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iPhone – the $200 Flashlight

By Brian | July 30, 2008 | Share on Facebook

How’s this for a lede in a Forbes article:

The geeks are at the gates, and they’ve brought their virtual light sabers. When it comes to nerdery, the legions who camped outside Apple’s stores last month to buy the iPhone have nothing on the developers Apple let loose to write software for it. At least three applications turn the $199 iPhone 3g into a flashlight. Another, World 9, lets out a vintage Nintendo bleep every time you bump the phone. In less than 15 minutes you can load up the iPhone with enough junk to make esthete Steve Jobs lose his vegan lunch of brown rice and broccoli.

The article goes on to describe several other App Store choices.  While I haven’t played with the device (or the store), it sounds to me like what you typically get when you provide a powerful tool to the public at large: some really cool applications of the tool and a whole lot of shlock.  I will say that GPS on a device with a robust OS is new enough that every application of it gets an automatic +10 on the coolness scale (for example, OmniFocus will remind you of your “Buy milk” Task List item when you walk past the grocery store.  Coolness + 10!)

Topics: Tech Talk | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “iPhone – the $200 Flashlight”

  1. Ilya says at August 6th, 2008 at 8:19 am :
    … except that I would take a few points off coolness rating for anyone who actually has to have a “Buy Milk” task in his list… :)

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