Friday, December 14, 2012

Making your Smartphone (handler) more Intelligent

Believe it or not, I am NOT in the minority of people who do not own a technologically-advanced phone. According to a CBS News article from October 2012, about 1 billion people in the world have smartphones. This means that those other 85% are just like me. So all of those people who think I'm living in the past by not having a smartphone, you are wrong! You all are just too advanced for the rest of us!

This topic is being brought up as I heard a rumor - then I looked it up on Google, of course, so now it must be a fact! - that Apple will be releasing its iPhone 5S in summer 2013. Yes, you read that right! The same Apple that launched the iPhone 5 on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, in the US and eight other countries selling more than 100 million phones in three days!   Apple lovers all over the world are excited as one bit of gossip is that a dual-Sim may be a new feature. But only time will tell.

My friend, one of the people harassing me about "getting my phone an education", recently upgraded to an iPhone 5. He tells me about all the apps, features, how much time it saves him, etc. He swears that he is more capable because of his phone. I really don't buy into this hype, but I decided to see it in action firsthand.

We go skiing and he takes his phone on the slopes. When he falls, his iPhone 5 falls with him - out of his pocket and into the snow. Naturally, he didn't realize this until about 2 or 3 hours later! His phone was so cold that the screen froze and his iPhone 5 was never the same again.

Seeing that I don't have a smartphone, who would think that I would be wise enough to suggest such a simple a solution: a weather-resistant case for a cell phone. This case is pretty impressive as it has a durable locking system: seal the two ziplocks, roll down the top and then close with the velcro. It protects your phone from dirt, smudges, stains and - for my friend - even snow!

Though there are many people who do have phones with fancy features, most people do not.  Think of all the remote areas in places like Canada, US and Australia that cannot even pick up reception.  Also, you have certain developing countries that do not even cater for that kind of technology.

But really, the moral of the story is this: it doesn't matter how "smart" your phone is. The phone is only as smart as the person operating it!

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