Usually I hold something very precious to me in my hand, but I was out in public, so I couldn’t do that. Instead I played with Apple’s gadget du jour.
It’s lovely, but nothing could live up to the iHype.
Pinching is cool – it’ll be interesting to see what else Apple steals off Jeff Han, he’s a genius, so I don’t blame them for doing it. I don’t know if you’ve been keeping up with his interface research, but it’s AWESOME. Like a HollywoodOS, only it actually works. (This is the same interface stuff Microsoft are using in their new Surface device.)
The screen is awesome, I watched some h.264 encoded YouTube videos on it and they were super crisp and clean.
Google maps is sweet – but Google Maps is sweet on all phones, it’s a great application.
Coverflow makes far more sense using a fingertip than a mouse. Bad news here though: Karl found a really stinky and obvious interface bug – if you touched an album cover “wrong” it skipped right through to the very end of the albums, which seems like maybe it could be a shortcut, but it didn’t make any sense when it did it, and it only did it in one direction. The interface is really simple, so it just shouldn’t do anything unexpected like this. (And there are so few applications on the device that their testing must have turned this glitch up, so I don’t know why they didn’t fix it.)
Anyway, it is a very pretty thing, but no matter how pretty a thing, it is still just a thing.