Another day in San Francisco, but this ones started with the underground train having a mechanical problem, and us having to switch to the street train. The iPhone was there to document this. Then I took advantage of the commute time and used the iPhone to make a few calls. When I needed to take some notes while I am on the phone, I tapped the home button, and then the Note button, and typed some notes. The iPhone is even capable of retrieving or sending e-mail while you’re on the phone if you happen to be in an area where you have access to a WiFi network.
The Apple iPhone brings the Web to a whole new level
I don’t know about you, but browsing the Web from smartphones has “not” been one of my favorite things to do, because the Web browser interfaces on the smartphones I used so far have been, oh well, just “okay”. Obviously I have done plenty of Web browsing with the 9+ devices I used in the 81-day-experiment, but again that is out of necessity and not usually something to look forward to. Apple has redefined this browsing experience and this may be one of the main accomplishments of the Apple iPhone—bringing the Web experience to a whole new level just like the iPod brought the music experience to a whole new level.
You can easily switch the iPhone to a landscape position, and the webpage will adjust automatically. And now when you start typing a URL, you get a wide version of the keyboard which is a real treat. Once you type the desired URL and tap the Go button, the page is retrieved, and now the magic starts.
Double-tapping on the page will zoom in, and I “really” mean zoom in. So now you can actually see the details and read easily just like you would on a desktop screen. You can use your finger to move the page around and see more of the page content. You can tap on a hyperlink to activate it.
The Apple iPhone Multiple Pages capability
And it doesn’t stop with tapping and double-tapping. Now you want to browse yet another page. So you tap on the Multi-Page button, and then the New Page button, and type the new URL. At this point, both pages are loaded, and you can with your finger “flip the page”. Just like I described in the Weather application earlier, you can simply drag to the left or right to see the various webpages that you retrieved, zooming in and out by double-tapping and then double-tapping again, and dragging the page around to view the details.
After all, smartphones are devices we use on the go, and after all, the Web is our primary source of information, and making the web usable on the go is quite an accomplishment.
So how do you hold the Apple iPhone?
- Is it a one hand device? Not really.
- Do you hold it in one hand and tap with the other? Maybe.
- Do you use the BlackBerry way? Not quite, but possible.
- So have you found your ideal hands position? I am still experimenting.
More about this tomorrow!