Sunday, January 11, 2009

The iPhone needs to learn from Palm Pre

The recent unveiling of the Palm Pre showed the smarthphone world 1
There is a lot more to be desired from advanced devices like the
iPhone when it comes to software integration.

Despite all claimed by Apple to be ears ahead in mobile os, Palm have
managed to be bold and leap ahead and reuse our expectations about
what a smartphone is.

In my mind the iPhone as a concept is still way ahead. Having a
virtual keyboard makes it a trully global device.
What Apple needs to do is get out of the App Store hype and start
integrating the best service there into the stock iPhone Apps.
I do not need 2 SMS and 2 IM Apps on my iPhone. I need 1, just like on
the Palm Pre.
I do not like to have a separate application with sounds and brand
waves. I want this integrated in my iPod so I can mix it with any song
and do other stuff.

Apple is marketing the iphone as having over 10,000 Apps. What you
find out later is that there are often 10 Apps for every thing you
want to do. Most of the time the best features are spread between
several of them, forcing you to install several weather apps, several
messenger apps and so on. If Apple had allowed third party app to run
in the background, this might have not been a problem, but without
that it is.

Without the type of integration and management of multiple services
demonstrated by the Palm Pre, the iPhone is a chaos of app however
good some of them are.

I understand Apple motives. They have computers to sell after all.
They are trying to make the iPhone a satellite product to the Mac, but
the users do not want that. I hope Apple breaks the wall it set upon
itself and unleash the full potential of the iPhone soon or they will
loose momentum.

After all, the iPhone is the hardware product with the highest
percentage revenue, yet the lowest consumer starting cost. With the
economy situation limiting consumer spending, Apple needs to focus all
it effort behind this revolutionary product and try to stop holding
its potential back.

Apple needs to set the iPhone as an all in one device, that does not
need a computer, just like the Palm Pre.

How can that be achieved.

Learn for the Palm Pre.

Make every stock app integrate with the service each user wants. For
example. I would like to chose where does the weather app get its
information from. Allow customization just like in the iPod. Make a
the iChat app that allows SMS+IM at the same place.

The iPhone has multy touch like no other device has, yet its used are
limited to a few places. Apple needs to enable multy touch gesture
throughout the OS. The new gestures for Multy Touch trackpads for
Macbooks age a great start.
I would like to use 2 or 3 fingers to bring up the keyboard for
instant search at anytime while on the home screen, like spotlight. I
would like to see expose or spaces like transition between several
apps I am using at the moment.

I can't wait so see what Apple plans for its next iPhone OS due
perhaps in the summer.

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