There, I've done it! At last when everyone has passed me by miles, I get the 4G iPhone that is the talk of town, or talk of the globe.
After a good few years, I eventually and determinedly make the move and switch to the high-tech, high and mighty iPhone from you know who or which.
I hope I can make the most of it for the 4G is not like any ordinary cell phone but more like a huge computer carried day-in-day out, in my pocket. Imagine encyclopedic knowledge reduced to a single chip.
For someone like me who only likes to use his cell phone to make the minimum of calls—actually mostly to tell the family where I am—I can't help but feel the 4G is beyond my league.
The other day my 17-year-old son came out, and told his mother: "Why did you get him the iPhone when he [meaning me], can't even press the numbers and make a call."
You could say it’s bloody check coming from him, especially since he comes to me for pocket money, money to go out, money to buy clothes, and money for trivial pursuits like mobiles.
But he does have a point. When I first got the iPhone, I didn't know how to switch it on, nor press the numbers. It’s a touch screen of course but I am still having trouble in the touching part.
Apparently there is a way of putting your fingers on the screen so it would register. I think it is the way you put your finger tips, there is a definite technique which I still need to master, because on many occasions I end up japing the screen. It either works or it does not, I call it the luck of the draw.
However, I believe once I get the hung of it, this precious piece of equipment will become priceless from a knowledge-based point of view. There is simply anything and everything you want to know.
With a dangle—24-hour connectivity—you and the world are in a whirlwind pool of intimacy.
However, these are steps two, three and possibly four. For the time being, I'll concentrate on learning the minimal functions of this cell phone tab, switching on, switching off, getting the right numbers, and touch dialing, and then start all the other bits.I think I'll go back to the manual, something which many of us prefer to forget about.
Sorry to sound so technologically embroyonic!