In the dying days of holiday time hubs just insisted that we go and update my phone. You see for a few months now it has driven him slightly insane that there is not an iPhone 4s in the house. Hubs, bless him, doesn't like to keep up with the Jones, he likes to be them. Or at least have way cooler gadgets than anyone else. To be fair though he does not actually live out this desire nearly as much as he would like and I guess everyone is entitled to have dreams.
Back to my point though.
Around three days before the 4s was released, hubs actually went and upgraded to the relatively recently received iPhone 4. For the past two years he had been the proud owner of of a 3G but like I said he likes to keep up with the times. As a result of this upgrade I was handed his old phone. Which kinda worked well because I was in dire need of a new one.
Originally I had been against all things Apple. This was based on some crazy notion that I developed based on childhood arguments. Slowly though as I began to see more and more of the wonders of Apple I am rather pleased to say I was quickly converted. Even after only being an iPhone user for a few months I was in love. I knew there was no going back. I was so thankful to feel like I was part of a rather cool club.
Only my beloved new possession was beginning to show signs of failing. It took slow to a whole new level. I could do most things I wanted to, you know like tweet and check Facebook, just, as long as I keep tapping the screen to make sure it didn't time out and go to sleep.
Suddenly it hit me.
What would I do if my phone stopped working? How could I ever return to an ordinary phone after having experienced the many joys of i? I shared my fears with hubs, who concurred there was no way I should have to suffer with anything less than the awesomeness that comes with Apple or Androids.
It was about now that I saw a light pop on behind hub's eyes. He had had an epiphany.
"Let's go to Telstra and get you a phone"
I was torn.
As much as I didn't want to lose the beauty of being an iPhoner I didn't want to cross over to the dark side that is Telstra. Telstra has plenty of money, I don't see why they need any more of mine than I really need give. In another lifetime I was a mobile phone retailer. I started with Telstra but hated the fact to them I was merely just another numbered worker. Before long the competition came and snaffled me up and I swore never to use Telstra. Slowly over the years though, I have had to give in, as despite being thieving rascals at times they do offer some services here that no one else does.
Even now I still wonder how hubs managed to convince me. He must have caught me in a moment of weakness or something. He is good like that, always working out when I am least likely to say. I sure am thankful that he did though.
You see the phone is much cooler than I ever expected. And fast. Oh so very fast. Pages open instantly. I can even actually surf the web, read blogs and what not. I can even write and post to my own blog. Though this is not as fail safe as using the computer since I have recently lost not one but two posts this way. Live and learn though.
The real winner is the voice to typing feature. I am not sure why but I just love it. Like seriously love it. Perhaps it is just the fact that I get to hear the sound of my voice saying something that almost sounds intelligent rather than the usual mum stuff I hear. Unfortunately the translation isn't quite what I said but you can't win them all. It is a great exercise in speaking slowly and clearly.
Oh and did I mention Siri?
She also is very cool. As the Apple site states ask Siri to help you get things done. Siri will send a text, dial a number, put something in your calendar, search the web. If you live in the States she can also give you directions to the nearest restaurant. Actually that is about the only thing about her that annoys me, the way she tells me she can only search for locations in the US.
Now I know that on the surface this might seem like a sponsored post for Apple. It's not. I really do love my new toy. It has been pivotal to the smooth running of the house so far this week. It has helped to schedule housework, kids chores, fun times, and much more. It has kept track of what I wanted to get done and what jobs the kidlets have completed. It has also kept me off the computer as I have easily been able to check my mail here and there without getting distracted by the wonders of the Internet. All of that is much to be thankful for.
I am thankful that we are in a position to walk into a shop and walk out with exactly what we wanted. Without a single drama, hitch or problem. I don't know why but I had expected it to be full of hassles.
I am thankful that the children have finally realised that I will not give into letting them play on it and finally stopped asking for me to do so.
I am thankful Kate hosts this wonderful meme each week. It really is one of my favourite posts to write each week for many different reasons. Head on over and see what others are giving thanks for this week.
What are you thankful for?
