Is the iPhone Passé?

iPhone is totally uncool

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I think so; recently I was at a semi-fancy restaurant sitting next to a “happening” couple. Both of them absorbed by  their iPhones, one white, one black. Later I went to a coffee shop, around the table I sat 3 girls were prominently flashing their Apple accessories.

To me, carrying an iPhone is a statement of conformity, a signal that you are just following the herd. Yes, the iPhone is gorgeous, but the beauty fades when you need to cradle the precious thing in a metal or plastic casing because the back gets scratched like a bumper on UWS, and in just about the same time too.

On top of all that comes the shackles of Steve Jobs. Such pretty shackles, but shackles nonetheless. How about installing Firefox on your iPhone? Nope, what about Issuu’s extremely cool online reader? Nope, but (albeit for a short period of time) you can have an app that “cures gayness”!??!

Naturally, my wife has the iPhone4, and my old 1st gen iPhone gets me some recognition amongst the fauxhemians as being one of the few who were on the bandwagon before the iPhone became totally uncool.

(yes, Vimeo is much cooler than YouTube too)

Author: prescienta

Prescientas ruler

3 thoughts on “Is the iPhone Passé?”

  1. The iPhone vs. Android is shaping up a lot like the Mac vs. PC did 20+ years ago. The Android devices will almost certainly consume 80% of the market (for the kinds of reasons you cite), but that doesn’t mean that the iPhone becomes “uncool.” Just as the Mac was never “uncool” (while Jobs was at the helm) just because it lacked market share.

    There is something different today, which is the ecosystem that surrounds the devices. The iPhone and Android phone are just endpoints to a larger ecosystem of content and services. Apple’s is the iTunes/Appstore, whereas Google’s is Google and, well, the entire Internet. This is where Apple really wins (or looses).

  2. Depends on who you are 🙂

    If you are a 20-something hipster, the iPhone is now totally uncool, and I suspect that the attractiveness and allure of the iProducts will dwindle in the broader population as the competition catches up, and start offering beautiful alternatives.

    The fact that I have to jailbreak the phone, and be in a constant struggle with Apple to keep my freedom bothers me too. Let’s not forget the whole “everything through iTunes” either. I want to decide what goes on my ego-extender, and I suppose that more and more would like to make that decision for themselves too.

    But isn’t anodized aluminum and glossy screens becoming the new PC-beige?

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