I was the first kid at my elementary school to get a cellphone. It was a little red Samsung flip phone. I was tech savvy, I was "in with it", I was the cool kid with the new stuff and everyone was jealous (or so my little brain assumed). I was the one who used to have the cool red and blue customized blackberry pager (seen left in black) too, so this was a pretty big deal to me and my friends. From then on I made sure to keep up with the trends of phones, I had the luxury of having my mom work for Blackberry which meant I got these phones for free and since I was young - I was reckless and unaware of value no matter how many times my parents told me. Anyways, the point was that I was a relatively spoiled child when it came to the phone game. I was using the Blackberry Z30 up until now. It was the last phone they made before going Android, so I was still outside the circle of updated technology. Everyone had their Galaxy or iPhone by that point. With their snapchat and Instagram. I could only get some of those apps and only by downloading via APK file and installing manually to my phone. Then, I broke it. Like I did all the previous ones. The Z30 fell victim to my need to listen to music in the bathtub, I dropped it. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved that phone.
So for almost a year now, I have been using a very old blackberry bold. This phone is also a demo phone, meaning it's missing a lot of key things the final model had. Such as sending picture messages or any apps beyond those horribly working Facebook and twitter apps. YouTube app is not a thing. The camera is very LQ so I have no purpose for it except for pictures for myself.
Essentially this has become a very bare bones phone that I use for phone calls and the occasional text message.
I have never used a smartphone.
I've played around on my friends when they let me, or at a party, but all in all. I can personally tell you that I have trouble using an iPhone.
Years of focusing on being the one with the coolest phone and here I am - leagues behind and out of the loop.
Until tonight. I will be getting the iPhone 6s.
So while I sit at work impatiently waiting for 6PM so I can go and buy my smartphone I started reflecting on the fact that my world is going to change fairly significantly.
Why? It's just a phone right?
Well since I work primarily in media and I'm working on making that my sole focus I need a smartphone just to stay relevant and a part of the ever growing industry. It's going to provide me with a lot more opportunities to be active in that demographic and seriously just having an amazing phone camera and 4K video was enough to make me swoon.
Not having a smartphone on you at all times is a culture shock when you are first without. You feel disconnected and isolated but eventually that wears away. I actually hate using my phone unless it's important and that changed my perspective on life a lot. I started becoming more aware of the addiction other people have to their phones. It started to feel liberated not being sucked into that world and I plan to keep that mentality going into this new phone.
I recently went to my friend's cottage and there is no cell reception there. Something we've grown up accustomed to. Her friends? Not so much. I heard the word "reception" in those 48 hours more than I have collectively in 5 years. The withdrawal was too real.
I'm ready to get my smartphone but I'm always going to be reminding myself to put it away and stay connected with the world around me a lesson I'm glad I had the opportunity to learn. So just because I get an iphone - don't expect me to answer any quicker. I'm just trilled to join the new age.
Thank for reading my ramble!