It seems like the one item that I can’t leave home without is my cell phone. I can forget my wallet, my lunch or my keycard to work, and I can still get through the day—but if I forget my cell phone, it feels like the day is pretty much a write-off.
I don’t know when this dependency on my phone started.
After all, I didn’t always have a cell phone. Life didn’t always revolve around this little gadget that has now become my PA. Surprisingly (or not), my phone has more information about me than my own friends and family. My cell phone has my daily schedule for work, it has my doctor and dentist appointments, it has apps that enable me to access my bank account or spending accounts (I have come to rely heavily on my Starbucks app for my frapp fixes), and it has a list of my friends and family and their contact information.
“Oh, and most importantly, and I can’t stress this enough, I’ve come to rely on the camera to help my memory.”
Gone are the days of having to scramble for a pen and a piece of paper if I want to write information down. I just whip out my phone and snap a picture of the information that I need to store.
Okay, so it’s pretty clear that my cell phone has my life at its mercy.
The worst thing that can happen to me is if I lost or I bricked my phone somehow. But like I said, it wasn’t always this way. I remember getting my first cell phone. It was one of those Startac flip phone deals. It cost $1 a minute to use and that’s all it did—make and receive calls. No text messaging, web browsing, apps or games.
Then I moved on to the Nokia 5185.
Now this baby was the phone that I kept around the longest. I discovered the joys of the Snake game and it even had text messaging. You could customize the cover and really make this phone your own. But as with all good things, my run with this phone ended and I went for the Nokia N95. Now this phone was the first phone that I owned which had a coloured display. There were more games, more apps and a halfway decent camera (at the time).
After the N95, I really wanted a phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard so my next phone was the Nokia N97 mini. I loved having this phone because I could text quickly on it. I became more and more dependent on my phone for entertainment (hey, I could listen to music on my phone now!) and for keeping me organized (it now has my calendar).
Enter the age of Androids.
My next phone was the Samsung Galaxy III. I took tons of pictures of my family and friends with this phone. Unfortunately, due to a nasty fall during skating, I killed the touch screen and rendered the phone useless. The next phone I got was the HTC Amaze. This phone honestly could have replaced all of my other devices, and it eventually did. I browsed the web with this phone and I was able to get access to more apps to help with daily life.
Time for Sony.
The next phone and the one I currently have is the Sony Xperia Z3. This phone has definitely replaced my tablet and my laptop. This phone wakes me up with alarms and I have my notifications set to remind me of meetings and appointments. I use the camera to capture information and events to the point that I almost always use the phone camera instead of using a separate camera on vacation.
“Cell phones today have become essential tools of life…”
They aren’t just for voice calls anymore—they have become sophisticated devices with apps for anything imaginable. Cells have undergone major changes from the early days of simple phones. These days, you’ll be hard pressed to find a person who doesn’t own a cell phone. We have all come to rely on cell phones not only to communicate with people, but to also entertain us and to keep us organized.
What other uses do you have for your cell phone?
QA at Aequilibrium Software