The memory that sticks with me, in fact, is that I was temporarily
dumbstruck by the sheer feel of the device. I was testing it while
sitting with a couple of Apple executives as well as an Apple PR
handler. The idea was that I could try out the device while also
asking them questions. As I used the iPhone, I found it very
difficult to speak questions or even listen to the answers. The
iPhone was so unlike anything I’d ever handled. The brightness of
the screen and the density of its pixels were shocking; the weight
of the small slab was strangely comforting.
It was all in shocking contrast to my phone at the time, a Palm
Treo. I hated it. Every time I went somewhere, I asked myself, “Do
I need to bring my phone with me?” If I could avoid it, I wouldn’t
bring it along. The iPhone would be the first phone I’ve owned
that I wanted to keep in my pocket at all times.