iPhone: “Slow Web Access”

Kind of interesting article about Apple’s possibly developing a tablet PC. (I say “kind of”, because I’m not necessarily convinced this is a real product as much as a prototype for something Apple is playing around with.) But here’s the part I most took note of:

So, can Apple turn the Tablet PC into a success when previous attempts have failed? The short answer is ‘yes’. Any company that can make a mobile phone with no buttons, no picture messaging, slow Web access and no video capture into the most desirable phone on the planet can easily make tablets popular.

The thing that piqued my interest was the “slow Web access” comment. Is the iPhone’s web access really “slow?” It is, but only compared to mobile devices that virtually no consumers really own. And even on those devices, have you ever tried browsing the web? Is it anything like the experience you get when browsing on Mobile Safari? (Answer: no.)

So, yes in purely technical terms, iPhone web access is slow. But as a practical matter, it’s the only mobile web access I’ve ever seen that’s actually worth using. And so it follows: it’s the fastest available.


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