2009 September 28

What Have I Got in My Pocket?


An iPhone in my hand

Recently I attended one grandfather’s 90th birthday, also visiting my 93-year-old other grandfather. Trying to describe my iPhone in terms of real-world analogs produced the following list. (Naturally, other iPhones will represent different objects.)

Having an iPhone is like carrying these in your pocket:

  • Telephone
  • Phonograph and hundreds of LPs
  • Television
  • VCR and a shelf of movies
  • Remote control
  • Radio
  • Camera
  • Photo albums
  • Super-8 movie camera
  • Alarm clock
  • Carpenter’s bubble level
  • File cabinet full of letters
  • Typewriter
  • Calendar
  • Address book
  • Public library
  • Newsstand
  • Atlas, compass, and sextant
  • Personal assistant
  • Translator
  • Calculator
  • Chess set and opponent
  • Casino
  • Crossword puzzle collection
  • Pinball machine
  • Shelf full of other games
  • …oh yeah, and a computer.