I never thought I'd say this, but I just bought an iPhone 3G. This is my first Apple purchase since I bought an original Macintosh way back in 1984. I can't wait to see what great stuff Steve Jobs & Co. have to offer when I'm ready for my next Apple buy in 2032.
A few weeks ago I bought a Blackberry Curve for my new job at O'Reilly. I seemed to be the only Blackberry user there and I quickly developed iPhone envy. That's when you see too many of your colleagues doing really cool iPhone things, the kind of stuff you simply can't do on a Blackberry.
Another factor also came into play last week. While attending the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco I got to hear famed venture capitalist John Doerr talk about his passion for the iPhone. At one point, he held his iPhone up and said he believes this platform will ultimately become more important and influential than the PC platform.
Read that last sentence again and let it sink in. Doerr wasn't saying the PC platform is dying out and the iPhone will one day be more important than it. He's saying that as revolutionary as the original PC marketplace was (and has been), the iPhone platform is poised to have even more of an impact.
The impact Doerr is referring to isn't just limited to the device being a good phone, of course. It's about how the iPhone is (and will become even more of) a multifunction device, including serving as an enabler to all forms of content.
Do I want to read an entire book on this tiny screen? Probably not, but I can honestly say I would have been less inclined to buy a Kindle if I already had an iPhone. (Sorry Amazon.)
Stay tuned for more iPhone reports in future posts. And my thanks to the local AT&T reps who pointed out that, within 30 days of my original purchase, if I was willing to pay a $20 restocking fee I could swap out my Blackberry. Imagine how thrilled I was to find out I was on day 27 of the initial 30. That may turn out to be the best $20 I've ever spent!
P.S. -- As I've said about the Kindle, if you're in the publishing business you owe it to yourself to personally experience new technologies like the iPhone. You can't really gauge its impact if you're not using one yourself. I think Doerr is right. The iPhone will continue to be a disruptive factor for a lot of industries, including publishing.