The iPhone as a Game Changer

I was just reading an article in the Guardian, entitled Why the iPhone is giving Apple telephone-number profits, and came across a very interesting observation by the author John Naughton:

The significance of the iPhone - as regular readers know - lies in its operating system. It's really a powerful Unix computer that fits into the palm of your hand. That means it can run very sophisticated software - such as a browser that actually makes it feasible to read web pages and even books on a small screen. Add to this the fact that it is also permanently connected to the internet and you have what the rest of the industry is starting to recognise as a game changer.

He further goes on to say that:

Actually, the PC business is also beginning to wake up to the threat of the iPhone. How come? Well it turns out that iPhone users make less use of their laptops and desktop computers. The reason is obvious when you think about it: much of what we do on the net is pretty routine - checking email, accessing websites, Googling, accessing Facebook or Twitter. If you can do all that without booting up a computer, why bother?

This really got me thinking. I have just spent the past two weeks in Spain on holidays and didn't even bother to take my laptop with me. I took my Blackberry Curve with me and that was it. Over the course of the 14 days that I was there I made a number of telephone calls, SMS'd a number of times and wrote dozens of emails all from the device. I was able to arrange meetings, book some people down for a course and even spoke to two people in Finland and Hungary about some new work! The latter actually had their calls routed through to me using Skype.

For me a lot of my (and I'm sure your) working day is spent phoning, emailing and researching information - all the things that I can achieve through my Blackberry. However, in Spain the device was mainly used for Tweeting - observations on the trip and to replying to people. I suppose that for the first time I didn't actually miss the laptop, though I did pop in to an internet cafe on occasion and did use the MacBook Pros in Fnac and El Corte Inglés to Tweet and do some 'research'. On the second week I met up with @petezin and @netoratonand @virgula for a drink and chat about Social Media in Lateral and they were using a mixture of Blackberry, iPhone and Nokia to update friends, take pictures and receive emails. I suppose you could call it Spanish Social Media Mobility!

Probably, the only thing that held me back from using the Blackberry more in Madrid - to download files, use other apps and even upload images - was the thought of how big my phone bill would be when I got back to the UK!

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