Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Caving In - sort of

Since being here, I find myself walking around a lot, and while at times I enjoy the sights and sounds, other times I was craving music. My shuffle is great for the gym, but leaves a bit to be desired for anything more. So I decided it was time for a new iPod. This being Hong Kong and all, I went on an adventure to Mong Kok and came away with a 2G iPhone for slightly more than a new iPod, and for $10/month get data service.

That now means that I have caved - I suppose. After a few days with it, there is no way I'm giving up my blackberry, so caving might not be the right phrase... Nonetheless, I'm using it for music and a bit of surfing as I wander around.

While I will leave other to debate the quality and superiority of one phone or another, I have a much simpler observation I wanted to share. With the release of the app store, everyone knew that this was going to be a global product. All the developers were aware that it would be sold all other the world. However, numerous apps I have downloaded are for use in the US only - whether expressly or implicitly. Some just wont start up, others can "find" me in their program but didn't load in a map of the area, meaning I have an empty screen. 

This, in a world which is flat, simply should not happen. Build your product so it doesn't rely on text messages, and load in a world map instead of a US map. It isn't that hard, is it?

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