With all the hoopla over Samsung’s new Galaxy SIV smartphone, I was rather intrigued watching the reveal of all the new features. Then it happened, a reporter asked a young man on the street, “What do you use your phone for?”, and the guy answered, amusedly, “I just use it to make phone calls.” The reporter looked ironically back at the camera and end of scene.
That made me stop and think. What do I use my phone for?
I too use my phone as a phone, as ironic as that may sound. I even pay $15.00 per month for adequate talk and text with no data for our two iPhones combined. There’s plenty of free WiFi around, we have a wireless router at home, and GPS is built into the dashboard of our car. 4G LTE? Bite me.
With talking and texting I also like having my contacts and calendar handy at all times. Those are musts. A good camera is nice although I almost never use it, a super sharp screen is something I’m very spoiled on, a simple game or two to kill unexpected waiting time is necessary, and I need a simple writing app to tap out ideas and a couple times while waiting in line at the grocery store I’ve written an entire blog article in the text editor on my phone.
That’s it for what I really use my phone for and that’s all I want because I have better devices for other things. With an iPad and desktop computer, what do I need with a super-phone? Oh, one other thing: I want all my devices to talk to each other seamlessly. If I add a calendar entry on one device, all our combined devices immediately pop up with a notification that a change was made and accepted. Apple is good that way, I expect there are other ways to do that too, right?
Wait, yet one more thing. While I always use two hands to use a smartphone regardless of size, it has to fit comfortably in my shirt pocket in such a way that I’m not afraid to lean forward ever so slightly — this cowboy doesn’t wear a holster. That rules out the iPhone 5 and it rules out all the “phablets”.
I did see a number of things in the Samsung reveal that made me say, “Wow, that is so cool! I don’t want it!” It doesn’t help that most Android phones are notorious for not being upgradeable to future systems and it is a critical fail that Samsung is about to dump Android altogether and come out with their own phone operating system. I could never buy an expensive toy that very well might be quickly swept under the rug.
Phones have gotten too big for my britches and shirt pockets. I don’t like it. If your phone is your only computer then one of these monster phones gives you a computer that sucks because the screen is too small for many uses; but otherwise, why would you want such a thing?