It finally happened- I caved and bought an iPhone.
As a child I considered myself to be pretty “with it”. I typed up my essays for school when it was still acceptable to handwrite them, played all the latest computer games, heck, I even had an email-pal (is that what you call the e-version of a pen pal?) at age 8. Most of my friends did not even have computers at home.
At some point my brain started to reject all this new technology. It first began to irk me when my 10-yr old campers preferred to sit in the bunkhouse playing Game Boy, rather than go to their activities. Yes, I was addicted to Game Boy myself at some point (it started with hand-me-downs from my older brothers- the original b&w Game Boy, then Game Gear, and finally my own Game Boy color!). But never to the point where it started to interfere with real life! (That’s what computer games were for – Roller Coaster Tycoon, Sims… they crashed our computer about 5 times an hour.)
Anyhow, fast forward a few years to the new “smartphones”. No longer was a phone just a device that let you make phone calls. Now it had to actually do “stuff” or it wasn’t cool. I loved my RAZR. I really did. It made phone calls. The buttons were actually large enough to see without squinting. It was slim and easy to hold- I could text with one hand while crossing the street (not recommended!). But alas, after a few years it finally died. Time for a new phone. At first it was exciting- I eagerly began searching the Verizon store for a phone that could replace my beloved RAZR, yet do more “stuff”. Quickly my excitement turned into dismay. Why, compared to my RAZR, the new phones were positively corpulent. Yet for some reason, their buttons were tiny. Touch screen or keyboard? Or both? (Neither option conducive to fat fingers.) Do I want a phone that plays music, gives directions, receives email, cooks my dinner… ok, so the new phones can’t cook. Not yet… And on top of it all, the majority of the phones came with at least a $10 monthly fee for data. The phones that didn’t include excess fees looked like dinosaurs (they couldn’t have been more than 2 years old).
I was resistant to the idea of having email on my phone. After all, if I’m not sitting by a computer I don’t want to be reached! It’s enough that we can’t go anywhere without a cell phone these days. But to have work emails chasing me around on my time off? *shudders* But. My options were limited. SO I went with the Samsung Reality, which seemed like the best choice at the time. I soon came to despise it.
First off, I was paying $10/month for a data plan that was useless. It took forever to check email, and the internet was slow as 1995. The touch screen was waaay too sensitive, so I resorted to using the keyboard. Which had to be pulled out and held with two hands. And no, you never get used to it. I didn’t really consider trying a new phone, after all the stress of looking for something that apparently didn’t exist anymore. A phone that made calls, sent texts, and THAT’S ALL. (At the time the iPhone wasn’t an option b/c I’m on a shared Verizon Family plan.)
There was never a conscious decision to replace my old phone. One day I just thought, “hey, maybe I should get an iPhone”. Actually I think what triggered that thought was my brother mentioning that Verizon will raise the monthly charges for smartphones soon, so maybe I should get an Android phone before then. (He loves his Droid. He is also a PC user.) There was some trepidation before the phone arrived- I’d been burned by phones before. Even my beloved RAZR had required an adjustment period.
Fast forward 3 weeks… I’m using my iPhone and LOVING it (maybe too much). Zero frustration (ok, the battery life sucks), so easy to use, and it does EVERYTHING.
Easy to use email? check.
awesome dual-facing camera? check.
stupid games that waste your time? check.
I never wanted to be one of “those” people. You know who I’m talking about. The ones who check their Blackberry every five seconds for new emails. Or the business men who surreptitiously play silly games on the subway. I’m happy to say that after the first week of adoration (bordering on dangerous addiction), my iPhone & I have settled down into a healthy relationship. Which means no more downloading an app just because it’s free. NO MORE GAMES. Stop taking photos of everything just cuz its so easy.
While I don’t think this will cure me of my aversion to new technology (too much too soon!!! Bring back the old days where simple would suffice), I can get used to some of the new perks. For instance— the Nook app. Never been a fan of e-books, especially since I’m an avid book collector. (Book: A set of written, printed, or blank pages fastened along one side and encased between protective covers.) I like the idea of holding something tangible in your hands, that smells and feels like a book. But the Nook app has come in handy lately when I’ve been stuck on the subway with nothing to do but pretend to not stare at people. I only wish that someone would create a 2 for 1 deal- buy a hard copy of a book, get the e-version free. That way I could read my books at home, and continue them on the go.
Checking email on my phone also saves a lot of time. I have about 7 email accounts that I use regularly- some are old AOL accounts that I’m reluctant to give up. It used to take forever to login to each one and delete all the junk mail. Thank you iPhone!
Here’s some pix from my phone- as you can see, I’m still getting the hang of autocorrect!
Congrats if you reached the end of this long post! I had no intention of rambling on for so long…