Inspired in part by my search for a new cell phone, and in part from last week's "waiter tablet" discussion, I'd like to open up a discussion on the merits and drawbacks of smart phones.
For our generation, phones are the new car. They're a status symbol, a mass produced object we use to advertise our personality. Have a Blackberry? You're an efficient, business-oriented type. Have an iPhone? You're young, want to be seen as creative, and probably like indie rock. Have a land line? You're probably ancient. Nowadays, choosing a phone is as much a fashion decision as a utility decision.
Personally, I've been trying to assess the value of upgrading to a smartphone. On one hand, I have this line of thinking: why, honestly, should I have internet access in my pocket all day long? Do I really need to spend more time checking my email or playing flash games? Is that what my life is "missing" by just having a call/text phone? But then I wonder: just because I have the capability of wasting time, does that mean I have to use it irresponsibly? Why keep myself in the last decade? There ARE advantages to having the technology available, like GPS when you're lost, or using apps for productivity and organization.
And so, I bring the debate to you: If you have a smartphone, how do you interact with it? Is it a tool or a toy? What are your favorite apps?
And if you're in my camp, what are your reasons for resisting the trend? Is it the cost, are you stuck in a contract? Or is it a more intentional rejection?