In a pleasing but entirely surprising turn, it appears loved British comic actor Stephen Fry is blogging—about smartphones. It’s not like the only people who are allowed to wax rhapsodic about the Psion 3’s ARM processor are tech writers, but it’s just a bit shocking to realize someone in the real world is still a major nerd.
My obsession with SmartPhones began many, many years ago. Certainly well before such devices existed in the real world. From the first Sharp contact-and-calendar “electronic organisers” , through the early Psions, the sadly missed AgendA (see above: no QWERTY there, more a kind of weird courtroom stenographer’s chord-based input pad: never have I been able to write faster than with that splendid object – I had another device using the same input system called, I think, Qinky, which connected to the Centronix port of a BBC Micro), to the opening salvo of Palm Pilots, Apple’s Newton and the arrival of Handspring. If they existed I had to have them. Had to. Some could be used with a phone: they might generate dial-tones for example, or somehow, like the later Psions, come with the optional extra of an infrared modem that could shake hands with a Nokia mobile phone and put one on the path to something approaching what today we might call a SmartPhone experience. Those infrared modem scripts still lurk in the system preference and plugin files of even the most up-to-the-minute computer, like a Kodak Instamatic in the back of a drawer. Obsolete, but too charming to throw away. And you never know – one day you might just need them …
After clearing his throat for a couple thousand entertaining words, Fry gets into reviewing his current stable, including the Nokia E61 and E61i, the Palm Foleo, and the Sony Ericsson M600i—all compared to his iPhone, which he loves.
Update: Okay, so I’m still sitting here reading this instead of working, but man, what a treat. This piece is like a mental massage for me. Check this out:
We spend our lives inside the virtual environment of digital platforms – why should a faceless, graceless, styleless nerd or a greedy hog of a corporate twat deny us simplicity, beauty, grace, fun, sexiness, delight, imagination and creative energy in our digital lives?