Blackberry, iPhone and iPad Thoughts

First off lets talked about the iPhone. Having burnt though two Blackberry’s over the last n years I’ve moved to an iPhone. The liked the Blackberry because it had good Microsoft Exchange integration, and I could type while walking – plus I could be connected via Google Talk. iPhone looks cooler, the whole touch is nice, and the App Store is nice – MSDN Developer community style and tools for the iPhone. They keyboard isn’t bad, my typing isn’t as good as on the Blackberry.

The Push notification work well – Google Mail, Microsoft Exchange and IM+. One of the pains that I have found is Microsoft Exchange integration. If I am underground on the subway and I want to delete emails I can’t 😦 – this worked nicely and queued the deletes on the Blackberry. I’m not sure if this is fixed in iPhone OS 4. I would also be nice to add icons to the main screen for the email accounts, I find it annoying to have to drill up/down to access my two email accounts.

So to the iPad. It’s clear that the iPad is changing our experience of the internet coupled with our user experience expectations of application interaction. KPCB’s iFund is helping to drive market-changing ideas and products that build upon the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Entertainment and social networking seem to be the primary drives of “i” applications. Post release of the iPad there has been a lot of chatter on the sell-side trading desks – for obvious reasons 🙂 What we can expect is that in next year or so somebody in the sell-side world is going to come up with a cool killer Capital Markets application.

What we know today is that if you haven’t already, it’s time to download Xcode. The future is interesting.

~ by mdavey on May 25, 2010.

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