I’m a tried and true Apple customer, but the iPhone 5 $584.99 at Amazon is the first Apple product I’ve owned that does not excite me to use. Even with the longer, prettier screen every day feels completely perfunctory. This just cannot stand!
When my iPhone 4 became a casualty of an unfortunate mishap during Hurricane Sandy last October, the idea of purchasing a new phone specifically a fresh iPhone 5 should have excited me. But it didn’t. It was the most difficult $200 bucks I ever had to put down for a device I wanted but did not necessarily want.
While my iPhone 5 and I’ve gotten along relatively well, our relationship has become strained. My iPhone is at 5′s peak value, as it S rumors circulate. I am thinking about selling even though I am still at the front end of a two-year contract with my provider. If I do sell, my replacement likely won’t be a “phone” in the typical sense.
To put it more simply, I barely ever speak on the telephone. On the other hand, I consistently exceed my 5GB strategy given my compulsive e-mailing, tweeting, Flipboarding, and use of other data-intensive programs, regardless of what I try to do to control it.
So what’s my alternative? I’m seriously considering experimenting with an iPad mini $271.38 at Amazon as my primary device. Several of my tech friends and colleagues have pointed out that it’s the best size. It is streamlined enough and readily accessible as easily as a phone, while it will not fit without giving the impression that I’m really happy to see you, dare I promise. I’ve held an iPad mini, comfortably imagining Apple Store as my main communication device and actually gone to the it.
You might believe since I am ditching a phone plan in favor of a Google Voice number and data, I’ll be getting the cellular version of the iPad Mini. You could be appropriate, but if I do I am at least going to test out living with a Wi-Fi link that is only. I spend most of my time in my connected flat, but connectivity has become omnipresent elsewhere, particularly in cities like New York, whether it’s in a small Starbucks or the neighborhood of Chelsea, which has become blanketed with free Wi-Fi courtesy of Google. A “phone call” is a Google Voice, Skype, or FaceTime session away.
We cling to certain technologies that more rational choices are emerging. Wire cutters, for instance, are showing cable subscriptions to be redundant, and I feel this in the next couple of years, the idea of a cell phone plan will likewise seem unnecessary.
I’d be interested to know who has successfully operated without a smartphone by rather relying on another kind of device that is connected, be it a tablet pc, iPod touch, or some fancy tin cans fashioned with cord.
iPhones hold great worth.