Jeremy Toeman encapsulates the backlash with a post entitled, "iPhone Appeal Drops Daily."
Jeremy is right, but short-sighted. We're going to see oscillations in the way people look at iPhone. The first blast from the Reality Distortion Field was bound to dissipate and invoke a backlash. I felt it too. But does a sine wave go up or go down? Does the tide come in or go out?
But coming up to Week Three of the iPhone Planet, I'm inclined to trust the first impressions more than the carping. And I'm prepared to call witnesses.
Bruce Tognazzini, who is smart, deep, and relentless about user experience, gives the iPhone user interface an expert walk-through. What you need to know is that Tog is neither a push-over or a fanboy. The verdict?
What’s important is that, for the first time, so many great ideas and processes have been assembled in one device, iterated until they squeak, and made accessible to normal human beings. That’s the genius of Steve Jobs; that’s the genius of Apple.Embedded in the review are reader comments and questions, with Tog's responses.
Andy Ihnatko spent time using the phone. He's hooked. Chris Pirillo, says his brother, who is not a geek or gadget freak wants one. And Om Malik gets to the heart of things: The iPhone represents a watershed in user-interface paradigms. Expect a range of successful products -- and they won't all be phones -- to follow using.
Mickeleh's Take: I trust the thinking and craft that lead to the iPhone U-I. There's more reality than distortion to the initial wave of jaw dropping. Everything that people are carping about might not matter and can be changed if it does. The moaning about iPhone being a closed-system reminds me of Seinfeld's joke about the difference between the way men and women treat the remote while watching TV: Women care about what's on TV. Men care about about what else is on TV. There will be enough folks thrilled with what the iPhone can do to keep Apple shareholders happy. As for those who focus more on about what else it might do... they'll have their shot. It won't stay closed forever.
Now can we please stop talking about the iPhone until it ships?
More on Tog's view of iPhone at Techmeme
(Tags: iPhone, Interface, U-I, User Experience, Jobs, Steve Jobs)