So, about a month and ago I just gave up on my miserable ‘just makes phonecalls’ phone (as contrary to its designation it did not, indeed, make phone calls) and I jumped on the iPhone bandwagon.
It makes Phone Calls and Sends Text Messages. Inside and outside. In my room and in my kitchen. Here, there, and everywhere.
I can check my email anywhere I want, and write the emails back!
I really, really like the camera and I spend all this time taking pictures and sending picture messages and capturing intriguing things that I see.
I can track buses and check bus times, and download ultra cool apps that tell me all about buses that I intend on riding.
(I can also check facebook all the time, but this is bad, bad, bad and I shouldn’t do it at all–however, it is kind of good for my facebook addiction on the computer, just because I’ve already checked it on the phone. I feel less compelled. Maybe a good thing after all?)
My ipod and my phone are the same thing. SWHAT?!
The other applications are pretty awesome. I have all kinds of awesome stuff… Jimmy Johns at the touch of a button, and Amazon shopping anywhere I want. (The Amazon app will scan something for you, in a store, and tell you how much it costs on that website. HAH. Never overpaying for anything I can wait two days for AGAIN.
I even have this lovely wordpress app that makes it possible for me to write blog posts on the go. Hopefully that will inspire me to spill my guts more often. I know I don’t have a lot of readership, but it’s important to me to be writing more often. It helps me process and keeps me healthier in the long run, whilst helping me also make sense of the stuff I learn at a better rate.
These reasons are probably all related to smart phones, and have very little to do with my choice of product/brand. I chose an iPhone for a lot of reasons, mostly convenience, durability, and trust. (My Macbook serves me well.) However, I got a lot of slack for it via Facebook (“ugh android is such a superior product” and “man you’re a sellout for building something just for the label”) from people who I expected to make comments (my father) to people who I barely know.
I found this pretty weird and pretty annoying, but it got me thinking.
Why do people (especially men to women, I might add; No females made comments like this to me) feel the need to rudely judge each other on technological purchases? As if they themselves have to use it? Gentlemen I barely know had an opinion on my new choice of phone, and we’re very happy to admonish me for my excitement, telling me about how stupid I was and what a bad product it was. What?? That’s not okay when you buy a car, or a shirt, or food. (I mean you might laugh at someone behind their back for such a purchase, but never so directly.)
So why is it okay with technology? (and why is everyone suddenly an expert, too?)
Anyway. I wasn’t planning to turn this into a tangent about people who are rude to me. I find it somewhat interesting, though, that my opinions on all kinds of things can be noted and respected, but apparently when it comes to techie purchases, I must be set straight. Because its not like I’m the only one using it? I never thought that my purchase of a smartphone, for myself, to be used by me and no one else, would cause such consternation and frustration for others!