Reliance on Technology

17 Jun

This blog might end up being less dynamic than we’d hoped, once we hit the road…

We’d been planning on picking up new phones before we left, as our two year contract is up.  Mrs. Damn has decided our next phones should be the new iPhones, which granted, would let us keep in touch, upload content, and heck, even edit videos and upload them from the road (presumably not while driving.  Of course not, officer…).  She’s had a mostly positive experience with her Apple laptop, and is now a devoted fan of them- especially the AppleCare protection plan.  That and her appreciation of the closed system/moderated app store seems to be the main selling points for the new iPhone over, say, the cheaper ($150 each on Amazon) Driod Incredible– but I could be missing something.

Unfortunately, things kept getting pushed back.  We waited on the announcement of the new phones, as we knew they would both open up new options and drop the price on the existing iPhones when they came out.  Then we waited for the pre-order deadline, figuring we’d have them shipped to us en route.  Then their servers and phone numbers couldn’t handle the rush for the trendy new phones.  Then they had to push back the delivery dates and make them tentative instead of guaranteed.  Plus the online ordering system would only let you ship and set area codes according to the billing address on your credit card.

So now I’m not sure… I have a feeling this means we won’t get new phones until mid-July or probably early August, when the new iPhones become more readily available in stores.  In the meantime, we have phones that can handle email but not web browsing or other fancier features.

Not our phones.

I’ll admit in addition to the blogging and general memorabilia appeal of being able to take & upload photos & video, I was set more at ease about our trip by the thought of being able to access maps, GPS, look up hotels, search for the next restaurant via voice commands, and all those other modern marvels that come with the current batch of mobile devices and applications, and I’m starting to worry more and more about how we’re going to fare on the longer stretches between havens (La Pine, OR to Gothic, CO being the first of several of them).

At the same time, I have to mock myself somewhat for feeling dependent on expensive new technology I haven’t ever even had yet.

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4 Responses to “Reliance on Technology”

  1. Alice Nightingale June 17, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Well, now I know I am the last person on earth who does not have a smart phone! Your tale just adds to the temptation. Dave wisely suggested I wait til after we get back from China. Then, jet-lagged, broke, facing the realities of returning to work, I may be able to resist spending money on such an unnecessary item. Life is just too complicated at times….

    Safe journeying to you all!

  2. Paola June 18, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    You miss the most important use of an Iphone, which is to keep recalcitrant five year olds entertained in restaurants, doctors’ waiting rooms, the backs of cars etc. etc.

    If you do end up with Iphones do contact me for a list of child-friendly games etc, though it does mean you will never be able to use your phones for map searching/hotel finding anyway.

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