New phones and keeping in touch

Posted: July 15, 2007 in hardware, technology
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It’s been a while since i’ve shared any musings with you, mainly due to a family tragedy, which, without getting into details, changed the lives of many people and really brought us together as a family after realizing how quickly a life can be snuffed out without warning and without a chance to say goodbyes. I’ve heard the expression “live for today and plan for tomorrow” many times and never really given it much thought, always assuming there will be a tomorrow, but that is not always true. The point that was really brought home for me was the need to stay in touch, say what needs to be said and don’t let things go unsaid, you may not get the chance to say them later. So, what does this have to do with technology and computers? Well, the need to keep in touch has always driven the world to advances in communications and that need also fuels the need to replace older technology with the latest and greatest, which is what this particular blog is all about. As with most of my blogs, and probably most blogs in general, the topic came about out of necessity. It is time to replace our cellphones with something that works better and has more features.

Cellphones – a disposal product for us in most of the civilized world, but has become a necessity for many, are a constantly changing product with advancements coming so fast you can never be on the leading edge for long. Most now have internet access, cameras (still and video), MP3 playback and download, as well as all the standard features of old, and typically a couple of games, albeit rather lame. Most of the products offered by the telco companies are pretty much the same if not exactly the same. Sometimes it is only the colour that changes from one provider to the next. In the end after weighing all the options and physically holding all the various phones out there, we settled on a LG Chocolate – more for aesthetics and tactile reasons that any other, it had bigger buttons and felt more substantial than many of the others, oh, and one more reason, it was cherry red. I mean who can resist a cherry red anything?

So, that was the wife’s phone out of the way, now came the tough part – my phone. Yes in a perfect world i probably would have an iPhone, but there are many reasons why i can’t, the foremost being i live in Canada, and as usual we are treated as second class citizens, or poor cousins, whichever analogy suits you best, it’s not available yet and when it is it will be way too pricey if the U.S. pricing is any indication of what the pricing will be here. Not only is the phone itself expensive, but we as Canadians get to pay more per month for cellphone use than our south of the border neighbours, which is annoying to say the least, but that is a topic for another time. So, where does that leave me? Well, after much deliberation i decided it was probably time to give in and join the crackberry club. Seeing the latest and greatest blackberry Curve and trying out sold me on the need for one. Aside from all the normal reasons you want a blackberry, which are mainly keeping in touch with emails, phone, internet, this little puppy has a 2 megapixel camera. It doesn’t do video, which i find strange, because you can play a video on the blackberry, why not enable the camera to record video as well? After all most cellphones do it. So, for now, it seems like this is the way to go for me, the only thing left to do is open the wallet and spend some hard earned money but i’m thinking it will be well worth it and may end up saving me a little money in the long run if it means i can be more productive when away from the office. At least that’s my justification – i swear it’s not just wanting all the best toys.

Let me close on a sombre note, but one i need to close with. To my older brother, who for others was a son, a father, an uncle, a nephew, a friend, a coworker, a coach, etc., your life was ended way too soon, and you will be deeply missed.
TCG

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