I just had this discussion with my 13 year old daughter … who would know best what the latest and greatest bit of technology is in development. At least, far better than I. The whole discussion came around when she managed to get her 4G Lucid phone stolen because she was careless enough (or too lazy) not to put a second quarter in a locker at the local roller skating rink. As a result I forced her to use her “old” phone, which (gasp) was over THREE YEARS OLD! Technically speaking, it had pretty much all the same features of her 4G phone … texting, calling, internet, you could download apps, etc. … but it was THREE YEARS OLD! You’d think I had sentenced her to prison.
Well, too bad, so sad. Let’s just say a lesson has been learned during this experience. I would have gone with telling her she was outta luck with any phone and forbidden her to even use the old one, but she’s at the age where her activities make it necessary for me to be able to get in touch with her. Lucky for her I did manage to get hold of our cell phone carrier and was able to get an early upgrade and therefore, a replacement phone. It’s still not the latest. We’re talkin’ an i-Phone 4 here, but still better than the THREE YEAR OLD one. She doesn’t know its coming yet. I’ll let her stew for awhile.
It did get us talking about the technology we have today. How, even though the i-Phone 5 just came out, the development of the i-Phone 6 is already in the works. The i-Pad 4? Pft. That’s almost old news. A newer and better one is coming out within a year. Sometimes it seems like technology is running itself over trying to be new and improved.
As far as I’m concerned, the development of the e-reader was probably the best thing to come out since cell phones. Yeah, I know, there would be argument there, but I’m an avid reader. I love it that I’m able to download however many books onto one device, tuck it into my purse and off I go. When on vacation, I used to pack away at least five books. Gets a little bulky. With my Nook, I don’t have to worry about that. If I finish one book, I have more to chose from. If I find that I’m losing interest in a story … move on.
I deliberately got an older version of the Nook … or should I say, I strongly suggested to hubby that I wanted this particular Nook for my birthday. Took putting the brochure on the table, a big red circle around the one I wanted and my daughter taking daddy by the hand and leading him to the local B&N. Sad, but true. The man doesn’t have a clue when it comes to gift buying. Anyway, I didn’t want all the bells and whistles, even though the latest Nook had just come out and the Kindle Fire was just down the road. I didn’t want to be able to play games, surf the ‘net or the 101 other things you can do on the newer versions. I just wanted an e-reader that I was able to read my books on. Sure, I can access the ‘net with the one I have, there are a few games on it, and allows downloading audio books, but I rarely, if ever, use any of those (other than the downloading). Just wanna read my books.
So, for me, having the latest and the greatest isn’t necessary. I thought about getting an i-Pad. My daughter has one and she loves it. You can barely unglue it from her hands. But upon reflection, I decided I really didn’t need it. I have my Nook, I have my cell phone, an i-Pod and a laptop. Everything that an i-Pad would give me. Like I said, I don’t play games, don’t need to constantly surf the ‘net, and can live without facebook in a heartbeat. I just didn’t have enough use for it.
How ‘bout you? What devices do you have that you just cannot live without and what new technology are you looking forward to?