Since becoming a smartphone user a bit over a year ago, I have become fully convinced that I can do most of the computing that I need to do on a mobile device. However, my friends and family have accused me of trying to sell people on getting rid of their low-end phones and enjoying the freedom and usability of a smartphone.
Sure, most of the time I do get tired of people asking me questions because they don’t know that they have a phone that can go online and search Google or Yahoo for the answer. But I have realized that having some information at my fingertips has been key to helping me be a lot less stressed when it comes to using technology as it relates to my life. To those people who see that accessibility and want it for themselves, a smartphone is really a smart buy.
I don’t want you to buy a smartphone though. Really, I’d rather you get any mobile device that works best for your sense of need and price. Sometimes that is a smartphone, sometimes that is a PDA and a separate phone. Sometimes that is just pen, paper, and the laptop. In any case, you use what you know is best for a given situation, and from there let those smartphone addicts do their own thing.
Why Should I Try to Make Your Life Easier?
So don’t let me be the one to convince you that having access to your banking information or the most updated maps and directions is something you need when out and about.
I don’t want you to think that you’ll miss a vital email, or that you’ll enjoy sitting down after work and reading your email or browsing the Net instead of spending that time with your friends and loved ones.
Considering the costs, it can be pretty expensive to have and use mobile device. Its just better to have DSL or cable Internet, a land-line, digital cable, and TiVo. Let alone the magazine and newspaper subscriptions that make getting physical mail much more enjoyable than email could ever be. Having all of that in a smartphone is an exercise in too much going into one device.
There really is not a reason for the marketing push for everyone to get and use a smartphone. I mean really, who needs to be convinced that there could be a more efficient way to handle the increasing amounts of information in their lives?
So when I go back around my family in the coming weeks, and I am asked about new phone I have, I’ll gladly show it to them. Show them the emails that they sent weeks before hand, some new pictures, and cool programs that I’ve been using.
But I will not let any of that sway them into using a smartphone. I don’t think that it’s smart of me to convince them to use something that they are not comfortable with. Rather, I’ll them use what they know best, and let my life be the techie example to what they could do otherwise.