So I got an iPhone last month. I was not running to it. In fact, I had already gotten a Helio Ocean (once seen as iPhone’s best competition) to avoid an iPhone. But through circumstances I couldn’t control, I landed in an AT&T store with money in my pocket on my birthday.
Let me just say that despite my reservations, I love my iPhone.
I don’t want to get into the cost or the payment structures and all that jazz, I just want to talk about what happens when you have the internet now matter where you go.
On a trip to NYC, I took pictures of the interesting and strange and posted them on a blog and commented on them from the lobby of my hotel. I responded to a friend’s question about how she should handle a delicate situation while sitting in front of a few hundred million dollars worth of art at the Met. In the airport, I saw that the Dow was struggling to keep its gains.
It’s more than texts on your phone. It’s the ability to get and give information anywhere and any time. What does that mean?
If all of my internet is on an iPhone screen (admittedly the largest screen of the smart phone/pda set), what does it matter that a site was pretty and well-designed? If there’s no Flash on my phone, that complicated interface is worthless.Â
What happens is that phones are reminding us that the internet is about information. Not about the design or the bells and whistles of YouTube (though to be sure, that video of the pandas is pretty cute), but about what we can learn and what we can use.Â
That’s where the internet is heading over the next 3-5 years: it’s all about the info. It’s moving around, it’s shuffling and mashing together.
What do you think?