Great post Rhianna, you made me giggle. We are similar in that I am a new convert to i and dont know how I lived without it..I have an adversion to large phone comapanies who I have found to be REALLY unhelpful and it takes Mr Fresh to get me into one of those stores too! I am thankful also I am only a little step behind the Jones (I don't have the latest update).Technology is a wonderful thing (mostly) and it certainly makes life easier when you are on the move all the time.ReplyDelete
yes it is just amazing all the things that can now be done thanks to the joys of technology. So glad I got a giggle out of you Kyrstie :DDelete
I have been having fun with Siri, Rhi. Asking her what the meaning of life is, her favourite colour, if she likes me! For the first time in AGES my phone is cooler than hubby's (stuck with his iPhone 4). Apple FTW. Oh and I also had to return to the dreaded Telstra when I moved after years of boycott upon discovery they are the only ones who could get my net going in my new place. I also worked for them! Small world?ReplyDelete
Aint it just? Siri is so much fun! Not always much help but lots of funDelete
I'm quite fond of my iphone as well...I think because it has my friends in it and keeps me connected wherever I am. I was actually quite sad when the screen it got smashed a few weeks ago....then had drink spilled on it...ReplyDelete
All fixed now and I felt unusually happy :)
Yes it is strange how attached we become to a bit of plastic really.Delete
I was a late convert to the iphone but feel lsot with out it. I was fortuante enough to get an ipad for Christmas which has taken my apple addiction to a new level- Mac Air??ReplyDelete
Hubs got an iPad for father's day and it is pretty cool. I have had my iMac for a while now and just love it, I have been trying to think of a valid reason (other than just because I want one) for getting an AirDelete
Ah, I still have an iPhone 3GS and it is so, so, so, so slooooooooowwwwwwww. I started a plan just a couple of week before the 4 came out... hope to upgrade later this year ... now I feel I NEED that new one urgently... patience, patience!ReplyDelete
Oh Seana I feel your pain, hope your plan expires really soonDelete
Aww hubs is so sweet! Only Telstra can sell iPhone 4s in Australia? My hubby has the 4s while I'm using the 4.. don't find much diff but I do prefer to use his phone camera to take photos! ;p such good resolution!ReplyDelete
Ai @ Sakura Haruka
No other companies can sell it but since I don't work and hubs is already with Telstra it was just easier to get the phone through his existing account with them. Really other than Siri and there is not a lot of difference between the twoDelete
I love love love my iphone. Even more though I love the iPads my girls got just before Christmas, thanks to Autism funding for one and the awesome blogosphere for the other. They have made the school holidays so much more awesome.ReplyDelete
Yes the iPads are particularly cool as well. I saw the blogosphere get you one, gave me tingles actually, so lovely the way people pull together at timesDelete
lovin my iphone4S. i had a old school texting phone prior and was reluctant to make the switch. Now I am in love! #commenthour!ReplyDelete
Yep that is exactly what it was like here, thanks for stopping byDelete
I wasn't in a hurry to get an iPhone, but once I got one - wow! I love it. :)ReplyDelete
~Tui, from #commenthour
Yep Tui once you get one there is no going back :DDelete
I have been resisting the 'i' anything revolution, but since hubby got an iphone, I can feel the resolve weakening!ReplyDelete
oh just give in Skyelee it is well worth it.Delete
Oh shush you!! I got my 4 a couple of months before the 4S was released and now have to wait out my contract! I want Siri! *cries* #whitewhine xoxReplyDelete
Oh Kate! Though really Siri is not as great as she could be. I am sure by the time you update she will be even better than what she is nowDelete
I too, have recently joined the darkside. Telstra AND an iphone. I may as well have sold my soul. Least I have can surf facebook...ReplyDelete
Yes there is always an upside plus if you can't beat them join them!Delete
I love my iPhone 3G but I am anxiously waiting to upgrade to the 4s. I want a friend named Siri who will answer all my questions and is available 24/7. I haven't had any luck finding a real person named Siri to do that so I'll have to settle for the one who lives in the 4s instead.ReplyDelete
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