Three years ago I purchased what I thought was an innovative cell phone. Keep in mind I have always been a little behind with the trends in digital technology. I really didn’t care if I had a cell phone or not but all the mothers I knew kept telling me how important it was to stay in touch with my 8th grade daughter. That lovely autumn day I signed a two year contract and purchased one for Mariah as well on the “2 for 1 Plan” with AT&T. I cannot remember the price but something tells me it was $99.99 for two phones. The young sales clerk who helped us that day was bored or tired and didn’t offer any advice about the phone or how to use it. I guess he figured at my age I certainly would know how to use the camera and answer the phone. I remember him saying, “Read the manual.” Besides the two basic talents of my new device several pages of apps were offered. This is when it got sticky. I would hit the button to navigate to all the cell phone activities and my finger would stick on the main control which I found very frustrating. I gave up quickly and decided it really didn’t matter because both Mariah and I are in agreement; we don’t like talking on the phone. It was obvious to us that our pair of digital phones would be for emergencies only. Outside the store she did show me how to use the camera and I took a picture of her in front of AT&T. Happily that is the image I saw when on rare occasions the phone would ring. I never took another picture with this 2 x 3 ½ black cell phone. My husband insisted that both these were not worth the money because neither one of us use our phones.
This has all changed with my new toy the iPhone 3GS. Okay I am still behind; the iPhone 4 has been out for a year and the iPhone 5 is due in September but I was able to upgrade my original contract with AT& T and purchase the iPhone3GS for $49.99. I have been looking at the marvelous Apple ads for three years in awe of the applications but wouldn’t even let myself get excited because of the price. I think originally they were $499 and then went down to $399. But this isn’t just about the price. This is about convenience, efficiency, and entertainment.
The packaging of my new iPhone was designed beautifully by Apple. Because of my aesthetic sensibilities this hasn’t gone unnoticed. The box itself is enticing with the colorful apps including my favorites: Notes, iTunes, Mail, Messages, Calendar and the Camera with the ability to send the pictures I take immediately to friends and family. After enjoying the product for several days I found their manual called “Finger Tips” which is the quick start guide. I can also learn even more at www.apple.com/iphone.
For the last eight years I have been writing articles for various publications which means I am using my computer a large part of each day. Often I will need to do research or ask questions of people on my e-mail list. The person I communicate with the most often is Rhonda Boudreaux my friend and publicist. She is on the phone or at her computer, sometimes at the same time, all day long. If I e-mail her sometimes I have to wait for her answer when I am dying to know right now. Never did I think I would be sending text messages, never. What a thrill to write a short question and receive an answer within minutes. For me this is easier than calling a number and worrying about interrupting another person’s day. This is the ticket to communicating with Mariah when she is in school. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to find this out. I think this new exciting tool has unleashed a passion in me for a much greater digital experience. We’ll see.