The hidden value of the iPhone

The iPhone may be a great purchase precisely because it doesn't work. Really.

I asked a friend today (we'll call him "Bryce Roberts" to protect his identity) about his experience with the iPhone. He was a heavy Blackberry user before, so I wanted to find out how the transition was going. He said:

It's actually given me a healthier relationship with email (and my family). Because it's so hard to type on this thing, I spend a lot less time with the device.

How's that for a technology coup? Sexy enough that people want to use it, but unusable enough that they don't. I'm actually thinking of buying one now. I could do with a lot less time on email. Now if only it could solve the blogging problem....

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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