Showing off your smart phone.

Let’s just get this out of the way right now…I don’t have an iPhone.

Whew, okay. Still with me?

This isn’t to say that I don’t have a cell phone, or that I’m anti-smart phone.  I have an Android phone, I’ve had it for almost two years…and I hate it.  It’s not Android that I hate, or Google (I L-O-V-E Google), it’s my particular device.  It’s a model that was known to be annoying as hell…except that wasn’t widely known until after I owned mine.  I have the first generation of a phone whose third generation (out now) is a really popular model.

So, it’s no secret among my friends and co-workers that I’m not smitten with my current phone.  When our contract renewal comes up next month, I’m getting a new phone.  Here’s where things get tricky.

Some of you may know that Apple recently released a new version of their celular device.  It seems like everyone these days either just got the iPhone 5, or wants to get the iPhone 5.  Andrew’s one of these people, he’s certain that’s his next phone (just one more month!).  I’m not so certain.

So why is it, when iPhone users find out that I ::gasp:: might get another Android next month when my renewal is up, they feel the need to hand me their phone?  It’s as if they’re saying “Oh, you must not have seen this…here, hold this iPhone 5, let the magic wash over you”.

What am I supposed to do with their phone?  It’s awkward.

I don’t know what they expect of me, and this is becoming a problem.  It happend to me the other day at the Apple store, in a room full of demo phones, some random guy handed me his personal phone when he heard I didn’t have an iPhone.  It happened to me twice this week at work, people pulled their iPhone 5 out of their pocket and handed it to me.  What do they expect me to do?  It’s as if they think I’ve never seen how one works.  I have.  I own an iPod.  Andrew has an iPad.  I’m typing this on a MacBook, you don’t need to teach me about Apple, you don’t need to show me how the phone looks (it looks exactly like the iPod and iPad).  I am always tempted to say “oh, thanks!” and just walk away with it, because that’s the only logical response I can think of.  But I’m not into theft.

So, have you been handed random people’s iPhones or other smart phones?  What do you do when it happens?

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4 responses to “Showing off your smart phone.

  1. Sam

    Hi Mary – I think that you’re missing out by brushing off those Apple fanboys. Let me explain… I own an iPhone 4S, a 3rd generation iPad, and a MacBook Pro. All are updated to the latest software versions. And they all work together so seamlessly. Maybe someone showing you their phone won’t do the trick – but the iPhone 5 is certainly much different than an iPod. The capabilities that the Apple platform has are HUGE! And, you say that you know all about them. But what I’m saying is how does ANY other phone out there come close to rivaling the capabilities that the iPhone has? Especially to someone like you who has an iPod and a Mac computer already?

    • I’m not saying I know all about anything, for one. I’m also not that tech savvy so I have a feeling this could get over my head quickly, but maybe you’re the one who could convince me. Honestly, even in an ideal situation, all (ha) I need a phone to do is call, text, take photos (I don’t even need them to be good photos), g-chat, check my e-mail, update my calendar, give me directions, let me post a tweet with a photo, and entertain me when I’m stuck somewhere and I’ve either finished or forgotten my book. Sometimes I check my fantasy football team to make sure no one has randomly quit playing. There’s not that much in that list that needs to seamlessly link to my computer, and what should (like the calendar) already does. What makes iPhones so much better at all that than Android?

  2. Sam

    It sounds like you’d be a perfect fit for an Android or other phone besides Apple, then. The things I love are the attention to detail that Apple has as far as design, ease of use, and that interconnected part. I love that my iPhone can sync with my computer wirelessly and update my song library wherever I am, I love that my notes, calendar, reminders and mail are always in sync on all of my Apple devices, I love that I can continue text message conversations on my laptop, and that the phone doesn’t keep getting wider and wider until I can barely fit it inside my pocket.

    I suppose Android can do most of those functions, but I like how Apple does it. I think it all revolves around their approach to design.

    I was never good at supporting my arguments!

    • 🙂

      It’s exactly those things that make my decision more difficult. I know that the people like you who love their iPhones absolutely LOVE them and can’t imagine being okay with anything “less”. I’m just not there yet. And I know I don’t use my MacBook Pro to its fullest potential either, and truthfully, I’d have to find my iPod charger if I were to use it at all.

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