Sunday Tidbits of the Mobile & Media Theory Variety

Cecily has been “Drinking the iPhone Kool-Aid” this weekend. Wonder if she would sell me her N82?
I don’t want to carry a phone, no matter how fabulous the UI is, and a separate camera. I want to carry one device – a great small camera that goes on the internet. Yes, I am a contrarian and I try to limit my Apple kool-aid drinking to the MacBook Pro flavor.
On the other side of the fence from Cecily, Engagdet’s editor, Joshua Topolosky, recently tried to use the iPhone to actually get some work done, new media / blogging type of work, while sitting at the doctor’s office and found that the iPhone was great for entertainment & web surfing, but stymied his ability to be productive. He writes up his experiment in iPhone productivity in “Editorial: Taking the iPhone 3GS off the job market“.
Best of all, Jan Chipchase, recently got to have a real L.A. experience:

There’s now a flock of 4 MJ newscopters hovering over UCLA. Could almost be in Baghdad, ‘cept no-one has fired back. Yet.

He writes up his thoughts about the percentage of media to actual fans outside of the UCLA medical center on the day Michael Jackson died in “MJ (The Media Experience) Remembered“.

One thought on “Sunday Tidbits of the Mobile & Media Theory Variety

  1. I’ll agree that the iPhone isn’t really meant for multi-tasking, and I think Apple is expecting us to swallow gallon upon gallon of their (tasty and refreshing) Kool-Aid by insisting that this is a business-worthy device. However, I don’t know that a busy editor could be better served by any mobile device, never mind an iPhone. I have no proof to back this up of course, as I’m not a business user. Just in my cursory observations made at airports, most business travelers or smartphone users (or people who wait in offices) are only doing one thing at a time when they’re on their phones, and that’s checking e-mail. So while Joshua Topolosky has a legitimate bone to pick, I don’t know that I’m willing to consider his experience anything other than an anecdote.
    The iPhone is a contact device, a device meant to be used by consumers, not creators/producers with demanding workloads. You’ve said as much many times. Is that the fault of the device or people’s expectations? I’m thinking it might be more of the latter. Then again, I knew what I was getting into when I decided to purchase one (the benefit of being a late-adopter).

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