I Have Seen the Future of the Mobile Phone…

… and her name is iPhone. After two days I’m still pretty jazzed about my new iPod Nano, and was showing it’s tininess and sexy screen to a couple of guys as I was heading out of the office. After a couple of minutes a guy wanders over and says “I couldn’t help overhearing you guys, but….” and he shows us his iPhone (bought in San Francisco, and a legit AT&T customer FYI, so non-unlocked).

I have literally been thinking about it since I saw it. It is tiny. Seeing all the iPod Touch and iPhone comparisons I had the impression the iPhone was big and bulky, obviously still small, but still “big”. So not the case. The thing fits sweetly in the hand and can easily hide in your jeans pocket (assuming you don’t wear the skintight variety of course).

The screen is as gorgeous as the ads show, and as crisp and clean as you can imagine. Operation is as slick and sexy as you can imagine. I still get shivers thinking about it.

This of course all brings up a conundrum. Firefly is actually going down to San Francisco at the end of the month, so in theory, I could get her to pick me up one. Some of the sexy new features that was only on the iPod Touch appear to be coming to the iPhone (wifi store and starbucks thing). Neither of those features is a show stopper for me, but it’s nice to know that the two will have the same features. Also, the one big advantage of the iPod Touch (16G storage) is countered a bit by it’s crippled-ness.

Also the fact that the iPhone isn’t actually available up here for phone service is sucky. Yes it’s been hacked, no, you don’t know if it’ll stop working the next time you update it. Also there’s a lot of “wait for version 2” talk, for both the iPod Touch and iPhone. Who knows.

Did I say how absolutely sexy the iPhone was by the way? Wow. Really, there’s a reason why Apple products have the reputation they have. Sure, people will mumble about not having a GPS, or “smartphone” features, or being expensive, or blah, or blah, or blah, but I really honestly think that when you get it into your hands you’ll want one, plain and simple.


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