This time, though, I want to say the good word about the iPhone. Or rather than saying good things about the iPhone itself I want to say why I don’t think buying an iPhone in today’s market is a capital offence.
At least in Australia, the iPhone dominates the smartphone market. The immediate implication of this dominance is that parties who want to release mobile phone apps do so for the iPhone, and almost exclusively for the iPhone alone. Examples include:
- Vicroads, an application that will tell you how long it should take you to drive from where you are to Point B in Victoria’s main roads and also allow you to see what the roads look like the way by accessing their cameras (as per the above shot).
- ANZ has a banking app that lets you access your account in a matter of seconds to perform complicated operations easily.
- AroundMe compares your location with map information and Yellow Pages information to tell you about businesses around you. It proved itself very useful when I needed to quickly find a pharmacy while visiting Sydney, to name but one example.
- TramTracker is an app that tells you the live story of Melbourne trams and tram stops around you.