When I whip my phone out of my pocket, people who know me well are usually surprised.
It's not an iPhone.
It's not an Android.
It's not smart, actually.
It's pretty much a regular phone, the kind your junior high niece is stuck with until she can pay her own data plan.
And you know what? I'm happy with it.
I know what would happen if I found myself suddenly willing to pay for a data plan and with my hot little hands on the phone of my dreams.
Not only would I suddenly have my eyes on a screen more than they already are, I would probably have to figure out some major organization and decision-making (i.e., what goes on the phone vs. what's on the iPad vs. what I'll use where vs. when do I need to take my iPad and on and on and on in an endless cycle).
There's also a certain expectation when you have a smartphone. Suddenly, you're available. All. The. Time.
I'm guilty of some of that already. I work from home, and I have an iPad that can hook me into wi-fi at any family member's or good friend's home. Silly me, I can check email practically all the time already. Do I really want to have one more tether, one more tie to something that really shouldn't have such an authority over me?
Then there's the bottom line: tossing my phone to the kids to amuse themselves would cause something like a WWF-level smackdown. My kids are as technology-geeked as I am, and while my oldest is bigger than the other two, they have some weapons of their own.
And, to be honest, I'm not sure I want to share.
That said, I have considered the awesomeness of the picture quality and my lack of a good camera since the death of my old one, the fact that I could finally figure out Ignio, and the general geeky-coolness of it.
But, for now, it's a "dumb"phone for me.
Do you have a smartphone? What do you love--or hate--about it?
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Copyright 2012 Sarah Reinhard
About the Author
When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.