It’s Not the Phone but What’s Inside

I’m at a train station on the way back from work tapping away on the iPhone like a one-finger monkey. Aside from the stunted input method I’ve got a full-blown blogging client right in my hands, a dynamic map with current location, an interface to a couple social networks, breaking news, train tables, a camera, beat studio, a full browser, movies, music, email from all my accounts, SMS, and oh yeah a phone. Did I miss something?

Forget the Blackberry versus Android versus Windows Mobile versus iPhone war. Everybody’s gonna win because it’s all pointing at the same future. Of course, at the end of the day a champion will emerge from amongst the winners but it’ll be a good race with each player pushing each other to bring their A-game. Count on it.

For the past decade it’s been about software and market share. You can get better voice quality with Skype than many landlines at fraction of the cost but phones still dominate because they are ubiquitous and the default. But the distinguishing trait separating VoIP and telephones is nothing more than a line drawn in sand by bureaucracy.

At the end of the day it’s who has the most goods. The iPhone is what it is because it came out of nowhere and stormed the world with a whole new perspective. In the closeted world of backroom deals where carriers call the shots because they own the pipes, iPhones stuck them with an ultimatum that delivered something the people have been waiting for without realizing it, shoe horning every bit relevant information technology into the palm of your hand along the way. If something’s missing you can add it yourself within reason.

We’re not really talking about anything revolutionary but more a promise of more revolutionary things to come. A decade from now savvy teens will probably get a kick out of watching old footage of grown adults frantically tapping away on a screen saying, ” life must’ve been tough for them” because it sure the hell was for me to tap this out. Kudos to the WordPress team.