The iPhone Paradox

I’ve had an iPod Touch for the last six months to get to know the iPhone OS and its legions of apps. Yes, the range of apps is extremely impressive. I downloaded these the other day. Here’s the rub, though. If I don’t regularly visit these sites on my computer, what’s the chance that I would visit them on an iPhone? When would I actually have an opportunity to do this?

4 comments

  1. Travis Warren says:

    It’s early. I think we’re starting to see mission critical apps for the touch OS. First in business with apps like Salesforce and Netsuite and soon in schools. If your app could take attendance or enable you to look up a student’s schedule then I think the game changes.

    I agree .. having an app for a site you already don’t have time to visit isn’t helpful, but when apps start to save you time and facilitate good decision making then I think we truly have something.

  2. Jason Neiffer says:

    Do you just have an iPod Touch and not an iPhone? I am stuck, too, with just an iTouch (no iPhone service in Montana, but that’s another rant) and I perceive that the power of the iPhone with these types of apps in the number of times I am stranded/waiting/bored with only my phone where I might enjoy a TED video due to my 20-minute delay at the airport, etc. You are right however, I think there are a number of apps that lose some functionality due to their mobile nature. Why do I want to follow the Consumerist Twitter account, for example, if I have the Consumerist in my RSS reader?

  3. Jimi Robinson says:

    An iTouch now huh? Soon you will be eating your Blackberry words and joining the darkside.

    🙂

  4. Ben Chun says:

    I just got an iPhone. I think the answer to your question is that these apps and mobile sites are available to you when you have time, as opposed to being an extra thing that you add to your "must-read" list. Combine that with the shift from desktop-based productivity to continuous mobile work management (I just made that up) and you have something of a game-changer.