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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Rhythm Thief, Oct 9, 2013.
Smartphones run in fear of me .
I don't want to intimidate them .......
I was traveling recently and wandered into a bar to buy a 6 pack. It was a college town and the bar was filled with college age kids. Each table was filled with kids intent on the hand held device in their hands. Looked like no actual conversation was occurring between anyone there, unless they were texting each other. Kind of surreal. As a younger man in that environment, surrounded by young women, I'd venture to say my attention would not be focused on a gadget.
I remember starting a thread here a couple years ago about how I didn't have a cell phone (still don't - but am actually considering it) and some folks here seemed personally offended by that.
I say the zombie apocalypse is already here. Try walking down the street in the downtown core of any large city and you have to actively bob and weave to avoid all the people with their heads stuck in their phones, oblivious to what's going on around them. I do find that highly annoying.
That and the rates here are pretty much the highest in the developed world have kept me away.
I admit it would be handy at times.
Odd, isn't it? I don't want anyone else to give up their smartphones: as I've said already, I recognise that they can be useful and that for some people they're indispensible, and that's great. But they're not for me. Why that would lead people to make comments on other threads about my phone requirements, I'm at a loss to imagine.
I thought it was amusing more than anything. And get off my lawn, youngsters!
Just remember: phone in one hand, beer in the other - but not both in one hand!
Flip-phone here. I don't need or want anything more.
More important, a smartphone will not last in my line of work. I've seen coworkers try to use them and they all break, just too fragile for construction unless you put a protective case the size of a small brick around it. "Look I can drop it without damage!" Great, now where are you gonna put it? Big lump hanging off the belt and catching on everything. Also, can't use them without taking off work gloves. Most abandoned them and went back to the flip-phone which can be kept in the front pocket.
If you just want a phone to stick in your pocket then, yeah, a smart phone isn't a good choice. However, if you would rather the hunk of plastic that you're going to have in your pocket anyway have more than one function, then what's wrong with a smartphone?
These are things I use my smartphone for on a daily basis:
-listen to music, podcasts and radio stations from other markets
-mouse/trackpad for my laptop at work
-email (my boss insists I check my email at least every couple of hours regardless of where I am)
That doesn't even include internet access, which is often extremely helpful to have on the go. The point is the smartphone is extremely versatile and replaces bunches of other devices that I'd be using anyway. And it fits into my pocket.
And in my experience, people who don't own smartphones still have them. "Hey, can you look this up for me?" is something I hear from my non-smartphone friends all the time.
I like to have lots of devices that do one job very well, rather than one device that does lots of jobs and makes compromises. I realise this makes me a luddite and out of step with modern thinking, but there we are. So, I have my ipod classic, which is an excellent music player and nothing else, a Nikon SLR, which is an excellent camera and nothing else, and a Nokia phone, which is an excellent phone and nothing else. If I "need" a computer (and I never actually "need" one!) I can usually use one of the ones in the office at work or wait until I get home. Bottom line is, I didn't need a smartphone and ultimately it was simply harder to use for the things I need a phone for, as well as having a very short battery life and being bulky to carry around.
My favorite device cannot be bought and uses the random access gray matter program .
I've carried a smartphone since Blackberry first hit the scene years ago. After all of the Ooo-ing and Aww-ing is over it's just something else to keep up with, like car keys. It is great to have if you're killing time or waiting on someone. It's handy for work. It's great for directions twice a year when I need it. But past that it's nothing I can't live without. I left both my personal phone and work phone on their chargers one weekend last month and it was very liberating.
Had the same thing happen to me with a couple of friends. I was walking by them with my phone in my hand. They asked me what I was doing. I told them I was shutting off my phone. The look on their face was like I had slapped them. "Why would you do that?"
I answered that don't normally turn my phone on unless I'm using it. I had finished my call, and thus was turning it off.
"Okay if you want to," they replied,"but it makes it hard to get hold of you," they said in a voice you'd use to explain to a child why what they are doing is wrong.
I can't fathom when it became a custom of good manners in our society to have a gadget connected to us so that we could be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, Anyone ever heard of privacy, quiet time, or just some time alone with no one else pulling at you for attention? I don't need to be that connected to society. What are we, the Borg?
" Resistance is futile; join the collective!"
Someone mentioned earlier the possibility of medical issues associated with squinting at tiny screens. Saw a news program the other day where there is a syndrome now associated with all this cell phone use; it's causing neck and back issues to a large segment of people.
Gimme a break! If people would just shut them off every now and then their lives might be a lot less stressful. MHO.
I totally understand this but, honestly, for most of the stuff I listed the phone is not a compromise, and is often an improvement. Regardless, it's not really a choice between a "compromised" smartphone app and the real thing, it's a choice between the smartphone and nothing, since I don't usually have a level or a calculator or a flashlight easily at hand when I need it.
Oh yeah, I also keep a pick inside my phone's case. That's come in handy many times.
OOOOOH! A level app?
Do you have a good one to suggest for Android?
This is the flashlight app I use, works great:
Reminds me of that Jimmy Buffett song:
This Hotel Room
I ain't home
I ain't home
You better leave a message 'cause
I ain't home
Fair enough. I carry a small torch with me at work, and I have no need for a level or a calculator. But I take your point.
Young man every generation thinks that and us geezers still consider you callow youth. We were that once too, been there, done stuff. Romans had same problem with iuvenes, a word that gives us both juvenile and youth (young man), graffiti and public letters of complaint posted in the senate forum (roughly equivalent to newspaper whinge rags).
Otoh I've just had to have my iPhone fixed by a lad (<30yo in ye iPhone shoppe because these things are getting so complicated it now takes a specialist what does it all day to reset the connection settings after you (cof) upgrade to iOS7.
Me, I use the thing as a phone but now I get the weather and news too. I can message the wife and facebook my sister (who seems to have forgotten any other means of communication. Plus I can now set appointments and reminders which propagate themselves correctly across my devices, I can send appointments to it from my work desk. It will play music on my hi-fi for me, and it has a decibel meter so I know when it's too loud.
I have an iPhone, so I don't know if its available for Android, but the name of the app is Clinometer.
But I use my smartphone to check my Facebook!
We aren't defined by our tools and toys, we're defined by our actions. Folks who spend their time staring at a small handheld screen instead of interacting with the world around them are to be pitied for missing out on living in the moment.
Then there are folks like me who find having something like an iPhone very useful. I'm a commercial charter bus driver, and my iPhone serves as a phone (very useful!), a GPS navigation device, an Internot access (being able to Google for information on the road about destinations, etc, is extremely useful), and yes, I use it to entertain myself when I'm sitting around waiting to drive my passengers (there's a lot of sitting around when you're a bus driver). I will confess that I went through a phase when I was one of those folks who was always looking at the thing, but I noticed how annoying that behavior was and have curbed that. If I'm somewhere with you, I'm looking at and talking to you, not my phone.
Yeah, I know. I was just poking fun, dad.