If you’ve attended our lunch & learn 2.0 webinar titled “Structured Wikis—the power of two” a few weeks ago (which was presented by Peter Thoeny, the founder of Twiki.org and co-founder of StructuredWikis LLC), you are probably familiar with Structured Wikis (called TWikis) and how they can serve not only as a collaboration tool for creating and sharing information, but also as a collaborative application development platform for incrementally automating processes, workflow, and data management.
So what does this have to do with the iPhone? Yesterday, Peter edited a TWiki page using the iPhone. “The Safari based browser works extremely well” indicated Peter, and obviously the keyboard and auto-correct feature helped. So not only the iPhone takes Web browsing to the next level (the ultimate on-the-go browsing machine, you might call it) but it keeps you well connected and fully functional with your Web applications.
The Web browsing features I described yesterday include the ability to double-tap and zoom in so you can easily read the small print, turning the Apple iPhone sideways so you get the wider view and the larger keyboard, and using the multi-page feature to load multiple pages and easily “flip” from one to the other (with these features, I can see some of the iPhone fans who were waiting in line at the Apple Store using the iPhone to do their Web browsing, even when they are at their desk!)
So how do you hold the Apple iPhone?
- Is it a one hand device? No really. Even though you might be able to get by with one hand in certain areas, when you Try to tap some of the options that are on the top of the screen, this may be a little too far to reach while holding the iPhone with one hand, and you may risk dropping it.
- Do you hold it in one hand and tap with the other? Maybe. This seems to be the most logical thing to do, and it works well. It does however prevent you from using both thumbs for typing which may slow you down during typing. Also, the hand that is tapping would be free-floating in the air without having an “anchor” on the device which may feel a little awkward at times.
- Do you hold it the BlackBerry way? Not quite. Well the iPhone is not wide enough to hold it with two hands like you would hold a BlackBerry (not the Pearl of course), and in addition, the center of gravity seems to be a little higher, so you may be risking having it flip over and fall from your hands. Furthermore, the screen is a touchscreen, and a sensitive one, so in the BlackBerry position, you are likely to be accidentally hitting the touchscreen with unwanted taps.
So have I found my ideal hands position on the iPhone?
I think this is still developing but for now, here are the hands positions that I am finding myself using:
For simple things, like quickly checking the weather, I use one hand, and that seems to work well. For more elaborate applications such as scanning e-mail, I hold the iPhone with one hand and tap with the other. When it comes to typing, I use a pseudo-BlackBerry position, with the hands overlapping in the back and letting the iPhone rest there (instead of really holding it), with the small finger of the right hand preventing the iPhone from falling down. This seems to free the thumbs for typing without relying on them to help hold the iPhone and therefore accidentally touching the touchscreen.
The Apple iPhone Camera
And what do you do when you have a camera? You take pictures. So below are some more of the pictures I have taken in the last few days in San Francisco as the iPhone accompanied me to social and business activities.