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Tim O’Reilly on how the iPhone has changed expectations

Multi-touch Raises the Bar:

“There’s been an awful lot of commentary about Amazon’s new Kindle. It’s clearly lived up to its name, and ignited a lot of discussion and excitement about the new possibilities of the always-on electronic book.

I wanted to add one more piece of fuel to the fire. But it’s not about ebooks, or even much about the Kindle. It’s about the way that the iPhone has changed my expectations of electronic devices. When I picked up my first Kindle, I immediately began to stroke the screen. Nothing happened. The device felt curiously inert, almost dead. It took me a moment to remember that the controls were on the side.”

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