Call me a hypocrite!

Well, there’s no point in beating around the bush so I’ll just come out and say it:

I am the proud owner of a new iPhone.

I feel rather like a hypocrite. I have said on many occasions to numerous people that as cool as I thought the iPhone was, I just never wanted to be that connected. The truth is circumstance and practicality conspired against me. Let me explain:

Three things made this a practical decision. First, I’ve been wanting a new phone for a while. My RAZR, while nice, is getting scratched up, bumped up, and let’s be honest, old technology. I’ve looked around at various phones, but held back. Second, I’ve been wanting a PDA. Recently, I’ve been looking at PalmPilot’s, Blackberries and various tools that I could use for managing contacts, calendars and lists on the go. Third, as I mentioned, I’m re-reading David Allen’s Getting Things Done with the idea in mind that I’m really going to give his methods a try this time. They worked pretty well for me the first time around, but I didn’t implement the whole system. Now I’m giving that a shot. Part of the system is a mechanism for keeping your calendar and “action lists” available with you. Thus the PDA.

Well, carrying 3 different devices is ridiculous. I don’t want to lug around an iPod and a cell phone, and a PDA. That’s crazy. Also, at home at least, I completely converted to the Mac back in 2004, so I needed something that would work with Macs. The answer was the iPhone. For the price I would have paid for a new PDA and a new cell phone, I got the 8 GB iPhone. It took 8 minutes to activate and I’ve already made a call with it. It is connected to my wireless network. I’ve downloaded some music and videos to it. I’ve already tried reading email on it and it works like a charm. And, its integration with AT&T’s EDGE network is included in the monthly fee, so even when I’m not on WI-FI, I can still read email and browse the web.

In fact, I’ve done about everything with it I can thus far, except post to this blog. But believe me, before the week is out I’m sure I will have done that too.

So call me a hypocrite. I deserve it. But I have my new little toy and I’m happy with it.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.