Michael Robertsons Perceptions of Apple

On Michael Robertson’s blog, he just released an article entitled: “9 Things an iPhone Can’t Do” comparing it to a Nokia e61. You can read the article here: http://www.michaelrobertson.com/archive.php?minute_id=242.

To some, his points seem very valid, but I wonder why the comparison was made to a Nokia. For my own personal taste, I would rather compare with a phone such as the Sony Ericsson K800i, but everyone can do any comparison they like. I prefer to go straight to the source, and so can you by looking at all the features right here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/

Camera Separated From Cellular Phone

I fully realize that some users love to have three or more functions in one program, just as some are crazy about having both radio, camera etc in their cellular phones. Just like some have both mail, news, RSS and calendar in one program. When one thing goes wrong all 4 functions are down. And down usually means out….

Good idea to keep things separately if you ask me. I never use the radio on either the reserve Nokia we have or the Sony Ericsson K750i I had before we went on vacation, because if I’m not home I would usually be in my car, and that is fully equipped with a system that can play BOTH radio and cd’s. So putting too much into a phone will just do two things: wear and tear on your phone and drain your battery. What is most important: being able to call the fire patrol when a house is on fire, or having spent your power listening to some speaker on a radio station?

I have to wonder about the choices people make, and it gets worse in Mr. Robertson’s analysis.

Strange Motives?

He wrote the following, which honestly seems very far off-base:

“Instead of earning your business Apple wants to lock you into their system where you have no choice. Your devices and ultimately your data are under their control. I believe the world is a better place where consumers have open devices they can control. Steve Jobs glosses over this in his well orchestrated unveiling by saying the device is “open” because you can use the web browser to visit any web site, but he knows that it is not really open. (Most of the applications that people say are for the iPhone are simply web pages with very limited user interface and won’t run in the background for example.)”

This statement could, no doubt, have been made about the major player in software who HAS tried – time and again – to keep people as sheep within the framework of a Windows community where people ARE secluded from open standards in many respects. But it hardly seems fair towards Apple, and serves to destroy all credibility towards the Linspire operating system that Michael Robertson represents. He claims it’s “The world’s easiest desktop Linux”. Again: tastes are individual. I feel Mandriva or SUSE would constitute the “easiest desktop Linux”, and others prefer Red Hat Linux.

Let’s Cooperate Instead of Fighting

But honestly speaking wouldn’t it become a better place in the world of IT if we began cooperating so it could become “Innovation Technology” instead of only “Information Technology”. People are beginning to talk of this, but people are so bent on having things THEIR way that we never get to the COMMON good in providing solutions that benefit as many people as possible. You could never attract 100% of the market. Some like it cheaper, some like it smaller, some like ….. You guessed it. There are as many requests as there are users of such machines. Everything IS a compromise.

Although I wouldn’t mind settling with the iPhone, regardless of whether Mr. Robertson prefers his Nokia…..

Have a nice weekend everyone. 🙂

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