How I Ended Up Buying A Smartphone
Technology Has Caught Me
Those who know me will attest to the fact that I am never the first on the block to embrace the newest technology. Not that I don't enjoy a new toy to play with, but with money always being tight I try to be sensible about it. Would I really get any use out of it? Can I make due with what I currently have? If I answer these honestly, there is seldom a need for more thought.
Back in the eighties, when all my schoolmates were receiving phone messages on their pagers, I was still getting post-it notes from mom saying that "Billy called". The system seemed to work, so I never considered updating.
Then cell phones arrived and began to replace the pagers. Then it was possibe to place and receive calls as opposed to seeing who called and looking for a pay phone to return it. This certainly seemed to be a better system, but for a twenty year old dishwasher it was a bit over the top. I figured cell phones were for important people, such as businessmen and doctors. Even as more and more of my family and friends joined the mobile world, I remained faithful to my trusty landline.
Then, about five years ago I found myself in a stage of my life where I was moving around alot and it became difficult keeping in contact as much as I would have liked. A cell phone could provide the answer, I realized. So I marched proudly into my local RadioShack, fully intent upon joining the twenty first century.
"What sort of phone are you looking for?" the nice girl behind the counter asked. So I proceeded to tell her that I wanted a simple phone to make calls with, nothing fancy. If it had the ability to place and receive calls it was good enough for me.
"Would you like internet access?" she asked. "No", I told her. I couldn't imagine myself needing to surf the web while running errards.
"Well," the nice girl responded, "We could sell you this phone that does nothing at all, or we could GIVE you this nice smartphone that does everything!" This girl was good, how could a practical guy such as myself refuse such a deal?
So I walked out of the store with my new phone! Oh, but not just any phone, a smartphone! That phone had so many functions that it came with a two hundred page instruction manual. I was proudly ready to join mobile America.
Now five years have gone past and I am sitting here looking at my smartphone. It has become my lifeline, without it I am lost. When I have free time at work I hop on my phone and check the sports scores. I have even played music on it from time to time. Seems I have become one of those people you see around town who are so engulfed in their phone that they are oblivious to the world around them.
Thats ok, I can always google whatever I miss. Besides, I figure in another year or so I will fully understand the capabilies of my phone.
Update: One Year Later
I am now using a Samsung Intercept and added many new apps to my phone. It has become a never ending challenge to increase the functions of my phone. It has reached the point of obsession for me, I spend hours looking for new applications.
I have even downloaded applications that I have no idea why. I have one app that supposedly gives me a reading of my heartbeat. I am sure that it is great for runners and others who do intense cardio workouts, but I am not one of them. It is nice to check from time to time, just to make sure I am still alive.
Now I find myself looking at the new phones on the the market. I am already looking for an even better phone that does even more. So I have evolved from a man who wanted a simple phone to a man who needs the best phone available. Seems I am well on my way to becoming one of those zombies, constantly staring at my phone.
© 2011 Christopher J Wood