I resisted having a smartphone for a long time: having seen groups of people sitting in the pub in silence, pints untouched in front of them, all tapping away on their smartphones in silence, I really didn't want to turn into someone like that. In the end, my old Nokia phone-with-buttons-on turned up its toes, so I decided to get myself a secondhand smartphone, so at least I could try it out for myself. It lasted ten days before I gave up and went back to my knackered Nokia. While I have no doubt it's a very clever device, it was very difficult to use as a phone (and that's all I need a phone to be; I don't even text much these days). Not at all instinctive, and requiring far more button presses to make a call than my old phone. It also needed me to look at it while making a call, which for me is no good at all since I use it while driving (with a bluetooth headset, I should add). It ate batteries, too, with a full charge lasting all of about eleven hours, although I concede that this may be because it was secondhand. Finally - and this was what I really didn't like about it - it wasn't enough just to stick my SIM card in, I had to create a gmail address and key in all manner of personal details before I could make a call. The last straw was the fact that I couldn't go anywhere without the thing knowing where I was ... Bloody sinister object. I'm pleased to be rid of it. Anyone else gone down the same road?