- I tend not to throw out any tech devices until they actually stop working.
- My Palm and my dumb phone were both still in good order.
- I was worried about a smart phone turning into an electronic leash.
After about 6 weeks of considering my options, I choose an iPhone in mid-January.
Here’s what I’ve learned in the intervening months:
I have a bunch of apps (nearly all free), of which I regularly use only a handful.
That handful of apps is really, really useful.
I can work from anywhere now.
But I don't have to. I am rigorous about turning off synch of my email outside business hours.
The Kindle app is really handy if you find yourself unexpectedly having to wait somewhere. But make sure you're reading a book of essays or one that you know well, since there will be a lot of picking up and putting down a given text.
I still need my iPod, because I have WAY too much music for even my 32 GB version.
I still miss my Palm, because I still haven't found a satisfactory method for managing both personal and work tasks and calendars in a way that keeps them separate but lets me easily see both at the same time.
By the way, the Oatmeal (and there is no greater authority) is with me on this one.