January 7th, 2004
Will Cell Phones Render iPods Obselete?. Of course they will. As a matter of fact, I was shopping for a cell phone the last few weeks, and this was my wish list:
- Able to call somebody. By far the most important requirement.
- Camera. And a decent one, one I can use when I forgot my Olympus, not one that takes poststamp-size pictures. Even better: one that excees my Olympus in capabilities.
- Speakerphone. I've had one too many call from my parents-in-law, discussing a meeting time, which ended up in me acting as a proxy between them and my girlfriend.
- Java functionality. Hey, I want to at least know what it feels like to program such a thing.
- MP3 player. But a good one, one that can carry more than 30 minutes of music.
- GPS system. I end up driving through Brussels quite some times lately, and I always end up getting lost.
All of these devices exist seperately. But my pockets just ain't that big. Nor is my wallet. I am convinced that in the not-so-distant future (one year?), such a device will become available. In fact, Sony-Ericsson's P900 comes very close. I expect that, in a not-too-distant future, these devices become affordable to anybody (as in: you'll see grandma's shopping with it, just like you now see grandma's calling home to ask if dear husband wants chicken or fish for dinner).
But I digress. The point is: all these devices will become one. No question about it.