More on the “revolutionary” iPhone

I’ve take a fair bit of heat in the comments of yesterday’s post. OK, maybe it wasn’t the most enlightening thing I’ve ever written, but I’m still not convinced that the iPhone is so revolutionary.

Just how is it revolutionary? You tell me.

I’m aware that the limitation of multi-tasking can probably be overcome with an update to the OS. So that will mean that applications will be more useful. So yeah, it’ll be a better “computer” (BTW. The N95 runs programmes in the background happily too). BUT WHY IS IT A REVOLUTION?

Touch screen has been done before, but not as well as the iPhone. Music players in phones have been done before, but not as well as the iPhone. Web browsing has been done before in phones, but not as well as the iPhone. But people(!), this is evolution, not revolution. Step away from the Cupertino hype-machine for a second, the iPhone is not a revolution, it’s just the best designed smart phone yet produced. It does very little that could be called “revolutionary” (bar maybe the advances in touch technology), it just does some things very well.

I do accept that future iterations may well kick ass. Hey, I’m a huge Mac fan myself and have been a Mac user for years. But come on, the iPhone just isn’t a revolution… just yet.

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