Tuesday, June 26, 2007

What's really interesting about the iPhone

It's finally coming out this Friday. Instead of just reading about the iPhone, we can try it.

Lost in all the hoopla is what the iPhone can do for us, the end-users. It's a GSM phone, plus a video iPod, plus a touch-screen. But what's most interesting from my perspective is how the iPhone is the first US mobile phone that has a full-featured browser and allows unfettered access (thanks to Apple's insistence and AT&T's consent) to internet sites. Prior attempts have been hampered by small displays, poor data-entry capability, the tyranny of the operators' walled gardens, or all three.

As of Friday, the mobile internet will be unleashed. What will it be like? How will we use it?

(Photo courtesy of Apple)