That is a Galaxy S4. I bought it about a week after it came out. Yeeup, my first smartphone. I’d held off because I didn’t really need one — or at least I didn’t think I needed one and I probably didn’t. A c...
That is a Galaxy S4. I bought it about a week after it came out. Yeeup, my first smartphone. I’d held off because I didn’t really need one — or at least I didn’t think I needed one and I probably didn’t. A couple of things led me to finally break down and go for it. First, I’m doing some work on a WSDOT project and seeing as it’s a large and very significant one I needed to be in constant contact and able to send photos back to the people in charge, receive maps, etc. And texts, which I could get on my old phone but hated it. Also I thought they were finally getting to a point of being really useful as far as GPS and mapping and such.
I was going to get an iPhone originally since I have Mac computers, an iPad and various iPods, but. . . .I dunno, they seemed ridiculously overpriced. And I thought there was a lot more innovation in the Droid market (I thought about a Winblows phone for a couple of hours one morning but quickly discarded the idea). I gravitated toward Motorola’s Razrs at first, but then decided I should get the most state of the art phone I could reasonably afford, and this was it. I don’t plan on replacing it in two years, will probably hols onto it for at least four, maybe longer, as I tend to use things a long time. So I’m fairly confident it won’t be obsolete right away.
Yes, that’s a pink case. Girly, I know, but also very VISIBLE which has already been utilized when I dropped it in the bottom of an excavation pit and a construction worker noticed it within about 3 seconds. It’s an Otter case which is shock, water, and dust resistant, a definite plus for fieldwork!
So far, so good. I’ve already gotten a spreadsheet in the field and been able to view it (to make sure I was in the right place), been texting quite a bit (mostly business), and done some web surfing when on downtime when they’re not actively excavating. It’s nice to be able to get email in the field so I’m not totally cut off. And it’s big enough that I can read a book on it, which I do in the aforementioned down times and also on the bus to and from downtown. I haven’t become a teenager with it though, with my head constantly down staring at it walking around, sitting around, doing whatever. Matter of fact, I’m kind of less likely to be checking emails and junk simply because I know I can at any time. It’s really fit seamlessly into my lifestyle.
This is really great. I think this may be the first device I’ve ever owned that really screams The Future from what I thought it would be like earlier in life. Yeah, computers are great, but the portability of these is what really grabs hold of my imagination. Like a Star Trek tricorder and communicator all in one! I can be walking around, pull it out nearly anywhere on Earth and bring up a map to show my exact location! I can video Skype to anyone with a similar device nearly anywhere on Earth! I can bring up books, web pages, emails, and voice calls nearly anywhere on Earth! How cool is that? This is what I’ve been waiting for. This is what technology is all about.
Still and all, you might find it a bit paradoxical that I was also similarly excited today about a new purchase:
It’s kind of a stereo cabinet, though mostly it is for holding records or LPs on either side behind the sliding doors. Really nice shape. I even bought 3 new LPs at the same estate sale. I plan on setting it up in the living room with a vintage receiver, speakers, and turntable, not for everyday listening but mostly for looks and the occasional little dinner party music extravaganza. Loved the house, too, btw, beautiful old thing, very solid, spacious, old but not really old.
So here I sit, singing the praises of a newfangled hi-tech toy and ogling my ‘new’ 60-year old furniture and records.