I have to admit that I did not understand the hype and anticipation for the iPhone when it was first released. I am not one of the Apple faithful, and I had barely even heard of the device before its launch.
The first time I asked a friend what the big deal was, he showed me the iPhone app he downloaded that displays a video clip of a lighter–in case you’re begging for an encore at a concert and don’t happen to be a smoker. I thought “Seriously?? You stood in line for hours and spent hundreds of dollars so you could recreate the experience of lighting a $1 Bic lighter??”
Now the iPhone app store has more than 120,000 apps and, by comparison, the lighter app is actually one of the practical ones. The real point, though, is that sometimes its the bells and whistles that make all the difference.
The same is true for computer operating systems. You expect the operating system to perform the basic operating system functions. It should run software, connect with printers, access the Internet, etc. But, it is often the simple diamond in the rough of a bell or whistle you did not anticipate that really define your user experience.
Take a look at these secret hidden gems of Windows 7 to see what you may be missing.