Is the emperor of mobile content a nudist, after all? I'm interested in the buzz about the mobile web, but I have been waiting for somebody to state the obvious. Finally it's happened.
Cell phones are poor surfing platforms, says Michael Fitzgerald of the New York Times on SeattlePI.com.
In this field I'm not an early adopter. If I ever give in, I'll be a surly adopter. I use my cell phone for phone calls and texts, full stop. Why should I torture a phone into a doomed attempt to imitate my lovely Mac and 17 inch screen? (Be bigger, be bigger!) Still I was willing to believe the rest of the world was happy to grapple with web sites on their iPhones and Blackberries. I even have my own little plan for mobile poems simmering in the back of my mind.
Now, bless him, Fitzgerald tells the uneasy history of Man's Search For Ubiquitous Access, finishing with the verdict of Nathan Eagle, an MIT researcher in Kenya:
he thinks the basic Web experience for most of the world's 3 billion cell phones will never involve trying to thumb-type Web addresses or squint at e-mail messages.
Instead, he said, it will be voice-driven. "People want to use their phone as a phone."
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