At the moment I have a Motorola Razr v3i and I am continually having to clean the screen off. The screen on that phone is quite small in comparison to the iPhone. It really only touches my ear and a part of my cheek when I’m using it. Nevertheless I still have to clean makeup off it every time I use it. The iPhone is ALL screen so it would get a full face print on it every time you use it. Gross!
(Take a look at the iSmudginator iPhone simulator for a hilarious take on this!)
Likewise looking at the Apple keyboard video today I can see there’s no way I’m going to be able to type on that keyboard with my fingernails either. Fingernails are quite good for typing on small keypads but you tend to use the side of the nail rather than the tip. The keyboard reminds me of punching a number pad on a wall … it’s designed for chunky male fingers and it’s just not sexy to type into something like that.
I think they’ll need to do more than bring out a pink one to make the iPhone appeal to the ladies … it will need a complete rethink!
Likewise most kids use their thumbs to text. I’m not sure how that’s going to work out with the iPhone, especially as teens are so familiar with typing fast without looking at the keyboard.
The iPhone’s predictive texting will be a big turn off for them – most kids think it’s really uncool to use predictive text. It’s the first thing they switch off on their phones. (“Predictive is for parents and old people.”) Apple’s claim that they included a whole dictionary in the iPhone won’t mean anything to kids … even if the dictionary includes text speak (and I doubt that it does) it still won’t work for kids because txtspk it’s all about using the accepted language – and that changes daily!
Another thing that kids won’t like is the lack of MMS (and the inability to record video on the iPhone). Multimedia messaging is a $10 billion industry in Europe alone. I just can’t see the phone companies accepting that kind of loss. And I can’t see kids wanting to wholesale ditch their culture which is based around sending photos and videos to one another.
I think the iPhone will very quickly be regarded as an ol’ folks phone!
Like it or not, with the exception of the Blackberry, nearly all mobiles are marketed towards teens and young people. Can Apple really hope to change that? I seriously doubt it.
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