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Too busy to blog. Got a cold. Not actually all that impressed by the iPhone or Apple TV. Maybe I would be if iTunes for Windows didn’t suck a ball.

Hey, there’s a Brad Sucks show coming up on the 27th of January, we’re on at 9pm. BE THERE OR BE ELSEWHERE.

Posted on - January 14, 2007 [at] 10:21 am by Brad
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6 Comments on this post

Puce on Status Report
January 14, 2007 at 7:04 pm

iTunes for Windows is el diablo. Because of this I could imagine AppleTV being frustrating. However, the iPhone has suckered me in with its full-sized touchscreen and its button-less-ness and its user-configurable zooming UI and its internet-browsing capabilities and its many other hyphenate-able features.

Eric on Status Report
January 14, 2007 at 7:08 pm

I’m afraid you’re not getting away with such statements as “Not actually all that impressed by the iPhone…” without explaining yourself more than you have.

Brad on Status Report
January 15, 2007 at 12:13 pm

I like the big screen on the iPhone and it’s certainly sexy looking, no doubt about that. I was excited when they announced it and have gradually been getting less so over time:

I have some serious doubts that the text input is going to work worth a damn with no tactile feedback. I’d have to try one and see I guess.

I assumed there would be some sort of wireless iTunes music store, but you still have to do all that through the computer.

8 gigs isn’t very much space for contacts, music, ringtones, photos, video and whatever else people can store on there.

I picture the screen being caked with ear grease and finger smudges and scratched all to hell within the first day.

There’s also the lack of high speed wireless which makes all the awesome browsing less impressive.

And being locked into iTunes for my contacts is a drag, so I’d be forever having to make all my data play nice with their afterthought of a music manager for Windows.

It’s a nice design though and probably will give the other cell phones a kick in the ass.

And Apple TV doesn’t support DivX or Xvid (the format of nearly every torrented avi file on the net.) which makes it dead to me. I assume the iPhone won’t support that either.

Puce on Status Report
January 15, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Those are surprisingly good reasons. So good in fact that your iPhone pessimism may prove contagious. I can’t believe iTunes does contact management; blegch. Three small things:

– The nano’s clickwheel has auditory feedback instead of tactile feedback, and that seems to be a pretty slick replacement. I don’t know how it’ll work for typing, but typing on the Wii uses auditory feedback as well (and tactile, but I turn off the rumblepack when I’m not playing a game because I am a battery Scrooge) and that works well enough

– Supposedly the earpiece and microphone plug into the phone, which then lives in your pocket or female-pocket-equivalent, elimenating eargrease on the screen. Nice mental image, though.

– As for scratching, I think they learned their lesson with the first-gen nano which scratched when you breathed on it. All their iPods since have been pretty tough to scratch. It WILL be smudge city, though.

I admit those are all fairly superficial defenses. Tying the thing to iTunes and not allowing third party applications suddenly has me wary.

Brad on Status Report
January 16, 2007 at 8:27 am

Well, I figured it wasn’t going to be an open hacker’s paradise, I had no illusions of that. But after breaking free from Outlook and getting my mail and contacts off my clunky desktop I have no desire to go back.

My girlfriend’s iPod has the audio feedback and it’s helpful. I’ll be interested to see how they do the text input — if anyone can get it right I’d bet on Apple.

Brad on Status Report
January 17, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Also upon thinking about it further: no wi-fi VOIP? THAT’S the killer app. People would buy them just to have around the house.

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