Despite the fact that I am married to Mr. Techy-Gadgety-Man, I am woefully uninformed when it comes to the latest trends in technology. I would rather follow my favorite art blogs and keep up to date on the Jon and Kate plus 8 saga than read about the newest thing in computers or software or cell phones. But when the release of the iPhone 3GS coincided with my contract renewal period with AT&T, I started to get a little tech-giddy. I have been jealously eyeing Shane’s sleek iPhone for the last year, as I’ve lugged around my clunky, user-unfriendly Nokia. And so, here was my chance to have the latest and greatest in cell phone technology – and I seized it. We pre-ordered the phone and I had it delivered to my happy little hands the day it was released. Woo-hoo! So now that I’ve enjoyed two weeks of iPhone-dom, here’s my list of top 5 reasons why I love this phone:
1. I’m so connected. I love being able to check email with a little flick of the finger, to upload a photo to Facebook from the top of mountain in Oregon, or to hop on the www.onebusaway.org to check how late my bus may be running.
2. I don’t get lost anymore. I used to often call Shane when I was out on my errand runs, wanting to know if there was a Crate and Barrell nearby, or needing directions to the nearest Chipotle. Now, with Google Maps and GPS, I am able to look up directions myself to anywhere from anywhere, and Shane is relieved that he no longer has to be my on-call yellow pages.
3. I can travel lighter now. All of my music can be stored on my phone, so I no longer need to carry my iPod around as well. And anything that lightens the load in my Mary Poppins purse is a good thing.
4. I can use it without having to read a manual. As I mentioned earlier, I am far from tech-savvy, but even a tech-klutz like myself can navigate this phone with ease. So smartly designed.
5. It’s pretty. Apple has done it again.
Now, to be fair, the iPhone certainly has its disadvantages, too. Ironically, the primary downfall of owning an iPhone is also the primary bonus of owning an iPhone: I’m so connected. It used to be the case that as soon as I hopped on the bus in the morning, I would pull out my book to get a few pages of reading done on my way to work. Now, books have taken a backseat as I hop on the bus and pull out my iPhone to check my email and the latest on Facebook. Connectedness is addictive. And so I’ll have to learn restraint. But all in all, this is a very cool little piece of technology. Worth every penny.