I am extremely happy with my Samsung Android smart phone. It is a wondrous thing. At times I think it is too smart by half. When I wish to gaze on photos of Little Jo when she was a baby, I don't want rudie pictures that someone has sent me in the gallery next to what I am looking at. And somehow it has downloaded thumbnails of photos on my blog. If I click them, I can see them fullsize. If this is convergence, I don't think I want it.
I have never had an Ipod. I have made do with clones. My clone got lost along the way, and I bought a new cheapie. Hey, $30 is $30. It's battery charge won't last for eight hours though.
I see no need anymore for an Ipod style machine. My smart phone does it all and does it better. I just transfer podcasts to my phone from the computer.
I struggled initially with my smart phone. It was chewing through bandwidth and battery power. I discovered applications/services/running apps. Once I shut them all down, problem was solved.
It was very useful as a modem for the laptop on our recent holiday.
I am still discovering its features. Apps I have downloaded are Grindr, purely for observational and stalking purposes, the weather bureau's forecasting, BBC News and ABC News, Tram Hunter, very useful. Opi which is for all public transport, worldwide. I don't think it is real time, but gives timetable information.
While I have no interest in football, I downloaded a live football app. I can speak authoritatively about who is playing when and where and what the scores are.
This one was just to see what it was about. I downloaded a scanner app. I can hear our emergency, police, fire brigade, ambulance service people talking on their two way radios. (2.30 pm: He is alcohol affected and has just fallen through a glass door. His wife made the call and is also alcohol affected. Transport to the Western Hospital, but expect some problems. 2.31pm: He may be armed. We don't know. He may not be armed, we don't know. Use caution.)
I thought apps would change my life. They haven't, but some can be quite useful.
It may well be an age thing, but I just have not come across killer apps. Do you have a killer app that I might like?