You turn if you want to...

The other day, I could be found proclaiming my undying love for the Apple iPhone.  I knew in my bones that I would give it as much space as it needed, and when it finally came to me I would tenderly love it forever and always.  However, I must now confess that since my proclamations of love, I have become wracked by doubts....  iPhone is just too far away - beyond touch and possession.  Its prior perfection is becoming marred, with flaws beginning to show, and while I have been admiring its beauty from afar, there are other beauties closer to home that I have been ignoring.Now others have started to catch my eye.  I have felt the shameful allure of forbidden 3G delights and I am tempted by the wicked thrill of mobile photography with 5 megapixels and Carl Zeiss Tessar lenses.  Worst of all, the aloof iPhone is far far away.  These delights are temptingly available here and now.  They sit behind their glass windows, beckoning me.

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iPhone love...

I've been watching, only slightly enviously, as lots of my friends on the far side of the Atlantic Ocean get their Apple iPhones.About two years ago I realised with something of a shock that my main requirement for a cellular telephone beyond the basic phonebook and call-making ability was that it fit comfortably in the breast pocket of my shirt....  In fact, they aren't what I need.I suppose that, over the years, I have experienced a fundamental shift in the way I perceive the importance of form vs function....  When it came to computers, the Unix command line was (and still is, a lot of the time) my natural home, and I went around with a sexy Psion Organiser II LZ 64 that was generally referred to as my “brain” (hello Jane, if you're out there!).  To complete the picture, you can imagine a bricklike cellphone attached to my belt somewhere in a bad imitation of Batman.As time went by, and phones and PDAs allegedly converged, I tried to merge them but always ended up carrying two things around with me.  In 2005, I gave up, abandoning smartphones for the smallest and cheapest phone model that matched my minimal functional requirements.  I haven't yet replaced the phone that I got on that occasion - it's the longest I've ever had one.So why do I suddenly want an iPhone?As a geek, there's a lot I like about Apple stuff.  I like that OS X has Unix in it, I have loved both of the iPods I've ever had, and I like to feel that I am kicking back a little against the Microsoft hegemony.  However, on consideration, I'd have to say that the main reason that I covet an iPhone is that I think they are just beautiful - both in terms of hardware and software.  When I watched the video of Steve Jobs launching it at Macworld, I instantly wanted one.I wonder what I'll do if it fails the shirt pocket test.

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