Monday, May 14, 2012

Ring Ring... Hello?

Alexander Graham Bell probably never imagined where the telephone would be in the 21st Century. We don't even use them to call people anymore! Be honest. When your phone bill comes, which is used more. Data Text, or Minutes? I think we all know the answer to that and it's not minutes. We're so busy sending emails and text messages, no one hears anyone else's voice anymore. If we did, we would need a lot less text. 

Why was Text Messaging even made? SMS actually stands for Short Message Service (the irony). 
Wikipedia says (Yes Wikipedia) "Text messaging is most often used between private mobile phone users, as a substitute for voice calls in situations where voice communication is impossible or undesirable". Uhh.... Right about undesirable.

Anyway, our phones are no longer phones. They are personal assistants, nannies, co-pilots, ... friends. It's kind of weird we use these bad boys for everything besides ACTUALLY talking to each other. My text messages are printed (not by choice) with my bill. And every month, my store manager says "I know when you're texting a lot depending on the size of the envelope". Yup, that's me. The writer should be allowed to express herself through text with no judgement. But lately I have been trying to get out of the habit of texting as much. Not because of the size of my phone bill package, but to have a connection with friends. Especially my best friends. I love hearing their voices and making a point to focus on JUST them. Because face it, if you're texting a friend, you're also doing a billion things at the same time. Am I right?

I've also been very intrigued by this competition between smartphones. What's up with that? One minute everyone adores Blackberry and the next they're crucifying it. The popular kid on the block is now iPhone. How long will it be iPhone? I'm not sure. I have a feeling that just like every other phone fad, this too will have to step down from it's throne. But more importantly, should you have to pay hundreds of dollars every time your phone isn't cool anymore? I hope not. 

Blackberry, Droid and iPhone are the big kids who duke it out every year for best smartphone. I'm personally a hardcore Blackberry fan. My loyalties will lie with them until my provider forces me to pick another phone probably. There are many marketing campaigns addressing your phone not being a toy; which I think is clever. Most people I know who have a iPhone for example, use it to play games or watch movies. WTF? But *fingers up* No Judgement. 

Droid seems to want to stay out of the ugly competition but is very much so a part of it. Many Droid users seem a lot more modest about their device. It's not about theirs being the best. Most say, "I am very happy". And that's it??!! No finger pointing but a certain group of users for another smartphone could use some lessons in this. I've heard someone say, "I kind of judge people if they pull out a Blackberry or Droid". Ew. Not okay. 

Why is this so important? Not only is there now a discrimination of PHONES, but now they seem to be saying something about the people who use them. Here's my interpretation. 

Blackberry user: I'm classy, sophisticated and loyal. I could have changed phones but my experience has not been bad. I've learned how to maintain my phone. And have had this brand for years now. Most likely I'm a celebrity or President of the United States. Or using it for my business, which is who gave it to me in the first place. 

Droid user: I'm all about not having to maintain my phone. When I use my phone, it should work. If I need help getting somewhere, my phone gets me there. I don't need Siri, my device helps me just enough without getting creepy. Convenience and stability are more important for me. 

iPhone users: I've had a Blackberry, I've had a Droid and there is nothing better than my newest phone. I will never get another phone ever again. Period. 

*Note to iPhone users: I was recently enlightened about the "Apple experience". If you have any of their products and don't take advantage of their services; you wasted your money.  It's not just a brand but experience. 

In the end, I think as long as it does what you need it to do... what does it matter? If a certain brand gives you a lot of difficulties, then maybe switching is better. But if the basic functions of calling, texting or even googling can be done; then you have a superb phone. Don't you think?

What smartphone do you have? 

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