My iphone has changed my life. I try to share this fulfilling experience with the uninitiated, but I am often met with an “I don’t get it look”, as they explain that they have a cell phone, and it has a camera. They can search the web on their phone. If they are patient. Why would they want to change? I myself was a reluctant convert. I already owned a smart phone. I had a laptop. I had a netbook. I didn’t need one more gadget. My husband talked me into it. Now I’m addicted.
Cell phones have completely changed the world and how we network with our friends, keep in touch at work and communicate across the globe. The inexpensive portable laptop has changed the work environment forever by giving us the ability to be productive in our own backyard, or while on vacation in the middle of the Kalahari. Google has put the entire world and its knowledge at our fingertips. The GPS system has forever changed how many businesses operate, and saves the rest of us a lot gas and wrong turns. Digital photos of our life events can be fired off seconds after we take them, allowing our friends to share in every exciting moment (and many of the mundane ones too). The Kindle brings us access to endless libraries without ever having to leave our home. All of this technology is amazing on its own, but for me the incredible thing is that it is all inside my iphone. Thousands of useful apps are free and tens of thousands are just a dollar or two. There are so many out there to choose from that I highly recommend Appolicious. An app that is a review site for other apps. It’s a great time saver.
One of my favorite things about having an iphone is that it means never having to be bored again. When I’ve made all of my phone calls, checked my e-mail, Googled any information that I need, and updated my Facebook, I can always kick back and read a digital book. I use the Kindle app to find new books to read. When I feel that I need a challenge, I play Words with Friends, which is a very entertaining online crossword game against live opponents. Bookworm is a really fun and addictive, yet I’d like to think, educational word game app. My next favorite would have to be Sudoko2 a twist on the Japanese classic.
One of the really cool uses for my iphone is that I can stream Netflix right to it. When we visit family out-of-state, we can keep up with our favorite shows right on our phones. This way we always have a “TV” in the car, and anywhere we stay. It might seem a little decadent but I even watch Netflix on my iphone from a nice bubble bath. I highly recommend buying a little stand for your iphone like the izel. It’s useful for watching movies. I bought mine on Ebay.com.
My old cell phone was something I grabbed as I ran out the door. My iphone is enjoyed when I’m out and when I’m at home. It’s always right with me when I want to look at the weather, check my stocks or google a phone number. It’s so much easier than firing up the laptop, and it’s less intrusive than a laptop when you’re watching TV with the family and you need to shoot off a few e-mails or texts.
The iphone is fantastic as a shopping tool. I do price checks with my Barcode Scanner app, and it automatically gives you the cheapest price and location of the item that you scanned. It has saved me money! If I want to remember an item for later, I just take a picture. That way I have the price, a picture of the item and usually the name of store all together.
My new iphone has lightened my luggage by the weight of a laptop, an ipod, a couple paperbacks and a digital camera. These are all now home in the drawer when I travel and now I have that much less to worry about losing in route and going through TSA etc.. Our air tickets are now digital too. I use my iphone to watch movies during the flight and to listen to tunes. I write articles like this one.I compose e-mails that I’ll send as soon as I land.
A typical trip for me would be a recent trip we took to London. Our flight was overbooked. No problem! We’re were able to quickly check on United.com for a different flight. While we were waiting we checked with the Gate Guru app for restaurant locations in the Dulles airport. We grabbed a quick meal and then checked with Flight Track to confirm that our new flight was on time. As soon as we had a confirmed seat we used the Priceline app and shopped prices for a room in London.
The iphone was great in London to check our e-mail and figure out where we were going with the TripAdvisor app. I did not use my phone function while in Britain. I was able to get free wi-fi all over the U.K., which allowed us to use Priceline and other travel sites. Phone calls we made through Skype, which works great on the iphone! I highly recommend their app.
I organize most of my pictures on my iphone. I take the photo, and then I file it in the handy system that came with the phone. It’s fun always having your photos with you, ready to show to friends. One of my favorite photo apps is Photo Egg. It displays your photos in a series of rotating ellipses. Very cool! A must have.
The iphone is the first new electronic device I’ve gotten that didn’t puzzle and frustrate me while I was learning to use it. The iphone and most apps are so user friendly that for me making phone calls is only about 10% of it’s use in a normal day and I keep finding even more uses. Some of the other functions that I really appreciate are that you can text while you are on a call. You can also look up appointments in your calendar without affecting your call. Very handy for work related calls. Picking up a second call is easy. Overall, my iphone is a phone/computer/book/daytimer/etc. that I couldn’t live without.