Today I've heard that the iphone is going to be a dissapointment (by someone who knows his shit - he's developing apps for cellular phones).
I just smiled and waved (ok, forget the waving part).
his rational was that it's:
a) overly expected. Any small hindrence will drag the satisaction of it to the ground.
b) not that much of a breakthrough.
I didn't reply, for various reasons (mostly being that I don't like to reply before I thought was I was going to say through).
After I thought about it for a bit I think he is wrong on both two counts:
the expectation part is true. sorta. it is hyped, people are in a frenzy. if something will not work properly (battery, touch, LCD) people will be pissed. BUT
But the expectation part is also wrong. Actually we know very little about the device. It was unvailed six months ago and no new information has surfaced since. nothing. we know nothing about the apps (apart for the obvious calender, ipod, and such).
for example: nobody mentuned anything about games for it, yet. Trust me - you're going to see games running on it when it comes out - that is if apple checked its competition in the marketplace.
Apple is in a very good position to surprise us further with this device.
The second part I compleatly dissagree with.
True - LCD multitouch, maps, calenders, ipods, and that jazz - Everything has been displayed before - there is nothing new here.
what counts is integration and user interaction. and that is the differentiating factor. If I had a dollar for everytime I heard a hotshot programmer say that "ICQ was nothing new (and they were lucky..)" I'd probably have had a nice meal at a macdonalds somewhere. but I digress..
where was I? ah.. yes.. User interaction. 80% people will be able to use 80% of the functions of this phone easly. NOT 80/20 or 20/80 or whatever the heck that "rule" is. People are going to go and get iphones.
The same thing HAPPENED
before. that product dosn't have any perticular tecnological advantage (apart of user interaction and integration). sounds familler?
80% of the market.
80% of the people using
80% of the features.
thats the ipod.