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The Apple iPhone is too complicated for Meredith Vieira


I'm not sure whether we should interpret the fact that the Apple iPhone is too complicated for Meredith Vieira to actually answer an incoming phone call as a problem with Meredith Vieira or with the iPhone itself. But either way, I find it funny.

With all the hype surrounding this latest piece of overpriced gadget bling, you'd think it should be easy enough for even her to use. The hype leads me to believe it should butter my bread and get the car washed. Of course, it is just a phone, albeit with a nice interface, but still just a lousy phone. Is this something we really need to camp out for?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

14 comments
unhappyuser
unhappyuser

No need to buy one here in Vermont (USA). The powers that be have decided that we're too rural to deserve such an item and have no plans to offer service. I'll just continue to use my abacus. EMD

Ollie J
Ollie J

Apple must be rubbing their hands. Thousands of people queueing up to pay inflated "launch" prices that will be discounted in 6 months for what? A phone? Nice interface but really.....What is its killer app other than it's hype? Does the term "Emperor's new clothes" spring to mind?

rich.frueh
rich.frueh

I agree. However, when the RAZR was first introduced, people went insane for that, as well. Go figure. I don't see the iPhone prices dropping soon, however. The iPod and MacBook prices are relatively flat, and only drop when a new release occurs, and then not much.

DanLM
DanLM

No offense to anyone. But, I want my cell phone to be just that. A freaken cell phone and nothing else. I am not going to play mp3's. I don't want to sync it to my computer. I want good reception, ease of use, and phone type functionality. Nothing else. iPhone, yea what ever. A Apple pc with a 2 inch screen. I have enough trouble reading my 20 inch screen, why the hell would I want something that is a 10th of the size for my viewing pleasure. Besides that, I'll buy a bloody lap top with the same amount of money they want for this P.O.S. Dan

SObaldrick
SObaldrick

I spend a lot of time outside of the house, and if feasible that will be without the convenience of my private vehicle. Whether walking, running or riding a bicycle, I will almost certainly stop in a bar or restaurant. While there it would be so convenient to check my voicemail, my email and the Chelsea score. While getting there it's nice to be able to listen to the latest Porcupine Tree CD that I just ripped. Do I want to carry 4 devices with me? - no, one nice convenient Cingular 8125 works just fine. About half the price of the iPhone (when I bought it). Les.

unhappyuser
unhappyuser

I get out a lot but leave my "devices" off and only bring them with me in the case of an emergency. My brain is my calculator. Nature and it's creatures are my MP3 player. Board games are my entertainment. I allow my brain and body to function at a level that many people today can't relate with. It's too slow for them and they need their "toys" to think for them and entertain them. I have the world and it's unlimited capacity and and it's all wireless! EMD

jasondlnd
jasondlnd

I make it a point to "get away" from Technology for at least 5-6 hours a week. Just getting outside and being active can sometimes bring you back in touch with reality and/or yourself. It also makes you a more well rounded person. Truthfully, it makes me appreciate the tech I work with and use on a daily basis; getting out and being active really does clear my head and helps me think straight.

enriquehernz
enriquehernz

I mean, it's part of showing off you have it. A good percetage of people are not fit to use these as they are too technical for the airheads with money to even use them. Watch them stumble initially and end up selling the stupid phone because of the overwhelming number of options on that stupid thing. Smart phones are cool, but the iphone itself is taking it a bit further and embelishing a lot of options that are not needed for a freakin' cell phone. I mean, it does so much stuff, oh yea, it answers calls too... It shouldn't even be called a phone, more like a PDA or something... iPDA. What's with apple and that stupid "i" anyway... God aweful marketing.

bvanloon
bvanloon

I'm not going to be that diplomatic. The problem is most likely Meredith Viera. Enough for that. Why does anyone want music and movies on something called a PHONE?? Good point about the cost of the iPhone vs. a laptop. Bingo! The iPhone is over-priced, over-hyped gadegtry and nothing more. The lemmings that stood in line for these things show their collective stupidity. Letterman should run one of these things over with some heavy machinery or drop one from some building or throw it in a tank of water for his "Will It Float" bit.

nfhiggs
nfhiggs

I thought the whole camera phone thing was freakin moronic! Whats next - HDTV on a postage stamp?

iHaveNoGlue.ahemClue
iHaveNoGlue.ahemClue

I love my iPod. I love my MacBook. Fake Steve Jobs (http://fakesteve.blogspot.com/) is not too shabby. Along with the rest of the universe, I was preparing to love the iPhone, until today when the real Steve Jobs announced the way third party developers would be allowed to add applications: the Web. That's right, the iPhone will come complete with Safari, and developers will be able to harness the power of Web 2.0 to create software with all of the same bells and whistles as native iPhone applications. According to Apple, this allows third party applications to "extend the iPhone's capabilities without compromising its security or reliability." Uh ... that's scary. It's already hard to get Web security right, and giving the Web browser access to your contacts, your photos, and your music just ups the penalty for getting it wrong. If the Web is the platform of the future, then cross-site scripting is the next buffer overflow. This is bad news. I'm going to stop writing iPhone and start writing iP0wn.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

You've got that Baghdad attitude.If it's just a lousy phone then it isn't so bad to blow it up.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

The video works for me, must be something on your end. I'm afraid I don't understand the rest of your comments.