Now that I've had the 3GS for a little while, I'm just as convinced as I was before I got it that this thing will be huge for mobile content producers. As I said in my last post, the specs on the 3GS may not be as revolutionary or as awe-inspiring as some may like, but it's the way everything is brought together that means so much to the mobile platform.
I think we're on the verge of something special. There's no doubt that the app store has shaken things up in the way that people look at mobile devices. That's been pretty obvious for quite some time. But I think that the features of the 3GS really will have a huge impact for content creators.
Hands down, the most obvious of those features is the camera. Now that the iPhone's camera has been bumped up slightly to 3MP, has autofocus, and the ability to shoot video, I think we're going to be seeing big changes in communications. Like I said in my last post, I decided to sell my Flip Ultra video camera and succesfully did so (thank you eBay!) There didn't seem to be a reason to keep a standalone video camera in my backpack when I always have my iPhone in my pocket. Is the quality fantastic? Of course not. Will it replace my DSLR or HD Handycam? Of Course not. But that's not the point.
The point is that I have a capable camera with a data connection with me at all times. If you're in communications and that doesn't blow your mind when you think about it for a moment, I don't know what will! As we see events and stories being tweeted now almost as they happen, the fact that one of the most popular smart phones in the world now has video is astounding. Think about the first picture that came in of the plane landing in the Hudson. Imagine if that person had a phone with video. In this day and age, videos seems to just say it better.
Even a month ago we're seeing the effects of the 3GS's camera. Mobile uploads are up 400%! I'll say it again, if you work in communications and that doesn't blow your mind, there might not be anything that will! If you run a blog or a business, if you're a content producer or an enthusiast, this is nuts. You can be virtually anywhere now, take a video, bam, it's online. You could get a little tripod (if anyone knows of one please let me know) for your iPhone, set up shop, film yourself and then send it out to you all your fans, customers, etc. Could this be done with other smart phones before? Absolutely. Could my parents do it though? Not likely. They're already creating videos and sharing them within the family. This is why it's huge. It's so simple that my parents can be out at a show, snap some footage, and send it to my sister and I.
You're at a trade show? Grab a product or someone you want to interview, have someone hold your iPhone or use the tripod, hit record, trim it, hit publish, and presto- new content.
How about this- let's say you've got a product, maybe a bicycle. You really want to get some feedback by people who are already riding and thinking about upgrading. Give 5-10 of them an iPhone 3GS and ask them to take it with them and film their bikes, where they ride, the troubles that they encounter. Then you have them upload them and share and get feedback with other riders. (Could you give them a Flip cam which is cheaper in the long run, sure. But who wouldn't love an iPhone even more?!)
Point is, there are tons and tons of ways you can use this to effectively grow your community or your client base. It's super easy to use, it's fun to do it, and with the upgraded processor of the 3GS, it'll be even faster (yes, I realize that the 3G doesn't have video recording.)
What do you think? Are you as excited for what the 3GS can do to communications as I am?