One Ring to rule them all…

Though I’ve always been a tech junkie – from Commodore 64 to OS X, iPods and Apple TV – still, I never really did care about mobile computing… I had my calls and my SMS. I always bought the newest of gadgets, but the newer the phone I got, the harder it was to use… Was it me getting older? Two years in U.S. and I even started preferring leaving voice mails over SMS (maybe because no one used SMS over there)… However, as all junkies, I cannot hold back, I need the newest… so  while transiting through New York some half a year ago I got my iPhone (price was of course no issue). 

What have happened since?

– I discovered location awareness in Amsterdam – accuracy not the point… just gimme the streets… the route to the restaurant.

– I discovered roaming charges in Brussels. Finally I had all my Mail – answering all the time – were did my vacation go really? Does more mail access decrease the size of your inbox? For sure it did not decrease the roaming charges (some 2000 NOK for just checking email).  

– I finally had all my RSS-feeds at hand – but I seems always have 500 unread!

– I started blogging on the train – hmm, maybe I now could count my train rides as work hours? But I did not get more work done.

– Exchange integration means that I always had my calender with me… However now it is seems to always be full… 

– I’m involved in development of a touch screen application. iPhone are setting standards –  generation iPhone will not accept “bad” solutions… 

– On the positive side I do more often now leave my laptop at work, I now book tickets using Safari on the iPod (WAP what was that?). And as any true tech junkie I measure my gadgets coolness factor by how long it stays cool to me… and my iPhone is still very much so – apps apps apps! BUT it does affect my economy more than increased interest rates… I DOOO need a fixed data charge! 

As a final note, for business I think iPhone it is a huge step – work gets more of my time because I allow them to. And for us consumers, I think it improves the usability and usefulness by giving me a PC you can call with not visa versa (and yes I only care about connectivity from the network provider – not so called value-added-services past location awareness ). Similar to what Nokia managed in the 90s, it’s just better than what was. However, it will make all employees attached to work all the time, and as a side note, my next vacation I will be switching to “Airplain mode”! 

I now have one device that rule them all… unfortunately I am feeling more like Gollum than God…

(this post was made on the iPhone)


3 thoughts on “One Ring to rule them all…

  1. truls

    Yes, I also get the Gollum feeling…

    I just upgraded to iPhone from my “old” Palm TX, which was a nice PDA with wifi. Although I miss some of the more advanced palm applications – like plucker offline html-viewer, repligo (the best way to read PDF documents on pda’s), and Planetarium – the astronomy-app for real astronomers.

    But this really does not matter – the seductive iPhone is just so eminently more usable … and I will get Planetarium on iPhone real soon now (hopefully tapping the AppStore icon again ….. preciousssss….)

  2. Ellen D

    Haha, cool topic for a lightning talk I think! I have not had email on my phone until today (!) when I switched to the new work phone and operator, and already I’m hooked… No dragging around of laptops anymore! Now I’m going to install mobipocket eBook reader and have all my train reading material on it as well… Still waiting for that first bill… happy in my ignorance 🙂

  3. Jon L.

    I do agree. It seems to be a crossing point between the curves. One curve: The productivity increase caused by the availability of mail and other tools. The other curve: The productivity decrease caused by all that now have the ability to reach you and book you.
    Among nice apps for both WindowsMobile and iPhone: Check out eReader at
    or on iTunes.

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