the iPhone iLine – Interviewing Some Of The First In Line For The iPhone

My friend Paul and I did an impromptu swing by the line outside the Apple store on June 29th, and with N95′s in hand we did some spontaneously interviews of some of the folks in line.

Link to youtube

One side note that I only discovered after doing this video is the iPhone doesn’t do video at all, which I was really surprised about. When Paul was editing he put his Nokia fan boy bumper that said “you can watch this on an iPhone but you couldn’t make it” and I actually argued with him on that point, I thought video was assumed.

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  1. karen
    Posted July 3, 2007 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    Interesting video — it would be fascinating to survey everyone who bought an iPhone to find out what brand of phone they were replacing.

    I have an N95 and like it alot, it’s a great converged device. I’m hoping that the iPhone opens the eyes of Americans to the great variety of high-end phones out there (Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung) so that they’re no longer so willing to just accept any low-end model from their wireless carrier.

  2. Posted July 3, 2007 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Karl: I just saw this at DA’s place and wanted to tell you how terrific this is; I love that you did this–very interesting and HUGE props my friend.

    Keep ‘em coming, I’ll keep watching!

  3. Posted July 3, 2007 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Wow, thanks CK, I had a lot of fun making it for sure, I was actually a little worried going up to people in the line at first and accosting them, but once I got in the swing of things we had a blast :-)

  4. Posted July 3, 2007 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Karl — Excellent work on this indeed. Not only are you capturing it on your device, but you treated people with respect which goes a long way to the perception of this video I think. It’s very interesting to see how passionate people get about devices like the iPhone and how some of the hype blurs the facts. I give Apple huge credit on the interace, but things like lack of video are hugely disappointing. Now if you can get the N95 on Verizon I’ll be all set. Thanks!

  5. Posted July 4, 2007 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    Good stuff, you’ve actually made the Nokia phone more relevant by bringing it to the iPhone party and talking to people about what they want out of phones.

  6. Posted July 6, 2007 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Karl, I just saw your video over at FutureLab, and came here to give my input.

    I know what I want in a cell phone: RFID reader. At first glance, this may seem left field, only because no one is yet doing so, but it could be THE KILLER APP that actually moves the center of gravity in mnay user’s digital world from their desktop to their pocket.

    I have not yet bought an iPhone, though I’ve considered it— I currently have a Razr, a video iPod, and a Palm TX. For my next mobile device, I hope to be able to consolidate a bit.

    I have written a piece on mobile RFID at GigantiCo. I’ve gotten some good feedback that could be of interest to you. I’d love to read any thoughts you too may have on the matter.

  7. Posted July 9, 2007 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    This is a riot. Especially the ending! Viewing, but not making. BIG difference indeed!

  8. Posted July 9, 2007 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks CC, yeah, I think the creative side of things is incredibly important. IMHO most companies in the mobile phone business still treat users as primarily passive consumers, I think if more companies treated there customers as creators, with tools and services to support that they would do very well.

  9. Posted October 10, 2007 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    I’ll bet on these:

    1. Apple will be faster in adding video/mms/3g in iPhone (than Nokia adding touch screens _and_ 2 fingers gestures on those screens :-)

    2. You won’t see people queuing for Nokia (anytime soon :-)

    3. You’re holding a dying breed :-)

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