Gizmodo has a great post Oops, iPhone Display Needs to Reboot, Runs Windows XP by Charlie White.
People want to get into religious wars about hardware, operating systems and software. In the end we need to remember that they are all just tools to help you get a job done.
In my post Religions of Rich Internet Applications, I discuss my Ed Hume analogy:
I always find it interesting that we separate ourselves into camps. I don’t think you would hear Ed Hume, a gardening personality, duking it out with other gardeners about a hoe or a spade being a better tool – he would want to know what you ant to do, and then tell you the best tool for the job. RIA is a tool that will help us move applications, access to content and collaboration forward. There might be different ideas of how to get there, but in the end they are just tools and technologies.
The iPhone being a $600 device doesn’t meet my needs. I don’t need a phone or device that helps define who I am. At the same time I am not going to denigrate the iPhone. I think it is a great tool, it is just a tool that doesn’t suite my needs. The fact that it is selling like it is, does not negatively impact me at all.
In the end we use a variety of tools to get our jobs and tasks done. Different jobs require different tools. And funny enough, the iPhone display needs Windows XP.