Apple released a new operating system update this week so it’s a good time to talk about iStuff! I bought an iPad Mini when they came out last November and I’m now a certified fanboy. Prior to that, I didn’t have a smartphone, an e-reader or a tablet, so it serves as an all-in-one for me.
Most people I know fall into one of three device camps. They have:
- A top-of-the-line smartphone which they rely on for everything (Internet access, e-books, banking, photos)
- A smartphone, an e-reader, a tablet, a laptop and a digital camera – selecting the best device for each purpose
- A laptop, a digital camera and a basic phone for talk/text only. This counts as a low-tech profile these days!
I currently have just 3 devices: a laptop, the iPad Mini, and an iPod Classic. I recently gave up my work cell phone and now have to think about cell phone plans for the first time in 9 years! During that time I didn’t carry a personal cell phone since I was allowed to use my work phone for reasonable personal use.
Instead of focusing in on a new phone, I am evaluating my tech needs (i.e., wants!)
First of all, do I need Internet access everywhere I go? When I bought the iPad, I decided I didn’t. I got the wireless version and not the cell data version. I have Internet access at home, at work, and at wireless spots, so I decided that was enough. Therefore, I don’t need a data plan on a smartphone either.
Of course, in buying an iPad, I recognized that I wanted to have some personal computing capability with me everywhere I went.
My mobile phone needs are ridiculously low. Since I had a work-only phone for so many years, I didn’t share the number much, and everyone in my personal life was “trained” not to call me on it! As a result, I probably only send and receive about 10 texts a month and use about 10 minutes of air time. I doubt that my habits will change overnight or that I’ll start getting deluged with calls and texts.
I’ve decided to buy a used or cheap not-very-smartphone and use it with a SIM card and a pay-as-you-go plan for $10-20 a month. I don’t think I’ll get frustrated with the limitations of a basic phone, and I don’t think I’ll be tempted by cool apps because I can already get them on my iPad.
My laptop is 5 years old and has Windows Vista but I am in no hurry to “upgrade” to Windows 8 (scoff!) So I will definitely use it until it is completely dead and then panic about being forced to use Windows 8. I can’t see switching to a Mac because they seem so overpriced, but on the other hand, I have been thrilled with Apple’s other products, so I will keep an open mind.
I have two digital cameras, a point-and-shoot and a DSLR, both from Canon. Yes, I feel the need to have a little portable one (bought long before the iPad) and a serious one. The big camera is outdated. Six is old in camera years! I can no longer tolerate having to use the tiny eye-piece to take the photos, and I need to compose the photos on an LCD screen! I am planning to replace the camera body. Fortunately the lenses and accessories will all still be usable with the new one. I will continue with Canon for that reason. The controls and features on their whole line-up are so similar that I won’t have to re-learn anything. Always a perk!
Apple will be announcing its iPad Mini 2 next month, and it will certainly have the retina display. I won’t be upgrading my one-year-old device! I’ll probably hold out until I decide I need round-the-clock Internet access everywhere I go. That day will surely come. Then I’ll get a new iPad with a data plan. I might get the full-sized iPad because it can be used comfortably for more work and productivity – the Mini doesn’t quite cut it for documents and spreadsheets (or for composing lengthy blog posts like mine!)
I haven’t yet evolved (or devolved) into the kind of person who plays with their phone every time they are waiting or bored. At most, I read an e-book! But the times, they are a-changin’, and not-so-slowly, so am I.
What devices are essential for you? Are you planning any upgrades soon?
Note: Not a sponsored post; I just like this stuff )