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Ten reasons the iPhone is not the new Polaroid

March 3, 2009

In no particular order, why the iPhone is not the new Polaroid …

1 – The Polaroid camera, and specifically the SX-70 were the high point in US camera production. The SX-70 was the most complex mechanical camera to be made in the US – ever.
The iPhone isn’t made in America, and to be honest it isn’t the greatest bit of tech ever.

A family portrait

2 – The SX-70 was technological marvel, that brought instant, high quality photography to the masses at a budget price.
The iPhone isn’t really a budget item, and the contract costs are just a little bit more (sic) than a few packs of film a month.

3 – Polaroid cameras are a joy to handle and use, their design makes you want to use them, their foibles make you love them more.
Well the iPhone’s just that – a phone.

4 – Polaroid cameras were in production from 1948 to 2001, that’s some 53 years. The iPhone has a way to go before it catches up on that!

5 – Polaroids are fun. Pull out a Polaroid camera and people will pose, smile and just feel good, especially when they watch the print appear as if by magic.
The iPhone’s just another gadget, and everyone’s got enough of those.

6 – OutKast featured Polaroid in the song Hey Ya. I’ve never heard anyone singing “shake it like an iPhone”.



7 – Polaroids are art, just look at the work of Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe or Ansel Adams.

8 – Polaroids are analogue; iPhones are digital!

9 – The Polaroids are many and varied, from the Automatc 100, the SX-70, the SLR 680 and Spectras, to the 600se or the wonderful 20×24 behemoth used by Neil Slavin.
There’s one iPhone, yes you can get it in different colours or a different harddrive, but basically there’s only one iPhone.

10 – A Polaroid camera is built to last. My oldest one, an Automatic 100 is 45 years-old and it works perfectly, don’t think the same will be said of a 45 year-old iPhone.

Now you might think this is anti-iPhone, well it is in part, but only when people say it’s the new Polaroid. It’s not and it never will be!

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