“Now, I just held a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone with the slot for a Memory Stick Duo, and a 2 Megapixel camera. Now *that* is something to get excited about. What a phone! Itâ€™s a bit bigger than the nano, but not really, and saves me from having to worry about charging two separate devices at night. This is the key: Separate devices are bad, convergence is good. The nano is a converged device that forgot to bring along the rest of the functionality. Right away people were joking about hot-gluing the nano to a phone and a camera, does that tell you anything? People expect that sort of thing now! Whereâ€™s the camera? Whereâ€™s the phone? Whereâ€™s the video? Whereâ€™s the games? Why would I spend $250 on a device that *just* plays music?
Yeah, Iâ€™m sure thereâ€™ll be luddite whiners whoâ€™ll go on about form and functionality and how they just want their iPod to play music and their phone to make phone calls and their cameras to take pictures and their Gameboys to play games and their PDAs to do their PIM stuff. You can tell these people by the quantity of bags and charging cords they carry around with them. Me? I prefer one device in my pocket that does everything, and just as well. As the Sony Ericsson has shown us is possible.
Well, I guess I’ll have to disagree with Russ big time *again* ;)
- Firstly, as James comments on Russ’s blog , the iPod does music REALLY WELL. As long as phones don’t have the same convenience and integration (podcasting, iTunes, charge via USB), they’re at a disadvantage.
- Next: memory. The price for that 2 GB Memory Stick is higher than the price of the Nano, and you still only have half the memory. Where do you put your pictures and stuff? Granted, there are a few phones with hard drive coming, but that means higher price, bigger and even worse battery life.
- Last, but not least: battery. Having an all-in-one device means that after two or three hours of listening to MP3s on the train, that’s it for the day – no more phone calls.
Yes, the all-in-one stuff is tempting, but as long as I can’t have a PhoneMP3CameraGameBoy that has a battery that lasts for 3 days at least and fits in my shirt pocket, I’ll pass.