The 45 year old iPhone lady watching Prison Break on the train

I’m standing on the Vomit Comet from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria. This train leaves at 2315 and is usually one of the first to attract the drunken dregs of Essex. And the odd sane and sober individual hiding from cold, hard reality with a pair of headphones and an ability to avoid projectile vomit with a skill honed over years of experience. I’m standing. Which means there is no sodding space to sit and that I have a birdseye view of proceedings. So whilst an arse in the middle of the carriage is relating a tale about a box of margarine and a recent sexual experience at 200% volume, my attention was drawn by a lady sat by the door. I was able to look over her shoulder and see Prison Break (latest series) playing away on her iPhone 3G in her lap. She’s overweight – “plump” – she is literally wearing a pink Anorak, she has bleached blonde long hair and she’s weathered to at least, by my reckoning, 45+ years. This, ladies and gentlemen, is your new power handset user. Think you’re all smart with your N95s and N78s? Think again. I’ve just seen her use a TV listing application, the web (Facebook and some Googling), some music and the Prison Break TV episode. Oh, and the text message function. Unbelievable. Fascinating. Truly fascinating. This isn’t a digital obsessed teenager. This is someone who went to school *without* computers in the classrooms. Not even a BBC Micro jobby. And here she is, consuming data and using her iPhone 3G to an extent that, truly, I didn’t expect to see. Her battery is, by the way, totally screwed. I can see the little icon nearing empty. Brilliant! More!

It’s great to see practical real life experiences of folk using mobile technology beyond calling and texting.

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15 Responses to The 45 year old iPhone lady watching Prison Break on the train

  1. msjen December 2, 2008 at 6:21 pm #

    Shall we all agree to drop the heinous “normob” now that a variety of folks from various slices of life are using fun feature packed mobiles?

  2. Ewan @ MIR December 2, 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    I wonder if we could put this lady into a “pronob” category?

  3. Anthony Carroll December 3, 2008 at 12:29 am #

    The second most amazing thing is that she had something sounding like reliable reception on the train!

  4. Ewan @ MIR December 3, 2008 at 4:44 am #

    Heh. I've used my iPhone 3G data very successfully on that line. My
    issue is that 45 minutes of iPhone joy used up half the battery.

  5. Anthony December 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm #

    It wasn’t a dig aimed solely at the iPhone, I’m talking with bitter experience with a bunch of handsets on a bunch of networks that I’ve had reception issues with heading to and from London on SouthWestTrains.

  6. constantine December 3, 2008 at 7:03 pm #

    This is the kind of stuff that I wish my colleagues would read and learn from because I don't think they get it, I honestly don't.

    Waiting on that iPhone with a keyboard or at least a less shit camera.

  7. KevanM December 3, 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    I'd normally be on the 'it's all about the user' side of the fence and agree with your normob, promob types, but …..

    I think this is another iphonemob type. It's lets you do things that everything promises but doesn't really encourage your normob type.

    I've a three year old 'newmob' that uses mine for Peppa Pig! iTunes is still too much for her, but by the time she's four ………..

  8. constantine December 3, 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    This is the kind of stuff that I wish my colleagues would read and learn from because I don't think they get it, I honestly don't.

    Waiting on that iPhone with a keyboard or at least a less shit camera.

  9. Where's Mike? December 3, 2008 at 10:40 pm #

    I've always preferred people to wear pink anoraks metaphorically! And what happened with the margarine?

  10. KevanM December 4, 2008 at 12:14 am #

    I'd normally be on the 'it's all about the user' side of the fence and agree with your normob, promob types, but …..

    I think this is another iphonemob type. It's lets you do things that everything promises but doesn't really encourage your normob type.

    I've a three year old 'newmob' that uses mine for Peppa Pig! iTunes is still too much for her, but by the time she's four ………..

  11. Constantine December 4, 2008 at 1:03 am #

    This is the kind of stuff that I wish my colleagues would read and learn from because I don't think they get it, I honestly don't.

    Waiting on that iPhone with a keyboard or at least a less shit camera.

  12. Finlayjmacleod March 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    Well covered woman in a pink anorak you mean.

  13. Ewan March 4, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    indeed

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