Despite the iPhone's tremendous hype, we all know that it's a small, small segment of the total mobile-phone market. According to IDC, a market research firm, iPhones comprise just 2 percent of smartphones — compared to the 63 percent powered by Symbian*.
Interesting then that in December, Google reported, it had more internet traffic from iPhones than any other mobile device.
Think this says something about how useful people find the walkaround web? Or why AT&T is giving free access to 10,000 WiFi hotspots to its broadband subscribers?
And why the Internet Tablet has an 800-pixel-wide screen but still fits in your pocket and weighs only 8 ounces?
Ari Jaaksi pointed out more than two years ago that with the arrival of the Internet Tablet the web wasn't stationary any more. People with laptops aren't walking around checking the web. And surfing the internet on a cellphone screen is just painful. Those were never harbingers of a web paradigm shift.
But we users of the Nokia 770, N800 and N810 know the truth of Ari's statement. And iPhone users are learning it too. We need the web, wherever we are — not every second of the day, but at any moment of our day.
And a large screen, light weight and small size are absolute requirements.
I think we're going to see a much wider commercial acceptance of this “useless” niche this year.
* Nokia owns 47.9 percent of Symbian.