Some may scoff at those who whip out their smartphones whenever and for whatever reason. I know, I was one of them. I used to think of myself as a bit of a purest when it came to using a phone as a phone and using a computer for well, everything else. That was, until I was presented with my own little slice of technology’s greatest achievements – the iPhone.
You see, I live in a very technology aware household, and yes, marrying a software engineer has everything to do with it. I can’t complain, it means that there is at least one or more fully functional computers at the house ready to do my bidding. Plus, the in-house tech service is great, not to mention pretty darn cute.
With my new iPhone I’m finding all sorts of new ways to access the information I need, share it with the people I want, and do it in those fiddly bits of time that otherwise would have gone wasted. While I still much prefer to do any real writing on a keyboard, say blogging and manuscript work and the like, I can now do nearly everything else on-the-go. And with my two kids, there is a lot of “on-the-go.”
What’s amazing about these smartphones is that with a few knowledgeable clicks you can access any piece of information in the universe. Well, at least nearly all earthly knowledge, you get the point. Yet, most people are so content playing Farmville and texting and whatnot they don’t realize the power they possess.
Imagine if Benjamin Franklin had access to a smartphone. (Ignore the whole time paradox thing that there would be no network to support it, this is hypothetical). With his ingenuity and resources coupled with all that capability he would be unstoppable! That, or he would be distracted by all the fun apps and never accomplish anything. Hey, it happens to the best of us.
So if you are scoffing at the idea of a smartphone, think of the writerly tools you could be missing:
- Digital voice recording for those ideas on the fly.
- Easy eBook downloads from any source – great for access to the newest writing out there, plus most libraries have free eBook rentals.
- Fast and easy reference of encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, and anything else you can think of.
- Language translation tools
- Access to Facebook, Twitter, and anything other social networking site for keeping current with fans and fellow writers alike.
- Let’s face it, if there is something you need, say a star map or a personal fitness coach, chances are there is an app (or several dozen) for that!
I loves my iPhone.