As I have intimated here, I have gotten my first proper smart phone, or, as they call them nowadays, a "phone". I have a phone. In my pocket. Connected to Internetland.
I am late to the party as far as this goes, and arriving at this party so long into it, after hearing so much about it, and seeing it from outside for so long, and even occasionally complaining about how much noise they were making when I was trying to sleep, has had a few eye-opening moments for me. In talking with my colleagues, and in adapting to an ever present pocket device, I have learned new things about these phones, their culture, and my own tastes. In fact, I have learned exactly ten things. They are as follows:
1. As a general rule, the older a person is, the crappier their phone is. Or, for the positivists, the younger a person is the better their phone is. People older than me don't know what model their phone is and bought it for $200 three years ago. People younger than me know exactly what model their phone is, just got it, and it's the most valuable thing they own.
2. Most people only marginally know how to use their phone, and even the best are talented amateurs.
3. Ebooks on a phone are, and I don't say this lightly, amazing. My phone, which has now replaced my wallet, is now also a small, but readable book that I open up and read from exactly where I left off at any given moment.
4. As much as I am enjoying this phone, I love the leather wallet I bought for it even more, and sometimes I just like to hold my phone without using it. It was all an excuse for the wallet!
5. The apps are all byzantine and sprawling, designed for breadth and not depth, which explains list item number two. Everything can be in your phone, but it tends to sprawl wildly from that point.
6. It's kinda heavy.
7. Looking at the phone while talking about it, or about anything else, is non functional and just as obnoxious as all the times I experienced it from the outside.
8. It utterly disconnects one from reality despite its seeming accessibility in nearly any situation.
9. It calls to me.
10. The fact that I can use it as a phone is a funny perk of the thing that I only occasionally recall.