The perfect phone for a birder?

To: "Peter Marsh" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: The perfect phone for a birder?
From: "Chris Dahlberg" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Dec 2009 11:24:31 +1000
Hi Peter

Sorry for the late reply. Up here we are experimenting with websites that are 
optimised for mobile phones. The iPhone works best with them.

These are based on which is a directory that is easy to dial up 
on an iphone. The first 3 letters on a qwerty keyboard followed by .com 
(iPhones have a .com button) and .au
I have a digital business card and plan to do some Cairns 
birdwatching information pages in the off-season.
One aspect with the iPhone is that you can add a button to the home screen for 
the page you are on and all you have to do is touch the button when you need 
that page again.

It is only a matter of time before you will be able to access a national field 
guide on an iPhone either as an application (there is one for South Africa 
already) or from the web. The field guide could include, text, illustrations, 
photos, video, bird calls, sightings, maps, bulletins, trip reports and be kept 
up to date by the author/editor/webmaster. The cost to the user might even be 
free if web based or, a small cost if an application. In a digital format it 
could be adapted to a "Kindle", "BeBook" or some such.

With the last newspaper due off the presses some time in 2015, or earlier, it 
is an exciting time for this digital concept and it will be a lot kinder to the 

Chris Dahlberg

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