In my childhood, the dream present was a pair of ‘walkie talkies’. In their absence, we were quite proud that a string held taught between two empty tin cans created a workable low-tech alternative.
Today, everyone has a much more powerful communications device in their pocket. And it’s not limited to phone calls and texts; you can have web browsing in the palm of your hand, too.
I, too, was trying a 3 Skype phone before Christmas. I found the mobile Skype function a disappointment, so chose not to blog about it. Yet the revelation to me was just how much web browsing is possible with a 3G phone. Those of us who remember WAP and recall the huge prices paid at auction for 3G spectrum had every right to be suspicious of the functionality and the likely cost to us of embracing this new technology. Yet for some, the ability to update your Facebook status at any time and to view a YouTube video will certainly be worth the cost. For some applications, the phone is now a realistic alternative to a PC or laptop.
For me, I’m not ready to abandon my familiar phone or laptop yet. But I have acquired an iPod Touch because I love the interface and Wi-Fi web browsing in the palm of my hand – without the need to pay for a phone contract (or without the distraction of phone calls). So these are my chosen mobile devices: a 2G Motorola phone for the necessary evil of phone calls and texts; and an iPod Touch for the fun of browsing when out and about.
Gail also uses two devices: a standard Nokia phone and a Blackberry (used for emails only).
I know it’s possible to have one device providing phone calls, music, photography, web browsing and emails – but I’m not yet ready to pay for it. What’s your favourite mobile device?