- No junkware on my phone
- I can talk on the phone and use my cellular data plan at the same time
- Visual voicemail - so much better than "press 4 to hear the message again"
- A revolution in data plans - they do not have to cost an arm and a leg, and were even unlimited usage for a while.
- Sane mobile management of media - I could watch movies on my Treo 650, but it really was a novelty. Now I have music, movies, audiobooks, podcasts, books, magazines... wow!
- Usable decent camera, with a flash no less! They used to actually be hard to use...
- Small, with no antenna! I once had 3 in a front pocket...
- No more butt dialing!
- Worldwide development of apps, in an app store where things are safer than on the net in general.
- Games! Wow.
- Auto-updating apps!
- Easy access to buy media, wirelessly! And I can access my entire music library without having it on my phone.
- Security - encrypted phones! Regular updates including security fixes when needed.
- Sensors - enabling mapping, brightness that adjusts intelligently, fitness applications (even without an external device), and enabling mobile gaming
- Apps that integrate with other systems:
- remote management of my Apple TV, Keynote on my computer
- integration with fitness/health devices
- remote payment or payment integration via passbook or applications. I pay for local parking meters with an app.
- Anything/everything in the future, it seems
- Productivity apps on tiny devices that make sense - I can make a movie and edit it on my phone?!?
- My old phone is plenty good enough for someone else to use it for a long time - the longevity of utility of an old iPhone is huge. My old iPhone 4 from 2010 will be happily in use probably for another year.
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Too many pundits, not enough happy people
I harken back to the Treo 650 from Palm as I gaze at my iPhone 5 and think about how far things have come in 10 years: