Since getting his hands on an iPhone, Michael of Apple Gazette has been running a column entitled “30 Days of iPhone,” wherein he chronicles his daily use through 30 separate entries. The idea holds merit, but on Day Eight of his venture, Michael began smoking crack.
It seems that Michael is so blown away by his iPhone purchase, that his need to justify his 600-dollar expenditure has leaked onto his daily column, wherein he declares that the iPhone is not a smartphone, nor a cellphone, and implies that it is a completely different beast than other offerings.
Apparently, Michael has never used a modern smartphone, which has all of the iPhone’s features, plus a few more thrown in. Just because Apple managed to polish a couple of the features, throw in an easy touch-screen interface, and integrate an iPod, does not make the iPhone revolutionary, In fact, about the only “killer apps” the iPhone has is the iPod integration and its polished web browser, and I’ll immediately discount the former because almost everyone I know who owns an iPhone already owns at least one iPod already.
Considering that the iPhone doesn’t run third-party applications that aren’t weblets, it’s much less of a computer than any Windows Mobile phone, Danger’s Sidekick, or even Blackberry devices. And, in most all cases, these offerings are much cheaper than Apple’s, and may even include features that the iPhone sorely lacks, such as the ability to surf the web while making a phone call, integrated GPS, and removable memory.
No one’s saying that the iPhone isn’t a beautiful piece of hardware, but let’s not ignore what’s already out there, and what’s been> on the market for years before the iPhone materialized. For those people who never had the chance to surf the web from other mobile devices, or check e-mail on the go, it’s nice to see that the iPhone introduced you to technology already years old, but let’s not distort reality and propose that Apple invented these abilities with their latest toy. And, more importantly, let’s not claim that $600 is cheap, considering other devices have the same core functionality for half that.