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SXSWi 2008, Day 4: Life After the iPhone



I thought this session was supposed to be about this (from the SXSW summary of the panel):

“The iPhone may be the most disruptive technology of this decade. The countless ubiquitous computing tools available to User Experience professionals mean convenience and usability headaches. With boundaries blurring between web and mobile, how will the UX discipline change? This panel explores challenges for designing Rich Internet Applications for multiple devices.”

That sounded interesting. Unfortunately, the actual panel was nothing like the above description. This presentation had: no info and no real thinking about the future.

More than one panelist said they like other phones better (so what in the world are they doing on this panel – according to the description given, they were supposed to do a bit more thinking about the iPhone, how disruptive it is, and the future).

One panelist said the iPhone was hard to use, another complained about the SMS capabilities and how hard they are to use.

Hmm… I’ve seen like 5000 iPhones this week, all being used successfully.

But enough about that! Fortunately, I’ve only attended two really bad presentations.

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  • http://walt.lishost.org/ walt crawford

    David,

    Surely you’re not saying that you have to like something to talk usefully about it? Or, worse, that you have to like it better than any alternative?

    Doesn’t that, um, more or less shut out any critical discussion? (Or is that the point?)

    You’ve seen 5000 iPhones at SXSW and verified that they’re all being used successfully (as phones?). I’m impressed. That’s a lot of close-up observation.

  • http://walt.lishost.org walt crawford

    David,

    Surely you’re not saying that you have to like something to talk usefully about it? Or, worse, that you have to like it better than any alternative?

    Doesn’t that, um, more or less shut out any critical discussion? (Or is that the point?)

    You’ve seen 5000 iPhones at SXSW and verified that they’re all being used successfully (as phones?). I’m impressed. That’s a lot of close-up observation.

  • davidleeking

    Walt – I’m saying the talk wasn’t useful to me (obviously, my opinion). It wasn’t what was advertised in the conference guide – simple as that.

    Also – there WAS no critical discussion. Just 4-5 panelists coming up with silly nit-picky things. Really – one panelist claiming the keyboard is bad because he can’t successfully use it is NOT critical discussion.

    And thanks for being impressed!

  • http://walt.lishost.org/ walt crawford

    Good enough. Yes, you’re right: Nitpicking isn’t the same as critical commentary… And also right: Programs that aren’t as advertised are incredibly annoying. Sounds like you’re enjoying SXSW. I would say “some day,” but probably not, lovely though Austin is.

  • http://walt.lishost.org walt crawford

    Good enough. Yes, you’re right: Nitpicking isn’t the same as critical commentary… And also right: Programs that aren’t as advertised are incredibly annoying. Sounds like you’re enjoying SXSW. I would say “some day,” but probably not, lovely though Austin is.

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  • http://www.westdeptford.lib.nj.us/ Carolyn Wood

    I need to get details on why an Iphone will not connect to a wireless network with no encryption. The device sees the network and cannot connect. Did anyone discuss this issue at the session?

  • http://www.westdeptford.lib.nj.us Carolyn Wood

    I need to get details on why an Iphone will not connect to a wireless network with no encryption. The device sees the network and cannot connect. Did anyone discuss this issue at the session?

  • http://www.westdeptford.lib.nj.us/ Carolyn Wood

    Still searching for a solution. Might have to visit a local Apple Store.

  • http://www.westdeptford.lib.nj.us Carolyn Wood

    Still searching for a solution. Might have to visit a local Apple Store.

  • davidleeking

    Apple store would be the way to go – the panel didn’t mention it, and I have no experience with it. Sorry!

  • davidleeking

    Apple store would be the way to go – the panel didn’t mention it, and I have no experience with it. Sorry!

  • davidleeking

    Walt – I'm saying the talk wasn't useful to me (obviously, my opinion). It wasn't what was advertised in the conference guide – simple as that.

    Also – there WAS no critical discussion. Just 4-5 panelists coming up with silly nit-picky things. Really – one panelist claiming the keyboard is bad because he can't successfully use it is NOT critical discussion.

    And thanks for being impressed!

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