post off: what role does technology play in your life?

smart phone

I’m getting a smart phone. There, I said it. To be clear, I have nothing against them; they’re proven lifesavers when you need to consult a map or simulate a light saber duel. My issue is with me. I’m not averse to technology, I’m slightly obsessed with it. Recently, I’ve been making an effort to “unplug” after work instead of constantly doing eighty miles per hour on the information superhighway, and I’ve resisted the allure of a smart phone knowing it certainly won’t help with that. But it also makes sense to upgrade, and I’m embracing my high-tech life knowing that I can still “power down” to relax, and that having a smart phone might actually (gasp!) make things easier. I’m counting the days until I can download Real Simple’s To-Do List app, but what about you? Do gadgets play a big role in your everyday, or would you rather go without, or with less? — Sarah C.

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Robyn

The most wonderful thing about the iPhone, for me, is that I can use it to help me repair things all through my house. I take a picture of the problem, like a leaking faucet, take it to Home Depot, enlarge the photo as needed, and get the perfect fix! I’ve repaired or built so much and saved so much money. I also love the iPod in it, and Pandora. The calculator has come in handy often. I just got a GPS app, which I have yet to figure out…there’s much more that I’m still learning, too!

Kourtney

I could NEVER go back after having an iPhone for about three years. Admittedly it’s the first thing I pick up in the morning but it’s like technology lite in that you don’t have to pick up your laptop or fire up a desktop to read emails and check the day’s weather.

Just a note, if you are considering an iPhone, wait until after June 7th when it’s possible they’ll announce the release of an upgraded model. Also, make sure at&t will work for you. The coverage in Chicago is awful and getting worse. They also just announced a change in their data plans.

Hopefully that doesn’t scare you too badly but I do hope people know what they’re getting into. The phone is amazing. The service is atrocious.

Another iPhone user here, responding from the waiting room of my husbands doctors office. My husband was the one who insisted we both get iPhones and I was on the fence.
Now, I cannot live without it. Running my business from home and on the road, it is pretty much essential. I mean, before smart phones people did the same things just fine – I know. But the fact that I can relist Etsy items while I am online at the post office shipping orders out… has to make me more productive, right? (I hope, ha).
I do feel too accessible at some points. I also feel like because I do respond so quickly, my clients expect it always and I get anxious when I can’t keep up with myself. (If that makes any sense.)
At any rate, the good out weighs the bad by a landslide. There is a power off on all our technology.
Some apps I love: Remember the Milk, UPS, my Google map, Words for Friends, Pandora, and Shake It Photo

I have the iPhone and I truely dont think I could make it without it! I do everything from banking, weight watchers, email, my schedule…. I could go on! I think if you dont utilize all the apps then there is not point to spend the money on the extra fee but if you do its worth every penny!!!

much like the others, I didn’t think I needed a “smart phone” but since I’ve always been a “mac” guy- waited until my existing contract was done and finally got an iphone last year. I can’t imagine what I was doing without it now! It’s been so helpful and amazing.

sarahc

Part of the reason I don’t have my dream phone yet is that I want the iphone but I want it on Verizon because I have Verizon now, the service has always been good for me and most of my friends/family are on Verizon which can only mean savings. I know there have been some rumblings of the iphone coming out on Verizon soon, but it’s hard to say if “soon” means this summer or late fall or sometime in 2011, and I worry that when it does come out there will be all sorts of bugs to work out with the onslaught of new users on the network, so I’ve been thinking of getting a Droid or the new HTC Incredible and riding out the iphone transition storm for two years and then switching if I really want to…thoughts? Does anyone out there own an android phone?

ellobie

Two months after I got an iphone, my fiance decided he needed one, too! The few times I’ve forgotten mine at work, I’m completely stymied until I get it back! I don’t use it constantly, but it’s so so so handy & really makes my life easier. I love the GPS maps, the bus tracker, the lists I can make, the calculator, the tv guide, having my work & personal calendars (and email, too…), my food tracker (granted, I haven’t been great about using that one…), my bank account, the newspaper, our netflix queue… It’s even made planning our wedding easier, I have all the lists – even our registry – on-hand whenever I need to.

I don’t have internet at home, partly because I don’t want to be that “wired” but mostly because I just don’t need it with my iphone.

As for AT&T service in Chicago, it can be spotty, but I’ve never been in an area where I was totally screwed without reception. Usually I just need to move a few feet or wait for the next train stop and the full 4 bars are back!

riye

I don’t have a smart phone or internet at home. I don’t have any plans to get a smart phone although I might bite the bullet and get internet access at home so I can work from there if I have to. I know there are lots of wonderful things available (my bf is waiting for the new iphone) but truthfully, I’m just not that interested in them. Maybe I’m just too old! :-O

I could not survive without my iphone…..all the apps are great! They help me with just about everything. Even picking out paint colors!
I also love having the camera to take quick shots of things and e-mail them to myself.
I highly recommend the purchase.

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