I’m a blogger, a techie, a mum and a commuter. So I think it’d be a safe bet to assume I own a smartphone. To me these amazing devices are a blessing and a curse. They are a distraction when I need to kill time but also when I should be focusing on more important things. They have helped me out in a scrape on more occasions than I can count, yet make me too quick to turn to Google for help. They have allowed me to capture so many pictures of Little H growing up but to the extent I have more than I know what do with!
My first ever ‘smartphone’ was a T-Mobile MDA Vario PDA. It wasn’t a smartphone as we know them today but it opened my eyes to how awesome it was to have a device that did more than just calling. It had a pop-out keyboard so I could draft blog posts on-the-go. It had a browser so that I could do things online. But this was the days before app stores. It was the days before 3G so I could only use it on WiFi. So after 18 months, I swapped back to a conventional phone and bided my time until…
…the iPhone. Oh my was that a revelation. Whilst Sam resisted saying he didn’t see the point, the moment the iPhone 3G was released, I got one! It was a-maz-ing! Being able to browse the internet properly whilst out and about was a revelation. The world started developing apps to do anything and everything. Sam was soon brought over to The Dark Side. Over the next 6 years I stayed committed to Apple, moving to the iPhone4 and then the iPhone5.
November 2014 rolled around though and I was bored of my iPhone. It was always the same-old-same-old. Same functionality in a slightly fancier box. I was heavily pregnant and I wanted something different. So I jumped ship and moved to Android! Unlike back in early iPhone days where it had been a bit unstable, Android was a major competitor to iOS and I felt it deserved a try. So I went with the waterproof Sony Xperia Z3 Compact; waterproof felt like a great idea with a new baby about to enter our lives.
I would have stuck with my Sony indefinitely except at the, err, ripe old age of 26 months the top of the screen broke and I couldn’t swipe down on anything. So I upgraded with a heavy heart. After much research I went with the Samsung S7. Which is where you find me today and very happy with my choice I am! It’s a solid, quality device and it’s such a nice device to use. In fact just over a week ago I was distraught when I tripped over outside my office and (in addition to some severe bruising) broke the screen on my phone! It’s now fixed but…well…it caused a lot of upset!
I use my phone a lot. Probably more than I should, although less than most other people. Like every other blogger, it’s my main method for keeping in touch with social media, tweaking blog posts and snapping pics. Where I find my phone invaluable though is as a way for Little H’s nursery carers to always reach me if there is a problem. I can’t imagine being a working and commuting mother without knowing they can reach me easily.
However, it it’s a continual struggle not to overuse my phone and let it dominate my life. I turn off notifications in apps. I keep my volume down when I don’t need to hear it ring. I leave it on the sideboard unless I’m using it so that Little H doesn’t always see my on my phone. We stick to a ‘No phones after 10pm’ rule and we have apps on our phone to suppress blue light as the evening draws in. But there are still times when I realise I’ve been immersed in one app or another when I only picked it up to check the weather!
My smartphone is something I have come to expect in my bag. I am accustomed to being able to look anything I need to up whenever I want. Sometimes I wonder what it must have been like in an era before smartphones, when it was easier to switch off. Occasionally I find myself a little envious. But for me the pros outway the cons. And whilst I could live without a smartphone, it’s not something I’d willingly give up.
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