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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