When I say smart phone, in my mind there is only one – the beautiful, sleek iPhone. But am I getting it because it’s gorgeous or does it have real benefits? Will it make my life better or worse? Here’s my thinking aloud, pro-con list:
1. Don’t feel left out anymore when everyone ignores me and surf on their iPhones instead.
2. No need to fish out and thumb through my dictionary anymore, which sometimes doesn’t contain slang words I want to check. Just use the iPhone or browse the web for examples.
3. It’s video and camera function is pretty amazing. On par with a camera. And you just lug around 1 device with no worries when you forget your camera.
4. The calculator and currency converter is cool.
5. With google maps it’ll be harder to get lost.
6. Great for travel as I can download guides instead of lugging around a heavy book.
7. Also great for travel as I can store e-tickets and hotel information.
8. Easier to take self potraits and not cut out faces.
9. I can update my blog on the go.
10.Music to calm me down on a plane.
11.When we don’t know where to go, what to eat or what movie to watch, I can check the iPhone.
12.I suspect the radiation level is lower on an iPhone, but maybe not. The Nokia burns my ears and my brain.
13.I can write my novel on the iPhone and never waste precious time spent staring into space.
14.Precious photographs can be stored on it and there’s a bigger viewing screen than my old tiny Nokia.
15.Free video calls back home when you’re overseas.
1. Become one of those people who annoy me – surf their phone during social gatherings.
2. Ruin my neck and eyes. Plus Carpal tunnel.
3. Addiction and end up using the iPhone more than other stuff like reading books.
4. Losing the smartphone would mean losing all your essential information and that can be dangerous.
5. The monthly phone bill is at least S$10 more, but I have to remember that this is not just a phone anymore.
One thing I have to make sure if I ever convert from my trusty, dusty 5 year old Nokia to an iPhone – don’t download any games. Any way the iPhone to me is more like a mini computer, but not as heavy as an iPad. It’s not just a phone anymore and I hardly use the phone function anyway as I loathe speaking on a phone unless it’s an emergency or quick chats.
I also just came across an awesome list in cartoon form. Why I Love & Hate Having a Smartphone at The Oatmeal.
Do you own an iPhone? What do you love or hate about it?