As my regular readers know, I am Apple user but not and Apple fan.
As so many of my friends around me are using the iPhone and telling me how cool it is, while never making a call with it. I decided the best AV tool I could use to get my points across was an iTouch.
I bought the iTouch paid extra for the microphone headset and gave it access to my Verizon MiFi. I then downloaded skype with an outbound international dialing service. What are the points I am trying to get across?
1) the iPhone is a gadget not a smart phone. The best application I have seen on the iPhone that is telecom related is Calliflower
, but even that is just as good if not better on the web. It really is a gaming device that you can by virtual cartridges at the app store.
2) the App Store has nothing to do with the 3G. When spectrum was ransomed with the hope of new services, the apps and the network were suppose to be a blend. We have still yet to find a purpose to be married and the app store is little more than a WAP gateway of control.
3) the Apps are in the store, because it is a gateway. For all the talk of the 65,000 plus applications, It is nothing in comparison to the Internet itself and the value of Internet is repackaged within the store.
4) the network is the Internet, no offense to ATT. The ability to deliver worldwide connectivity can not be over emphasized. The iPhone / iTouch are beautiful devices, but it would be a wrong to consider them valuable as a network device.
As you should have expected its a poor concession speech, but its a beautifully designed device.