Saturday, November 18, 2006

New Toy

I’m a bit of a gadget freak. I am not in the closet about this, I display it proudly. And as much as I like all the new toys available, I’m not constantly upgrading my phone. In fact, I have had a cell phone for going on eight years now, and in that time, I have only owned two separate phones. Today I made it three.

I have not upgraded my phone in a little over 3 years. This is unconscionable to some people, but not to me. When I made that upgrade, I went all out. It was a picture phone before everyone had a picture phone. It went online before all phones went online. I love that phone. It’s been through some fantastic times with me. And I have taken care of it. In fact, when I went in to upgrade today, they asked me how much time was left on my contract, and I told them I had been a free agent for almost a year now. The woman that was helping me took one look at my phone and was like, sure buddy, we’ll see about that. She later admitted that when she looked at it, she didn’t believe me, but she was wrong. I don’t know how, but I manage to take good care of my electronic gadgets.

Well, my new phone has been nothing short of spectacular. All the upgrades I was looking for have been there and have been beyond what I had hoped for. The online access is faster, the text-messaging simpler and the new options have me very excited. It comes with a USB cable to hook up to my laptop so that I can use it as a modem, which means I could potentially get online almost anywhere. And for you nay sayers that think I’ll be charged an arm and a leg for data transfer… well, you could be right, but you could also be wrong. I’m on a fairly old plan that had unlimited data transfer, so we’ll see. I’m hoping I’ve beat the system because of the functionality it would add to another one of my new favorite gadgets.

Last night marked the first time I got to use my new GPS for my laptop. I used it to guide me down to where Brian Regan was playing approximately 65 miles from my work. It worked perfectly. And it could work better if my laptop had been online at the time because it can get real traffic updates that way and then reroute me to avoid some of the traffic, thus getting me to my destination sooner.

This post could be a lot longer, but I have a new phone to play with, so I’ve got to go… you understand, right?


Syar said...

Jon, you have renewed my faith in cosmic connections.

I too have upgraded my phone recently. I've had the same Motorola for close to 3 years now, and that thing was so loyal. I loved it because I didn't pay for it and won it by answering 2 questions by text about British artist Joss Stone. That thing wasn't just a phone, but a trophy.

But when the antenna that's been loose the whole year popped off, all its glaring flaws came back to haunt me. So I went and got myself a Sony Ericsson K750i, at 200 less than retail price, memory stick included because some savvy friends told me to go look online.

So here's a pat on both our backs for our new gadget purchases. Yours is sleek and puh-reety. I have more mega pixels on the camera, but you can counter that with your awesome Internet access.

well done, Jon and Syar.

Radioactive Jam said...

What are these "cell phones" to which you refer? Do they have like, bars or something?

And good luck with your cellular modualtor-demodulator. I could never get that to work.