Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
Question for you smartphone users (I assume a lot of you have them). Mainly this is for those of you who do NOT have one specifically because you need it for your job. I somehow doubt every one of you has your smartphone because you need to be in contact with work.
Anyway, personal smartphone owners/users:
Neither of us has one. Lately, I’ve really been feeling the desire, especially since the iPhone is coming to Verizon (we don’t have AT&T here yet, but I guess they’re coming soon too).
It costs $200+ for the phone and we’d be looking at an extra $60+ a month for us to have these phones. (We currently have plain, ordinary phones that call people. No data plan, no apps…)
So my question is…
Why do you have one? Why did you get it in the first place? Has it changed your life (and how?)?
And how do you justify the expense of it in your budget?I feel like for $60 a month, it ought to do my laundry, you know?
Post # 3
it will change your life! if you don’t want to be tied to your phone, don’t get one. it’s addicting.
i have 2, and as much as i love them, sometimes i wish i was a little less available. but they’re sooooo convenient when you need to look something up on the spot.
Post # 4
I don’t have a computer, so for me it was worth the extra $20 a month. I love the convenience of being able to look up anything from anywhere also.
Post # 5
I’ve had a smartphone forever. Literally I’ve had data plans as long as data plans have existed, haha…I like gadgets.
But I don’t know how I would survive without it. I’m on the internet constantly, I use the GPS all the time, and I love getting emails right away.
I currently have a Motorola Droid and I love it. The internet is great on it and I’m a huge google user, so the fact that it is a google based phone is great for me!
Post # 6
@kitzy: I second that! If you don’t want to be on your phone constantly, don’t get a smartphone. If they ever find out that browsing the internet on a smartphone can give you cancer, I’m as good as gone…
Post # 7
I didn’t have a cell phone until I got my Iphone for christmas two years ago. To go from no phone to iphone was hilarious because I went crazy and immediatly downloaded every “useful” app I could find. I do love love love the calendar though, I have all my wedding stuff, bdays etc in there. And I can never get lost with my GPS. I live in a small town, so when I drive in to “the big city” all I have to do is type Starbucks and it will bring up every starbucks in the vicinity. Its awesome!
Post # 8
I got my iPhone when I changed jobs and couldn’t access my e-mail at work. I just couldn’t deal with not having access to personal e-mail all day long.
From there it has really become my “main” computer. I only use my computer now to write long e-mails. Otherwise I look almost everything up on my phone.
If I’m out and about with friends I can look up the nearest restaurant, nearest subway, directions to where we are going next, movie times, phone number for a restaurant to call for reservations, etc.
I am going to switch to the Droid on Verizon because AT&Ts network in NYC is totally shot. Calls are dropped ALL the time and sometimes I can get or send texts/emails because the network is so clogged.
Being in NYC, I rely on my smart phone.
ETA: I forgot about the calendar. I have all sorts of alerts set in there and FI and I can share our calendar and put thing on each others calendar through the network.
Post # 9
It will change your life. I love having my calendar, all my contacts, and my email all in my purse. And I love the apps – especially when traveling. And the ability to google anything, anywhere will change your life.
Post # 10
I’m addicted to my iPhone. I got it for Christmas a year ago and haven’t had any major problems with it. I love that I can get directions from Google Maps at any time, I can look up a restaurant, store, etc. in a couple of minutes, check my email without having to log in to anything, and when I’m bored standing in line somewhere, it gives me something to do.
I definitely think it’s worth the cost, you won’t regret it 🙂 Although, heads up, you can’t post to WB on it 🙁 Not sure why, but I keep hoping it will be fixed one of these days.
Post # 11
Why do I have one/why did I get it in the first place? It was a hand-me-down from someone, so I got it for free, and my old (non-smart) phone was dying, so I went for it.
Has it changed my life? Yes. I’ll start with the good: I can check my work email from anywhere, so I know if I’m missing something while I’m out at lunch or whatever. If I’m lost, I can look up directions on the go.
Now for the bad: I now check my email before I got to sleep and first thing in the morning, and if I’m reading in bed and I think of something I want to google, I grab my phone and do it. In other words, it’s distracting. I used to play scrabble on it all the time, too, but I had to delete the game. It also costs $100/month…expensive.
Bottom line: it’s nice to have for the times when I need it, but most of the time it’s a distraction, and I’ve taken to turning it off when I’m at home…waste of money? Kinda. And while I’m at it, I wish DH would get rid of his, he’s always staring into it! Whew. Done! 🙂
Post # 12
it might be a good idea to start with an internet phone if you’ve never had one. fi has a samsung gravity, and it gets emails and internet access (not as many apps available). the data plan is also much cheaper than a data plan for a smartphone – only $20/month. it could be a good trial to figure out how much you’ll actually use the data plan.
Post # 13
I got a Blackberry because Verizon was offering them buy one, get one free, the Curve was only $100, and FI and I had a $100 credit on our account so we basically got 2 new BBs for free.
I love that my Blackberry has fast internet, I get all my personal emails on it, it’s got some decent games (and awesome apps like Pandora radio and Google maps), and I can open pretty much any email attachment (Word/Excel documents, pictures, etc). I also like the “Notes” section because I can type something to myself, like a grocery list, someone’s address (very important when on-the-go and trying to get your wedding invitations together), to-do lists, or upcoming appointments. I don’t know how I got by without it.
That being said, I’m probably going to get an iPhone now that Verizon has it because I love iPhone games/apps, and I use my phone more for fun and boredom than for work stuff.
Post # 14
FI and I have had the iPhones since they first launched and yes, they have changed our lives. Having everything that you could possibly need in one handy little device is awesome.
The reason we got iPhones is because FI owns a mac and iPhone development firm. He obviously needs the phones for development but we use them in our day to day lives because in our opinion, its the best smart phone available.
Post # 15
It’s really a convenience thing for me. I’m not a gadget person, but FI is. After he got an iPhone I realized how useful they are. I just got my own last month. If I ever get lost or need to find an alternate route, I have GPS. If I need to quickly refer to an email while I’m out, I can check it in a matter of seconds. If I need to look something up, I just grab the phone. If I hear a song on the radio I like but don’t know the name of, I Shazzam it (I do this surprisingly often). I’m never bored if I’m stuck waiting somewhere because I always have Tetris and my Kindle app. Last week I dragged FI shopping, and normally he reverts to 5 years old the second we step foot in a store, but he just pulled out his phone and started playing Angry Birds. It was a win-win. I think it’s well worth the money.
Post # 16
I’m on AT&T and I have the iPhone and have had it for 2 years.
Why do you have one? For personal use.
Why did you get it in the first place? I really just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I was due for an upgrade so I just picked it!
Has it changed your life (and how?)? Absolutely! I love it! I don’t know how I lived without one! I use it for everything: gps, internet, e-mail, social networking, calendar, music, pictures, wedding planning, games…You name it!