Friday, July 06, 2007

Apple iPhone: Cause for mass hysteria?

I must admit that I have always drooled over Apple design and simplicity, but have always been stuck to the IBM PC. I never used to keep track of what exactly is the Apple G5 or the minibook, but then came the effort called Apple Boot camp, which would allow the latest Intel based Mac to run Microsoft Windows too. This made me stop and turn. Should my next laptop be a Mac? That is about when Apple announced it's iPhone too.

I was planning to purchase a new mobile anyway, but this has made me delay my purchase. I am almost completely determined to see how the iPhone would evolve in competitive markets other than the United States, like India.

Ofcource, the iPhone being a branded Apple product, cannot be dismissed for another run of the mill mobile. We can easily see that the Apple engineers have been at work, watching sci-fi movies, and going through future models :)

The iPhone has some interesting features, to die for:
  • If you are a sci-fi movie buff, then you must watched Minority Report where Tom Cruise is able to slide live video and photographs by hand on a virtual display. He zooms by almost pinching out etc. To quote a cliche, The future is now. IPhone is loaded with intelligent sensors such as the touch sensor, proximity sensor and accelerometer will really make you love your iPhone.
  • The iPhone is a GSM phone, a full fledged ipod, can connect to wifi hotspots, show full featured websites(except flash and Java content), act as an excellent calender, do full blown email stuff, show movie and pictures and more! Well, at 135 grams, i'd say that this is not bad :)
  • If you are listening to music and a call come, you just need to pinch the cord, and the music fades in and you can attend the call.
  • While seeing a photo gallery, just slide your finger left or right to move in the gallery.
  • While seeing a photograph, with two fingers slide out/pinch out to zoom the snap, and then freely use your finger to pan across.
  • The display is large, but still while viewing a website, the text might be small, but with just a tap, the area under consideration zooms up. Neat!
Unfortunately at around $499 I do not own an iPhone yet to post any photographs, but then the internet is already choke full of them

Hmm, this reminds me of Microsoft "Surface" :)

Anyway, check out an excellent video review by our friend David Pogue at the New York Times.

1 comment:

shoks said...

i liked ur review on Apple's iPhone. the article is pretty informative and serves as a guiding light for the consumers.