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June 29, 2007

Mom in a Minivan Hangs with the Palo Alto iPhone Groupies

Cp_ipod_iphone_070629 As I am writing this (6pm June 29th) those waiting in the long line at the Apple Store in Palo Alto, some for 24 hours or more, are getting their new iPhone.

After reading the reviews, most recently by David Pogue of the New York Times, I see that there are many advantages and some challenges for the iPhone. The most important advantage (from a Mom's standpoint) seems to be the ease of use and amazing graphics. Everything from the keyboard, web browser and email is controlled by a touch screen. The graphics allow a user to see a newspaper page on their iPhone while scrolling with their fingertips (and double tap to enlarge). The challenge from the reviews seems to be response time. When iPhone users are at a Wi-Fi hotspot, the reviewers say the response time is fast. But, as David Poque said, "otherwise, you have to use AT&T’s ancient EDGE cellular network, which is excruciatingly slow." David Pogue also has an interesting graphical tour of the iPhone. Techmeme was all a-buzzing iPhone talk today.

Overall I agree the iPhone is revolutionary, and so did all the people waiting in line today. I happen to be in downtown Palo Alto touching base with LaBelle, Vivre, Mantra and Romi regarding the results of our mom makeover contest. On the way back, I thought I would drive by the Apple Store to see if anyone is waiting in line. I knew there were lines all over the country, but in Palo Alto? I should have known better, this is Silicon Valley after all!

Robert Scoble (pictured on the left) posted on his blog Scobleizer.com "Report from the line". He happened to be second in line when I went to the front. Now, if I were a real reporter I would of had a pen and paper so I could have written down all the nice peoples' names (who agreed to have their picture taken for a moms blog). But, I am just a mom in a minivan that happened to be on the way to pick her son up from camp so I was lucky to have my camera in the car.

Here is Robert Scoble's son (pictured on the right) who was "number one"in line. He said he has been in line since 9:30am YESTERDAY! They were also featured in the Palo Alto Daily News.

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The NBC News crew was around the corner. They were getting ready to film a story, but kindly agreed to have their picture taken. Wow, lots of excitement in downtown Palo Alto!

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If you walk around the corner, down two blocks and then around the corner again to Lytton, here is the end of the line (that was at 3pm today). When I asked the men at the end why they were waiting in line, they said "Well, they may sell out and it would take months and months to get one - just like what happened when Playstation first came out". Ah yes, I remember hearing about the crazed parents waiting in line to get the newest playstation for their kids. Yeah, right. The only line I wait in for my kids toys is the checkout stand at Target. And not at 2am in the morning.

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For now, I will stick with my BlackBerry. But, when the lines go away - I will be first in line to demo the iPhone.....

Cross posted at Beth Blecherman's personal blog Techamamas.com.

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