Over the years I have owned a couple PDAs. From a HP Omnigo to later owning Palm III, V, and a m105. Most of them have run Palmâ€™s software and all of them have been okay to carry around with. I do enjoy having my calendar and address book with me at all times but entering information into them using Graffiti isnâ€™t a lot of fun. With new Blackberrys and the iPod Touch coming out this year, I started to think what I wanted in a PDA.
Most of my adult life was trying to get more plugged in. Laptops and wifi at home. Cutting edge cell phone on the road. Somehow being needed made what I was doing significant. Somewhere along the way I realized that always being available was a) taking away my will to live b) really annoying to those that are around you.
For a while I cut off my cell phone (although I now keep a pre-paid cell phone for when I am traveling) and kind of unplugged from the web for a while. With work as it is now, I am a little more in demand some days and I looked long and hard at what kind of technology I wanted to use. My first look was at a Blackberry. Rogerâ€™s carries the iPhone but the coverage isnâ€™t that great and I had to ask myself if I wanted to give up the percentage of our income that Mark and I waste doing guy things on something like a data plan so I can answer e-mail at 4:00 a.m. There is a little thing called Blackberry addiction that I see. When I work nights I send a lot of e-mail out and it is always odd to get a reply right away. It is always from people who heard their Blackberry go off and decided to see what it was. I have been in church and seen people use their Blackberryâ€™s, in meetings and see people update Facebook pages, and I was even at a funeral and some someone pull their Blackberry out and discretely try to send a message. I donâ€™t know if I want to be that guy.
As for the iPhoneâ€¦ that is a lot of money per month not to have unlimited Internet and Iâ€™ll be honest, they are geeky as well. I was at Oâ€™Sheaâ€™s a while ago on the deck waiting for lunch and these guys would pull out their iPhoneâ€™s with these exaggerated movements as if to proclaim, â€œI have an iPhone! It doesnâ€™t matter I have a small penis, because this more than compensates for it!â€ A couple of times I have been in line at the downtown Starbucks and these guys who are just sitting there, get into line and they pull out their iPhone and start typing away. I am sure there are normal iPhone users out there and perhaps there is a pheromone in the air at Starbucks that makes people take out their iPhones when they get closer to the till but I am not sure I want to be that guy as well.
Of course the bigger issue is trying to create the time to relax, think, and focus on things that are not my e-mail.
So after you realize that you hate Graffiti, donâ€™t want to pay $60/month for a questionable rate plan from Rogers or SaskTel, I didnâ€™t really know where to turn. I was reading online and I clicked on accident on someone who was lamenting the demise of the Treo 90 which for some reason I still thought was a smart phone. It wasnâ€™t. It is a PDA with a Blackberry type keyboard which keeps me away from tying to figure out how to create a Y and not a G and yet it doesnâ€™t connect to the web which keeps me from receiving e-mails when I am at the lake or away from work.
I got a good price on one and if I donâ€™t like it, there is always eBay.
Update: Several disparaging e-mails from iPhone users who say that they don’t do that with their iPhone but they have seen many others do it.