Having worked in the computer industry for a number of years, I never considered myself to be technologically challenged. Okay, so I wasn’t ever into playing computer games or other nerdy pursuits, but I’ve always liked “toys” (electronic gadgets). As I wasn’t able to work in recent years though, I was quite happy with not having the latest gadgets. So my iPod is not the latest model, and my cellphone (mobile phone) wasn’t the latest technology. But they worked well, and did what I needed them to do.
As far as my cellphone was concerned I had a good basic phone, and as long as it did the job, I was happy. I didn’t really see the point of having a fancy phone camera, or being able to check my email, or being able to find out where I was on a map and ask for directions. I was usually at my desk where I could do most of that stuff on my PC. And digital cameras are for taking photos with.
Well, no more! When my old phone died recently, I got a “smartphone” (thanks to my “sponsor”!). Because of my current financial status (i.e. unemployed) it isn’t the very latest or fanciest model either. And it doesn’t have a touch screen (just a QWERTY keyboard). But boy, is it SMART!
After getting a really cute kitten followed a couple of years later by a really cute puppy, I’m finding having a good phone camera is just the thing to capture all those cute doggie/kitty moments. Especially as they are now good buddies, and are doing cute things together. And as I’m not at my desk all the time, being able to check my email from wherever I am is very useful. When I wake up during the night and can’t go back to sleep, I spend hours catching up on the news, or reading the blogs I follow. I also spend a lot of time telling my phone where I want to go and letting it work out the best way to get there. Just for fun . . . I’m not travelling much at this stage!
Then there’s the aspect of it helping me to get more organized. The whole calendar/appointment/task function is more advanced, and my phone keeps letting me know what I’m supposed to be doing when. A godsend to people like me who have short-term memory issues. I’m no longer fretting about what it is I’m supposed to remember to do.
And besides all those wonderful features, it’s very good at making calls and doing messaging too! The only thing it won’t be able to do is get cell reception in the Kalahari. Of course that’s not the phone’s fault, but maybe in the future some time they’ll make an absolutely BRILLIANT (and cheap!) phone which can switch over to satellite reception in remote areas.