When it comes to certain areas of technology, I am horribly slow (and cheap) to adapt. I didn’t get my first cell phone until 2005 and was not crying over being left out. I’ve never really wanted a PDA for more than five minutes. Although I got excited when I first watched Steve Jobs’s iPhone Keynote, I quickly went back to being my usual cynical self about the whole drama. Why get another smartphone when you could have a widescreen iPod, I reasoned.
Then I had to help someone use their new Treo smartphone the other day. During Jobs’s iPhone introduction, he complained about how current smartphones are difficult for actually making phone calls,
accessing features, etc. After playing around with the Treo for a few minutes, I find myself agreeing with him and actually wanting an
iPhone, even though my current contract is with T-Mobile, is not to set expire soon, and I’d still rather have an iPod with a larger screen than a fancy PDA.
But while trying to make a simple call on the Treo (and keep its screen from turning dark every few seconds to save battery life), I kept thinking of how easy it would be to just touch the Treo’s screen and scroll to wherever you needed to. And this Treo hasn’t even been set up for the office’s email and calendar programs yet—I’m not sure I want to see how many little steps and button-presses that will take, to just access email and such once it’s all set up. And if this were my Treo, I know I’d lose that stylus within two weeks, so why bother even including it?
So despite my reservations about the shiny iPhone, I’m still sorely tempted to plunk down $500 or $600 in June for one—how does that bode well for other smartphone-makers (or my wallet)?