Armano wrote a post a while ago about how having an iPhone had shifted the way he treated phones as objects, i.e. from careless to careful. I quote: "Steve Jobs and his merry band of desingers, engineers and marketers had given me not only a product, but practically a new member of the family. In fact, I have only dropped my iPhone once and I still feel badly about it." That's quite a feat, but then it's quite a phone.
Scouse and I noticed another shift in behaviour that the iPhone has bought about. Phones used to be an expression of your self-image, in a Hebdige kind of way. If someone in your social circle got the same phone as you and you'd got it first, that would be kind of lame of them. Having a different phone to your friends used to give kudos, but now having the same phone is more important. It might not seem like a big thing, but it's pretty interesting how products can shift our behaviour en masse.
You've got to be amazed at Apple's total takeover of the mainstream, first through music and now in telephony. We're now individuals through different iterations of Apple product. Crazy.
In other news, I desperately need a new phone, but am having dilemma. Any suggestions? My dream combination would be a StarTac and a Peek, but you can only get Peeks in America.