Coolest Gadget Ever

July 05, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos 686 views

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Apple was ahead of their time with the Newton. They’ve really stood up on the board at the crest of the wave with the iPhone, though. I’m proud to be a shareholder (bought at 49, baby!).

What amazes me is the legibility of the text. High resolution is what made me leave the Fifth Ave. Apple Store with a full video iPod instead of the nano I went in to buy.


Even in portrait mode, it’s completely legible. (this image is shrunk from the original)

Of course I’m a long way from touching one of these devices here in Europe. I think that if I lived in the States, there’d be no stopping me buying one of these things, whether I had a need for it or not. Several of my coworkers are already sending me emails with the envy-inducing “Sent from my iPhone” footer. If nothing else, Apple is pretty sly at marketing.

Check out this email I recently received from my father. I like to call it “Daddy’s first cell phone”:

I stopped by the Cingular store next to Papa John’s Pizza and asked if they will be carrying the iPhone. They kind of laughed, and said Yes, but it would be a while. I said I heard it was coming out June 29th. They laughed more, and said it might be sometime in July before they got any. I asked if they were taking any pre-orders, and they said, sure, they’d be glad to. They asked 4 Gig or 8 (I said 8), and took my name and number, then wanted my land line too. I told them that was my land line; that I didn’t have a cell. They didn’t seem to believe me, but they let me go anyway.

It’s kind of like a Ferrari being your first car.

A big thanks to Alan for the pictures.

  • Paul

    The Cingular store called me Monday evening to tell me “my” iPhone was in. I told them I ordered it on-line Saturday morning. “Oh well”, they said. Fifteen minutes later I got e-mail from Apple telling me my phone would ship July 13. Five minutes later the nice fellow on the 800 number was cancelling my order, and I picked up my phone Tuesday morning. They badly wanted me to sign up for their coverage at their store, so 10 minutes later back at home I was selecting “existing” customer, but I suspect I signed up correctly.

    It is great, of course, and will be better after I have wifi at home. I am still having a problem with my outgoing mail server. Everyone must be blocking port 25. I’ll lick it, though.

  • Right on. And I think that the iPhone is going to really ramp up the ‘halo effect’, which in our household led from one iPod to pretty much full Apple gearage in a year and a half — and it’s safe to say that I’d be chucking my Motorola if the iPhone were available in Europe. I’d be unable to resist picking one up tomorrow, as we’re going to be in Ljubljana and are stopping at the Apple store there for, um, some other stuff.

  • My father (commenter Paul, above) just called me from his iPhone. Not being a cell phone user, he had a unique perspective on the iPhone. He’s been using it to check his email. He said,

    It’s kind of neat to have a computer that you can put up to your ear and talk into. You just tap a number in an email and put it up to your head.

    Kind of like me in my “it’s a keyboard attached to a printer” typewriter story, he sees the iPhone as a computer that can also make calls, rather than a cell phone that can also check email and surf the net.

  • Uncle Neil

    Can the iPhone work with speech recognition to create a document which can be sent or printed?

    The Vista Premium apparently has speech recognition as standard.

  • Good job for Vista! OS X has had speech recognition standard for 6 years now….at least the only kind of speech recognition worth having, which is giving commands like “computer, open window”, “on screen”, “stop program and open holodeck doors”, and “HAL, open the airlock!”

    The truth is all dictation speech recognition still sucks. We’re still years away from that kind of fuzzy AI being of any use. You spend more time fixing errors than actually dictating, so unless you’re a quadriplegic, you’re better off typing.

    And we’ve all already seen how well Vista’s speech recognition works.