A few years ago, however, I decided I wanted to try to have as few devices as possible. I bought my first smartphone two years ago. I wanted my phone to also be my camera and my primary music device. My first smartphone had a really good camera and I used it all the time. It sucked as a music device because the battery didn't hold out for very long. I never did get the hang of using it for Internet exploring or emails.
A few weeks ago, I upgraded to a Samsung Galaxy S III. It has an awesome camera, which I use for all my photos. I don't store them on my phone. I upload them to an online storage site, directly from the phone. Then, I really got serious about putting my life on my phone. I
- moved a bunch of my favorite songs to my phone, so I can listen to music while walking, without incurring data download charges.
- hooked the phone up to my home WiFi network, and signed up for Pandora. Now I can listen to music on my phone!
- synched my Google email and calendar with the phone.
- installed the application from my bank, so I can deposit checks from the phone, and then pay bills.
- activated a built-in GPS (with voice). (Of course, I didn't activate until AFTER I had spend two hours driving around in circles, lost in St. Pete!)
- subscribed to a bunch of newsletters, blogs and magazines.
- installed the Kindle App and synched it with my Kindle, so I can read e-books wherever I am.
I cannot describe the awe I experience contemplating the fact that I carry all of my important information, plus my camera, several hundred songs, 300 e-books and the power of the Internet in my purse.
Oh, yeah, and I can talk on the phone, too.
It's positively uplifting to think about such amazing technology -- except for the fear I feel at the prospect of losing the damned thing in which case I'd be not only helpless but vulnerable in ways I don't want to think about.