Time is so right; it is criminal to not write about phones. Every time there is news of Apple coming up with a new phone, there is also news of competition coming up with their latest, right around the same time. For every feature Apple comes up with, competition comes up with at least two. Competition claims to do more, Apple claims to do them right and do them simple and intuitive. At the end, I truly believe phones have reached a point where it is kind of pointless to put them side to side and compare features. This is for two reasons (a) the features roughly are the same (b) the real comparison is not the phones, but the people that use it. This post is about the second part – you.
I am not what you call the sophisticated user. But there are plenty of features I use. Not from the perspective of “hey, I know it works”, but truly depend on the features to work for my everyday life to function. Without the phone, my everyday life will still function, but the phone helps me do things faster, efficiently, and in most cases, without having to need my laptop.
Sometimes I feel like the phone is our command center – here you can connect with people, manage utilities, manage finances (that is a broad category including bank accounts, credit card accounts, brokerage accounts and so many others), of course manage my work and personal emails, my work and personal calendars, make travel arrangements (hotels, rental cars, airfare), retail shopping (loyalty cards, store credit cards) and entertainment. No, I am not talking about what you CAN do, but I am referring to what I DO do, and in most case almost exclusively (meaning, I can’t remember the last time I accessed my bank account from a PC).
I still have lot of friends who have the swankiest smart phones, but haven’t changed their “methods” since the time cell phones were mostly candy phones.
So I figure what good is the greatest smart phone if the owner doesn’t use it for much more than phone calls?