When mobile payments work, they can work really well, to everyone's benefit. At Coffee Bar in San Francisco, those who use Square to pay for their coffee can jump in an express line to grab and "pay" for their orders, shortening the main line and giving them an incentive to go without their wallet.
The mobile payment system Isis, which is basically trying to usurp Google Wallet, is launching next week. It will not make the mobile space easier to navigate for anyone. In fact, reading Bonnington's tally of her month's experiences, it seems like battery drain and app fatigue are a fact of life in the not-quite-the-future we live in. But it's still really neat to be able to tap some glass and have pizza arrive.