Fair iPhone Comparisons

The press seems to be infatuated lately that the keyboard on the iPhone isn’t as good as other smart phones like, say, a BlackBerry. This obsession comes mainly from the fact that the press is desperately looking for something negative to say about the iPhone, and really this is t

he only thing they can come up with (and the fact that you may not be able to change the battery without taking it to the store).

Want to get your mind blown? The virtual keyboard isn’t as good as a real keyboard. Want to know something else? It doesn’t matter! This is the real element that many reporters and financial analysts (and ) can’t seem to get right: Apple’s target audience for the iPhone is not the same set of people who have smart phones.

Here are some of the people Apple is targeting:
People who carry around separate iPods and [regular] cell phones.
People who want to listen to music on their phone, but don’t want to deal with terrible software
People who want to watch TV or Movies while they travel

Will these customers be impaired if their ipod is not a great word processor? Of course not. The argument of whether or not to include a physical keyboard is nothing new. The flip side of the argument is, “you know, with a regular keyboard, your BlackBerry can’t show video that well,” but you don’t hear people saying that. That’s because smart phones are established, and the iPhone isn’t. I think we’ll see that change in the next few weeks, though.

The same old AT&T

Cingular has been going through a lot of effort to rename itself AT&T. The corporate bigwigs have come to the conclusion that “AT&T” is a much better name, and most people associate it with terrible customer service and monopolistic anti-competitive behavior, which is the direction they would like to be taking Cingular. It’s great that they are reaffirming that the people who run the former Cingular cell network are the same people who are against fair use of Internet bandwidth, and additionally are doing their best to reneg on promises made to the FTC that they wouldn’t abuse their new monopoly status. It’s also the company that has singlehandedly decided to start filtering what you can and can’t do on the Internet.

In fact, senior management feels so strongly about the rename that they are currently suing Nascar because the #31 car still says “Cingular” and not “AT&T.” It goes to show how dedicated they are that they were not deterred at all by the fact that they have not been been able to change the banners on many of their own stores yet. Also, it wasn’t until yesterday, more than a month later, that Cingular cell phones started saying “at&t” on them.

Yep … the “new” AT&T sure knows how to get their image across to consumers. It’s a good thing they are going to be exclusive carriers for the iPhone. I don’t think they’d have many customers left in another few years otherwise.