The iPhone: A Serious Business Device?

Apple iPhone mobile communication device Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame asks: Will the iPhone be a Serious Business Device.  In this question, I have to answer simply: No.

It sure will be a convenience to those Apple Mac users that have been longing for a mobile communications device that will seamlessly sync with all the Apple Mac resources for information management, and entertainment.  However, the idea that the iPhone will have better penetration to the enterprise market than the Mac did is a pipe dream, if only because of Apple’s inability to understand what the business user needs.  Of course, part of this is because of the limitations imposed by the enterprise IT departments – since the Mac is not accommodated like Windows, Unix and Linux are.

Sure, the iPhone is a spectacular demonstration of where our communications devices should be heading – I would expect nothing less from Apple than a stunning device.  But suggesting that a non-shipping phone that can’t have it’s memory expanded, has no input method other than your finger, without 3G data services, and does not support any of the popular push-mail services will be taken seriously by businesses is delusional.

Thanks for the chuckle Michael, I needed one this weekend.

Via: TechCrunchWill the iPhone be a Serious Business Device?

Apple Inc. iPhone – Thoughts?

I’ve posted a new poll, looking for your thoughts on the new iPhone from Apple.  If you have another answer you would like to see, you can add one!



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Wishlist for my 2007 phone

Ok, there are several great new phones slated for 2007 from Samsung, HTC and others.  But here are some of the features that I’ll be looking for in my next handset.

  1. Windows Mobile 6 (Crossbow) – Pocket PC
  2. VGA Screen
  3. Multi-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA on T-Mobile
  4. 400MHz processor (or faster)
  5. Bluetooth 2.0
  6. 802.11b/g
  7. Slid-out QWERTY Keyboard
  8. Scroll wheel
  9. D-Pad
  10. 256MB ROM
  11. 96MB RAM
  12. 3MP Rear-facing Camera
  13. VGA Front-facing camera
  14. MicroSD or MiniSD Slot
  15. GPS
  16. Tethering ability as GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA modem
  17. 2-Day battery life to fit my usage (to beat my existing T-Mobile MDA’s 24 hour limit)

I reserve the right to revise this list as I change my mind of course!smile_wink There are always great new things coming down the pipe that we don’t know about.

What about you, what features will you be looking for as you replace your phone in 2007 (if you are planning it)?  Will it be a Palm, Windows Mobile, Symbian, or Blackberry device?  Will you go back to a dumb phone and carry a UMPC?  Or will you be moving from a dumb phone to a smart phone this year?

Let me know in the comments!

A Google Phone?

Interesting information that Om Malik has dug up.  If this is true, it may turn out to be a very interesting device for the mass market.  Google has a history of focusing on simplifying the user interface and making it easier for the average consumer.

I’ll sign up to try a device from Google.

Via: GigaOM – Forget iPhone, Think Google Phone

What is Palm doing now? – The Wireless Weblog

So is it that “confusing” about what Palm is doing with Garnet?  Yes they sold the operating system by spinning off the OS development arm as PalmSource.  Yes they’ve now licensed it back from Access, the Japanese company that purchased PalmSource in its entirety.

It seems to me that while Palm OS 5 (Garnet) is several years behind Windows Mobile or Symbian, the basic OS in the feature department, it still has great usefulness as a smart phone OS.  The biggest thing is that the Treo platform with Palm OS 5 simply works, its tried & true.  It also has a huge following and a very easy to use GUI.

Since the OS has been used for many versions of the Treo, the continual refinement of the user interface is where the product improvements will keep the OS fresh.

Via: The Wireless Weblog – What is Palm doing now?

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