How Important Are Gadgets To Your Life?

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The iPhone 5 begins shipping today.

People are waiting in line, overnight, to be the first to get it.

I like gadgets; I like technology.

My smart-phone has made my life easier and so much more convenient.

(It has also made it much harder to turn “off” work.)

Obviously, I love cameras and lenses too.

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And my laptop.

And my Kindle.

And my husband’s iPad when I occasionally borrow it.

And yet?

I have never understood why people spend the night camping out for a new phone.

(Conversely, I realize many of you probably don’t understand why I take photos with an expensive professional camera instead of a a camera phone.)

I was chomping at the bit to get the Canon 5D Mark III camera when it came out.

I put off getting a full frame camera for over a year, just waiting for the Mark III  to be available.

I guess we all have different gadgets and/or technology we “love.”

My current phone happens to be an iPhone.

It’s two years old, and I’m “eligible” for a new one.

And, don’t get me wrong, I’m sure I will get a new iPhone in time.

And I’m sure I’ll like it.

(I’ll especially like the improvements to the camera, of course.)

But, I see no reason to camp out, stand in long lines, or make an event out of getting a new phone.

Almost every new piece of technology has a few bugs when it first hits the market.

I’m perfectly happy waiting awhile for those bugs to be resolved.

Are you a phone fanatic?

What’s your favorite gadget and/or type of technology?

And would you stand in a line for hours/days so you could be the first to have it?

11 Responses to “How Important Are Gadgets To Your Life?”

  1. Gaelyn

    No way I’d stand in line for a phone.

    Still learning how to use my favorite piece of technology. And thus why I read your photo page. Thanks for the tips.

    • Suzanne

      Your welcome.
      Hopefully, I’ll be posting more regularly.
      If my appendix doesn’t burst ….

  2. Diane

    I would never stand in a long line for a gadget purchase…. probably not even if they were giving the item away. Why? Because I’m old and my feet and back hurt so lines and I don’t see eye to eye. My favorite technology item, which I guess is not a gadget is my iMac.

    I barely have a dumb phone, let alone a smart phone and probably the only reason I would have for purchasing an iPhone would be for the camera technology it has.

    • Suzanne

      I do like my phone, although it stresses me out sometimes.
      (And I rarely use it as a phone, come to think of it.)
      I will enjoy a better camera-phone whenever I update though …

  3. Jan's Sushi Bar

    As much as I love technology and my gadgets – particularly my Nikon D90, my laptop, my Kindle Fire – I am not particularly attached to my phone. I recently upgraded to the Droid Razr, and the only thing I’ve used it for is a flashlight, a GPS (it’s biggest value, as far as I’m concerned) and to play Angry Birds while I ignore The Young One as he drives (it’s either Angry Birds or a fear-induced heart attack). Phones just don’t make my heart go pitty pat.

    Beloved keeps asking me why I have such an expensive phone. I keep telling him I need a flashlight, a GPS and want to play Angry Birds while I ignore The Young One as he drives. You really can’t argue with that kind of logic…

    • Suzanne

      No, and I wouldn’t even try to.
      It makes perfect sense to me.
      : )

  4. Alexis (MN)

    Someone posted elsewhere…..I’d stand in line for a hot Krispy Kreme doughnut but not a gadget. I thought that was pretty funny. Personally though, there’s not a lot of things I’d stand in line for. I don’t even like to stand in line at the airport or grocery store so….I wait until lines die down. My time is more important to me than that and I prefer to choose how I waste it rather than have some marketing campaign or social pressure choose for me.

    • Suzanne

      I suppose for some people it’s a fun adventure?
      It just seems so much easier to order everything online these days.
      : )

  5. Issa

    Yeah, no. I’m getting one. I ordered it last Friday. But mine won’t be here for a few more weeks and really it’s okay. I want it badly, but I don’t need to be first to have it.

    • Suzanne

      Let me know how you like it! : )
      I do look forward to having a better camera phone!

  6. Denise

    I have a Samsung Galaxy phone and it’s time for an upgrade. I cannot decide whether to get the new Galaxy or the iPhone. Pros and cons to both, so I have done nothing. Soon, very very soon. Standing in line for a gadget? No, not on my list of things to do.

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