I engaged 15 year old SMS Text News reader, Issah, to talk to young people around his area in London about the Apple iPhone.
Whilst it’s not representative of the UK as a whole, it’s a fascinating look into the minds of some of the next generation of mobile phone users. Issah asked each young person for a one-liner on the iPhone, jotted it down with their name and age — and here we are:
— It’s a great phone overall, but I think the video capabilities do not live up to the rest of the phone.
Mohammed Abdillahi, 14
— It’s rubbish it doesn’t live up to the hype. Definitely not worth my money, a dent in Apple’s reputation.
Wahidur Rahman, 15
— The phone looks nice and stylish, the features are revolutionary. A phone I would like to be seen with.
Dillan Campbell, 15
— I think it sounds like a great phone but it’s just too pricey for young people. Lower the price about a £100 and I’d buy it.
Nhung Vu, 13
— I would love to have it it sounds very convenient as it has loads of features squashed into one thing. And a big 8 GB memory to keep all my music.
Naomi Hedman, 14
— I don’t know what all the hype is about, I don’t know anything about it.
Josephine Wellham, 11
— I think the iPhone is to sensitive, making phone calls are a nightmare. Also, when the stylus is lost the phone is useless.
Aisha Moosa, 15
— I think the internet on it is amazing the first phone with proper net browsing!
Lloyd Anarfi, 10
— I think the phone is a breakthrough in technology but the fact it locks you into an O2 contract lets down the phone’s potential.
Claire Opel, 16
— I think it looks good and has been marketed well but I don’t like the price tag. The O2 contract is also very unattractive.
Sean O’Shea, 17
— I’ve heard of it, it sounds good but I don’t really know much about it.
Joana Yelibora, 19
— I think that the touch screen feature is cool but it’s just too expensive for me.
Joe Brant, 15
— I think it’s rubbish and too expensive. It’s just a phone.
Deborah Ndombe Mpengo, 16
— It’s like a flashier and more expensive version of the N95. It’s just a show off phone not a good long-term phone.
Joseph Maina, 15
— It’s a great phone and I think it will be for years to come. Number one on my Christmas list.
Osman Abdul-Moomin, 11
— It looks great I would like to have it. Futuristic.
Jamal Farah, 14
— It’s definitely one of the best phones out, but the camera ruins it.
Amin Chowdhury, 15
— It is not as good as everyone hyped it up to be. There are better, cheaper phones.
Fifelomo Oshun, 15
— Great if you have the money to get it but if not you might as well just buy a cheaper phone and an mp3 player.
Luca Mariano, 14
— I’ve heard the hype about it but I don’t see any real reason to buy this phone over a phone such as Nokia N95.
Jasmine Duong, 18
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Issah, excellent work, thanks!