Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The Emotional iPhone Experience

Mac owners always had a more emotional relationship to their machines. That it is a great accomplishment on the part of Apple's designers. I like looking at my MacBook Pro every day! Touching it, using it is a delight. To prove my gushiness isn't rare to find amoung Mac users I'd like you to take a look at this video by Jason Ponton, Editor of The MIT Technology Review. He explains what makes a beautiful machine and his enthusiasm is a great example for the kind of emotional bond I am talking about.

Cell phones are intimate machines. We carry them close to our bodies and use them primarily to communicate, they are connectors to the world around us. I have never built that emotional relationship with any of my cell phones ( I am on my 5th phone now) . The novelty of a new phone wears off after a couple of weeks. It becomes a mere tool I expect to work. Since its features a miserably integrated I don't bother to use them. I am still doing the same few things with my phone I have always done: calling, texting and entering data into the calendar and the address book. My personal feature wish list has not changed for years. I don't need more features just a few done the right way. Nothing but sad compromises so far....

I think the iPhone will create that emotional relationship.


  • The integration with my Mac will be perfect. The iPhone will behave like my computer. It will be its ultra portable extension.

  • It will feel great in my hand, the multi-touch interface will make it feel like a real extension of my body. I will be able to directly touch and manipulate the information!

  • The overall success of the iPhone may depend on how well it will integrate with the Windows machines. The exclusive provider deal with AT+T is also annoying. No matter how great the iPhone is, I will not change my current phone plan for it.

    I guess...

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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Unfortunately Microsoft has its own Mobile OS which almost perfectly fit to windows machines.
    I think you shouldn't get it before there is "ServicePack 1" (like all windows-user do with Microsoft products). Then there will be also a chance to keep your cellphone provider.


    May 7, 2007 at 3:21 AM  
    Blogger Dirk J. Platzek said...

    My point has been, that Windows user generally don't have the same kind of relationship with their computers. They won't have a more personal connection only because Windows mobile is able to run Excel spreadsheets...The relationship between the user and the machine has to do with innovation and quality of interaction design.
    Only the service providers that are able to implement the iPhone technological features (for example "visual voicemail") will be able to offer the iPhone in the first place. I am not holding my breath for Eplus to offer the iPhone anytime soon...

    May 7, 2007 at 4:51 AM  
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