First let me rant. The iPad is a magical and revolutionary device that fails on too many levels to make it desirable. As everyone already knows, it’s basically a large iPhone without flash, a camera, and the inability to multi-task on the internet. Now that I got that out, this is how I think smart phones should function:
The only electronic device that most everyone has with them at all times is their phone; it’s a fact, Google it. A phone should function as a communication and electronic device that does everything a computer can do. The iPhone, Nexus One, and other smartphones are getting close to accomplishing this but they are missing a few key details. Everything should be an extension of the phone. I’ll describe a day with this dreamy device. It’s all bluetooth btw, cords are so 2008.
8:00am - Your alarm goes off via your phone, the lights turn on, and the weather / news pops up on your touchscreen tv as you make your way into the shower. Whatever you want to happen when you wake up can be programmed into your phone and sync’d to your house.
9:30am - You leave the house and get into your car where everything on your phone can be operated hands free via the cars interface; gps, music, phone calls, voicemail, etc.
10:00am - You get to work, sit at your desk, and your phone acts as the brain of your computer replacing everything but the monitor, keyboard, and mouse:
1:00pm - You have a flight to Hawaii (dream job) so you unplug your phone, grab your tablet device (iPad 2.0) and head to the airport. Now you can use your tablet device to check e-mail, read a book, video conference, or do anything your computer can currently do from a touch screen interface.
7:00pm - Your flight arrives and you make your way to the hotel where you plug your phone into your pillow because it’s so wonderful and does everything you could ever imagine.
I think Apples’ view on technology (build everything ourselves because no one else is as awesome as Apple) is probably too closed-minded to develop a phone like this that interacts with anything and can serve as a mini computer for any device. Someone (Google?) however has a great opportunity to make a device (free?) that is used in almost every aspect of our lives.