My son keeps trying to convince me that I need to upgrade my little slide phone to something more sophisticated like a SmartPhone. I usually hear this suggestion when I call him for help with directions in finding a store or if I’m in an unfamiliar part of the big city.
He needs a SmartPhone because his job requires him to be able to check his email and to be able to log into their server around the clock. But son, Mom doesn’t need that capability.
I’m doing just great with my little ol’ Samsung slide phone. It’s still in great shape, and I’ve had it over two years now. My previous phones were all doing poorly after two years, so I was glad to be able to get them upgraded, but this one I think I’ll stick with it for awhile.
I was reluctant to get a cell phone in the first place, but when we moved 50 miles away from my job I felt like it was necessary, especially since I would be driving through areas that were fairly desolate. If I had car trouble, I’d want to be able to make that call to Triple A and get some help on the way. Especially during the hot summers.
The times that I have been unable to get hold of my son, I’ve broken down and called information to get the phone number for the store, and if I don’t know the address, just one of the stores. Then the store I call usually can tell me where the other stores are located. That works well. I also carry a Yellow Pages in my car, and have used that a number of times. I also used to carry a map of the city, but I haven’t had that in my car lately. I know what you’re thinking, if I had a SmartPhone, it might even have GPS capabilities.
Agh. GPS. Don’t get me started. I don’t like those things. Not only are they difficult to understand, but what happened to finding where you’re going on a map? I am okay using Google Maps or Mapquest, but I don’t drive in unfamiliar areas enough to use a GPS.
And to tell you the truth, when we went to Washington DC last year, our GPS got us lost repeatedly for the directions were very confusing!
But back to the SmartPhone… I really don’t think I would get my money’s worth from one. I am already addicted to the Internet way too much, I don’t think I need to have a 24/7 connection.
What do you think about SmartPhones? Does your job require you to have one? Or do you like being “connected” all the time?