I wonder how many people reading this blog post are reading from a Smartphone. Or how many people reading this on their laptops have a Smartphone. I do. Or I did!
I had an iPhone 3GS a couple of years ago. It never left my side. I would wake in the morning and do a routine. Check Facebook, check Twitter, check my e-mail and play ‘Temple Run’ or ‘Draw Something’. I found in a day I would check my Facebook or Twitter a couple of times every ten minutes. To see if someone had wrote on my wall or to generally stalk the 398 “friends” I have on Facebook to see who had split up with who, who was going out with who, what people were doing that evening or day. My iPhone kept me up-to-date with the latest happenings going on in other people’s lives and with the world when I occasionally checked my BBC News app. It contained 43 apps from ‘Gina the Talking Giraffe’ to ‘Tiny Wings’, ‘Instagram’ to ‘FatBooth’ and ‘Soundhound’ to ‘Soundcloud’. My life basically revolved around me exploring the apps on my phone.
I did have some educational apps such as the app for the TED and a children’s app for my boyfriend’s nephew where a story would be read to him if he touched the screen. I didn’t have a chance to explore other educational apps as I was too engrossed in the phenomenon that was ‘Draw Something!’
By the time moved on from ‘Draw Something!’ I had broken my iPhone, dropping it on the floor and thus killing my phone. I went back to my old Samsung Wave until it was time to upgrade. I upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S2. This was basically the same as the iPhone, just bigger and lacking iTunes. That was probably the app I missed the most as I was always listening to my music. Instead, I bought an old iPod of a friend for £40 to get over missing that!! My Samsung Galaxy was immediately filled with all my favourite apps from my iPhone. ‘Instagram’, ‘Lil’ Kingdom’, ‘Cut the Rope’ and ‘Angry Birds’. Once again, after several months of no smartphone, my life was once again revolving around apps and how easy it was to connect with friends.
This lasted just 6 months before my cackhandedness saw me dropping my phone and smashing the LCD screen. This wouldn’t have been a problem to fix except for the fact the LCD screen for the Samsung Galaxy S2 is £150. Ouch.
So here I am once again using my old Samsung Wave with no android, just plain on 3G and Wifi and a memory capacity that my 2gb memory card laughs at! Smartphones are fast becoming the norm. I wish the days of the Nokia 3310 never ended! Snake was the only game I cared to play!