The reason the idea of the open source meets commercial ethos in the Chumby is the ability to self select website widgets and turn the interface into a reflection of the services you use. Similarly, the Google/Apple partnership while manifesting both sides of the do no evil implications, is made for mobile web youtube, gmaps, greader, gcalendar and so on.
Compare this to the apps and experience of Blackberry and Windows Mobile (or compare directly to Apple’s lack of real office/web suites) and the battle for the mobile desktop will have a big say in the attractiveness of the hardware (assuming there is some catchup on the touchscreen gestures side)
Check the Youtube/Iphone picture mike3k uploaded, and this is a glimpse of the future experience esp once google fuse Jotspot, Writely, Reader, Calendar, Docs etc into a schweet on the go interface. What is there, 3.5 Billion Mobile Phones ? 1 in 2 people in the world, and growing !
At a basic reengineering level, the mobile web looks crap in existing pda/phones. So while Apple’s beautiful appearance and screenshots of its Iphone attracts, this may only be skin deep once you start reading Dave Winer and Scoble’s experience 24 hours in. On the other hand, these problems should be solvable, and in the end the consumer in 12 months will be able to browse a mobile web much more similar to the one they’re used to on their computers.
Scripting News : “When I click on a link in Safari on the iPhone, before I can read anything, I have to futz with the display resolution of the browser to make the text visible. This may not sound like a problem, but what a distraction, when following a link, before getting the idea, your mind has to take a detour into managing the device. In reading as in the movies, suspension of disbelief is broken when your mind has to exit the space of ideas and manage the projection device. It’s wrong for the device to ask you this, even as a setup issue it should be usable out of the box, but it’s unacceptable that it make the user configure the browser every time it displays a new page.”
Scoble : “Seriously there’s one customer who REALLY should think about not buying an iPhone: someone who uses a thumb keyboard phone like a Blackberry. The keyboard is frustrating to use if you are a heavy Blackberry user. That’s the one case where the iPhone’s other benefits will have a tough time counteracting those flaws.. My #1 frustration this morning with the iPhone? Fonts. Dave Winer’s right. I want to change the default view on the Web browser to always be zoomed in.”
But as Umair says, the Iphone is a trigger point, where all the other mobile players will need to play feature catchup. I wonder what Razr 2.0 + N95 3.0 will look like ?
BubbleGeneration on Apple’s Strategy :
1) “…Pick an industry which sucks (ie, imposes significant nuisance costs/menu costs/externalities on consumers)
2) Redress the imbalance by making something consumers love
3) …Which disrupts the long-standing industry equilibrium, and shifts market power
4) Use said market power to redesign (a hyperefficient) value chain..“