Tales From the Bitface (Posts about design)https://devilgate.org/enContents © 2020 <a href=”mailto:martin@devilgate.org”>Martin McCallion</a> Thu, 11 Jun 2020 11:57:17 GMTNikola (getnikola.com)http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssI phone, you phonehttps://devilgate.org/blog/2008/09/18/i-phone-you-phone/Martin McCallion<div><p></p><p>So, I’ve got an iPhone. I walked into the O2 shop near work the other day, and came out half an hour later with an 8 GB phone and a £30-a-month contract.</p> <p>The device itself is a thing of beauty, in both hardware and software terms.</p> <p>iTunes, however, is an ugly piece of dingbat’s kidneys.</p> <p>Don’t get me wrong: it does its thing well, from playing music, through purchases, to synchronisation. But my <em>god</em>, it looks ugly.</p> <p>And nor do I like the way it presents the music it knows about; but then, I’ve never seen an application that does that very well.</p> <p>As to typing with the on-screen keyboard, well, it’s actually not that bad; it’s never going to. Be fast, bit there are some smart optimisations, like automatically switching back from the symbol keyboard to the letter one when you hit space after a comma, or immediately after you type an apostrophe.</p> <p>And I almost cry with happiness every time I see the transition from one app to another.</p> <p><em>ETA:</em> As you can see from the typoes above, I wrote that on the shiny device. I’ll leave them in for posterity.</p></div>designiPhonetechwritinghttps://devilgate.org/blog/2008/09/18/i-phone-you-phone/Thu, 18 Sep 2008 06:59:47 GMT