And What About the Browser?
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)’s iPhone has once and for all put all that rubbish to bed. It’s not a question of functionality, but rather of interface. The iPhone is truly elegant in how it solves many common problems related to accessing and manipulating information in a mobile package. I remember experimenting with gestural interfaces when I was in college. But, as my friend and colleague Rick Martin has noted, new accessories are going to be required with a touch screen nonetheless. Nothing’s perfect… (See No Burritos Allowed.)
Irrespective of hand-waving, what Apple has done is to unequivocally declare that a Great Big Browser is what’s required when out and about. Part of this has to do with software and application compatibility, part with support costs, and part with training expense - but this is the way we’re going to go as an industry. As I previously mentioned, I’m still going to wait for 2.0 before I invest in an iPhone, and it’s very likely, as I noted last time, that competition is going to make this new smartphone era very exciting and even diverse. But no matter what you and I end up buying, it’s regardless going to have a very robust browser lurking within.
— Craig Mathias is Principal Analyst at the Farpoint Group , an advisory firm specializing in wireless communications and mobile computing. Special to Unstrung