I need help. I need to convince my wife why I need to spend $600 on a cell phone. The real reason, of course, is that I’m an incorrigible Mac fanatic. When asked why I felt I needed an iPhone I suggested that I needed to support Steve Jobs. Like giving money to your favorite charity, its something you just do. This argument didn't work.
So why could the iPhone be the quintessential parenting tool?
Baby pictures. Instead of toting that fingerprint smeared vinyl flip deal you can store thousands of pictures in for display on an outrageous 320 x 480 touch screen. This is a real media device designed for exactly this sort of thing.
Movies in your pocket. While patients don’t wait to see me in my office, it happens. Your iPhone can serve as an impromptu in-lap movie theater showing Cars, The Wiggles, or what have you.
No more juggling the iPod and the phone. Vest pocket and baby bag real estate can be tight.
A 2 megapixel camera. The best photo ops seem to happen when you don’t have your camera.
And did I mention that you could be the coolest parent on the block? I know that this could potentially feed in to my 8-year-old’s tween urge for his own phone but I’ll take my chances.
Looking into this post I stumbled on a really kool parenting-tech site on CNET: Parent Thesis. Check it out.