I've wanted a portable computer for a while now, but I could never
find any that I thought would be worth the investment. I've also written
off the PDA scene as a little too nerdy and clumsy.
You shouldn't always need to be behind a keyboard
locked to your desk to be productive. It would be nice to have as
many of the conveniences from your computer as possible in a
device that doesn't frustrate you but becomes part of your daily life
and facilitates more communication with your friends.
That being said, I think the iPod/iPhone Touch devices come the
closest right now to what I would want in a portable device.
It's affordable compared to its competitors when you consider the
quality of the product and the amount of storage you get. Also
equally important is that it simply has the best user interface I've
seen and does not rely on a stylus for input.
But the biggest criticism for the iPod/iPhone is the lack of 3rd party
applications that a user can install. For the rest of the iPod line this
has not been as much of a problem, with the introduction of
WiFi consumers got a taste of the good life and want a lot more.
the Safari web browser. If you remember Microsoft tried this same
approach with Media Center 2005 and it requires a lot of work to
build what is ultimately a mediocre web experience.
Here is a list of things on my wish list, most apply to both the iPhone
and iPod Touch:
Voice over IP using Skype
Google Maps with GPS
I decided to leave certain things off this list, like support for MicroSD
which Apple is unlikely to ever consider
The iPod touch blurs the line between iPod and portable
computer with features like Safari, WiFi 802.11, and YouTube
support. So it's only natural to open up the platform for additional apps.
Apple has shown they are not immune from feedback in the past,
and with the market for portable devices becoming more exciting this
type of ecosystem could really be game changer.