I am the de facto techie in my circles.
Even though I don’t have a technical bone in my body, I stay abreast of the goings-on in the digital tech space, and know a lil’ sumthin’ sumthin’.
So I often am asked (and share) my opinion about this, that and the other, when it comes to technology.
Case in point: my 23 year old baby sitter is upgrading her phone.
She’s had a
Crackberry Blackberry for two years, and she’s debating between the Samsung Galaxy and the iPhone.
The exchange went something like this:
Me: So do you like your Blackberry?
Her: No. I’m definitely over it.
Me: Well what kind of computer do you have?
Her: A MacBook Pro.
Me: (Incredulous) You’ve got a Mac and you’re thinking about going outside of the family? AND it’s cheaper? What’s wrong with you?
Her: I’m just really digging that big screen.
Me: You realize that both the iPhone and the Galaxy have way bigger screens than that Blackberry right? It’s going to be like pulling a flat screen TV out of your pocket.
Her: I know! And I like that. But with my trade in and upgrade, I can get the iPhone for less.
Me: So I’m not seeing your problem. You own a Mac. The iPhone is cheaper. You’re asking an Apple dude if you should go Apple or Android.
Her: I just like that Galaxy!
Me: So what? You’re just looking for a co-sign so you don’t feel guilty spending more money on a WACK phone? Get out of my house! You’re not welcome anymore!
Now that last part didn’t really happen, but I did go on to extoll the virtues of Apple and the integrated nature of its products.
I also lambasted Android and the ‘buggy’ nature of products running that OS.
But in fairness to Samsung, I told her that it was a good device, with favorable ratings, and lots of features.
I also talked about it’s large form factor, and how it’s size approached that of smaller tablet devices, making it an excellent device for anyone interested in owning a tablet but not wanting to have two separate devices.
In the final analysis, I told her it was really a personal decision.
Were it my choice, I wouldn’t be pulling a massive phone with a huge screen out of my pocket.
And then I remembered the first time I saw the Samsung Galaxy in the wild.
And I had to share.
I was on the PATH train headed back to NJ.
The train was packed, as is typical for after work.
I found myself standing
next to over a smaller Asiany man, who pulled out his phone just as we started to pull away from the station.
I watched him swipe a geometric pattern across a series of dots to unlock his phone, navigate to his calendar, pull up a date and begin typing.
G-E-T B-L-O-O-D D-R-A-W-N
What a responsible fellow.
Donating his blood…wait…still typing…
F-O-R H-E-P B
Hepatitis B! WTF!
Let me switch cars right quick and get away from this dirty mutha…
Shut yo mouth!
I’m just talking ’bout Hep B y’all!
After that cautionary tale, I sent her off, hoping I had assisted her in deciding which phone to ultimately choose.
I felt good…and like I needed a shower…
But, hey! If you’re looking for assistance or advice, and it involves technology, feel free to drop me a line.
Perhaps I can help you avoid the cooties too!