Ever since my first cell phone, I've used the device for nothing more exotic than as a basic tool for making and answering calls. Isn't that why you have a phone...to talk? I swore I'd never text until a few friends began to send me messages. And because they were at work, I had to text them back in reply. Mind you, texting isn't hard, it just takes so much longer to do than simply calling and talking. But long story short, I now do a limited amount of texting, too. Which leads me to my next leap into technology.
At the end of May I was at a conference where on the first day we were herded into a room due to tornado warnings. Everyone pulled out their smart phones or iPads and checked the weather radar. That's the first time I thought having a smart phone might be, well...smart.
It just so happened that I had passed the two year contract time when I typically buy my next basic phone, so I decided to go in with an open mind, and plenty of questions. As you might have guessed, here's the result of my shopping expedition:
I am now the proud owner of last year's model of the iPhone. Okay, so I didn't get the latest model. But since the 3G is being phased out by the 4G, it only cost me $50! I call that a great deal.
The features seem pretty simple. It comes with basic applications to do the things that most phone users need to do along with a few extras. I've figured out most of them. In fact, my learning curve has been less on this phone than any other, since it politely gives me directions in nice BIG letters. Now I just need to figure out all the new capabilities.
For example, I can check my emails and search for information. The phone gives me driving directions. It plays music. I've added apps for weather radar views and a really cool astronomy feature that identifies overhead stars, planets, and constellations. One downside I've noticed is that internet use drains the battery ultra-quick. It's good to keep the charger handy.
All in all, I'm loving this new phone, and Apple is certainly not paying me to say it.
If you're a tech-know-not like me, don't fear a smart phone. It's great, though I'm spending way too much time playing with it. A smart phone could definitely become addictive.
Is there an app for that?