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iphone camera – where’s the hype?

June 29th, 2007

I’m a bit behind on the iphone hype. After seeing a story on the yahoo.com frontpage today, I decided to re-check it out at apple.com.

This video pretty much sold me. I can’t believe I spent 20 minutes watching a commercial.

It seemed to have so many features that gave me that “duh, why didn’t they do this 10 years ago with cellphones”

But the one thing that stood out the most was the fact that the Apple iphone camera features are not prominently featured on the site.

It’s briefly mentioned in the video tour when they are talking about the photo gallery features, but they never show the iphone camera in action anywhere. There’s no specs (that I can find) on the camera feature and I can’t even tell if it has a video feature.

This probably means one of 2 things. Either:

The iphone camera features are super mega sucky

or

They have more hype up their sleeves.

At first I thought it was the former, but the more I think it about it, I’m guessing it’s the latter.

I was pretty surprised to see a “youtube button” on the standard iphone menu interface. That says a lot about the importance of youtube today. YouTube has a button on the most popular gadget of 2007.

It’s pretty clear that Apple and Google are pretty buddy buddy on this new toy. Google is the default search (yes, it can be changed), Google Maps is heavily featured (has its own button), Gmail is supported out of the box (along with Yahoo mail), and YouTube (owned by Google) is prominently featured.

Over 16% of all the standard buttons on the iphone are tied to Google :)

I’m thinking that the full coolosity behind the photo/video features of the iphone have yet to be revealed.

Wireless 1 button youtube video uploads?

What I’d really love to see:

Easy photo capture and wireless sending via Google’s HELLO instant messenger.

HELLO is easily the most underrated app out there today. It is the best instant messenger for sending photos and just plain chat. If you haven’t used HELLO, go try it today. You can send a 5MB photo to your family or business partner in seconds.

If the iPhone turns out to have those features, I’ll dump Verizon tomorrow and jump on the Apple bandwagon…early contract termination fees and all.

I wonder how many subscribers Verizon will lose to this new tech meme?