Restraint Makes Better Apps – This Mobile Life S01E06 Show Notes

Restraint Makes Better Apps_S1E6 Notes

In episode 6 of This Mobile Life podcast, I discuss how the exercise of restraint makes better apps. It is one of those things that makers of digital products tend to overlook. This is not usually included in the checklist of priorities. In fact, we’re trying to cram as many features as possible into a product!

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The Lifecycle

Just a few thoughts in my head right now.

Nokia's camera phone

Nokia's camera phone

Phone Lifecycle vs Consumer Lifecycle

In the world of mobile, the product lifecycle has not really changed much. What has really changed is the consumer lifecycle. Sure phones aren’t made like they were used to like my first phone the NOKIA 5110*.

Our expectations, desires, and wants have dramatically shortened. This has been driven by a culture of consumerism, faster software releases, hardware tweaks and more choice of models backed by multimillion dollar marketing campaigns. Its a culture which Apple has thrived on, by introducing iPods that needed to be replaced every year and I believe this has had a flow on effect to the iPhone.

Hey I’m no different, I’m hanging out to get the HTC Desire. And I’ve only had my HTC Dream for a a bit more than a year. My previous Nokia phone lasted more than several years including several overseas trips. Now I need more heft, cause I want to run Froyo 2.2 and apps that require more processing power. I *need” it because I have an Android blog called GhostInTheDroid. Thats what I tell myself.

I’m out like the 5110

Matt Ho

*This was a classic, no nonsense phone that still works.

First guy in line for the iPad is real!

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have heard about this device called the iPad. The tech blogs I frequent are going crazy over the iPad, the reviews, the apps, the problems with the wifi etc….

Techcrunch posted a video of the first guy in line for the iPad at the NYC Apple store. I wasn’t sure if he was a fake due to some of the comments from the readers, even though there was another video of him being first in line for the iPhone.

My friend Betty who was in NYC recently, took this exclusive photo for me.

Clearly its no fake!

Guy sleeping in the chair on far right

Guy sleeping in the chair on far right

Yes, some people are da uber nerds….

I’m out like being first in line for the iPad,

Matt Ho.