I ever rent here…
Randal: You’ll be missed.
Customer: Screw you!
[The customer storms out. Randal runs out into the street.]
Randal: Hey you’re not allowed to rent here anymore!
If you’re wondering, it does feel good to have known that the iPhone was going to be a hit.
You know, someone like Rupert Pupkin, who can live at home with their mother in Jersey, wait on lines for days upon end for things, people, events. Detached from reality. Just replace his autograph book in this scene with an iPhone.
Rupert says it perfectly in the scene above: “What’s so funny about that? A man can get ANYTHING he wants as long as he’s willing to pay the price! Crazier things HAVE happened…”
This is real simple and doesn’t require a long-winded explanation. The iPhone is the floating car we imagined we’d be driving in the future.
The Jetsons, Star Wars, Blade Runner, Minority Report …the iPhone is that touchscreen gadget they all used (metaphorically speaking) to communicate with. As John Gruber points out (so obvious we all didn’t catch it), the iPhone is the first mobile device being promoted for its interface, not hardware.
… and like any good science fiction movie – it’s about the theatrics. The experience. The motion. The transitions. The atmosphere. What the iPhone does is as important as how it does it.
This is only interesting to me, but it looks as though this site’s feed is getting picked up by Sphere, who syndicates content for WSJ.com. I discovered this when I noticed I was getting referrals from this WSJ article. I must be an ‘official’ blog or something.
I know the tension in the air is so thick you could cut a knife with it regarding the iPhone launch next week (at least it is in Manhattan), but I have one more thing I have to ask: Is typing on the iPhone’s on-screen QWERTY keyboard going to be THAT much more difficult than what it takes to squeeze out a message on a standard 12-digit cell phone?