Photo courtesy of Vincent Go

I got an iPhone 4S for my birthday. I still have to compare its performance to my old iPhone 4. The girl at the counter said the new iPhone is faster and is ideal for taking pictures, video, and for processing, even editing, materials.

My old iPhone 4 served me well during my stint abroad. I used it for video interviews during protest rallies, I used it as a back-up camera to take pictures and video of the flooding in Thailand, I used it to record podcasts that were later sent to the newsroom for uploading to our news site.

I was satisfied with its performance, except for the frequent run to the nearest electric outlet to recharge the battery. I even used it to open beer bottles after a long day’s work.

I found the iPhone an ideal tool for journalists, especially with the emergence of what has been dubbed as convergence journalism. Of course there are other mobile gadgets that can also do the job. But I found the iPhone handy.

What better tool to call the office to deliver advisories, record audio interviews or voice overs for video, take pictures and video, write breaking stories that are immediately sent to the newsroom, and yes open beer bottles!

With the growing speed of the Internet on mobile gadgets and the number of telecommunication companies offering data services, the iPhone has become an appropriate gadget to do not only mobile journalism or mojo, but also deliver content to the newsroom, and later to a bigger number of audience.