“Does it have an off-switch?” asked my friend Julie Sheehan. “Not that I have ever seen.” I replied.
We were having our weekly tete-a-tete over cappuccinos-extra hot, no milk, foam only and a mini-muffin split between us.
“And” I said, “they can never be more than a finger length away.”
We were looking at Gari-Ellen’s iPhone. She was paying for the coffee and did not hear us. We sounded like two primitives seeing a Coke bottle in our jungle for the first time. You know, like the movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy.
Anyway, I had been thinking about taking the plunge to switch over to an iPhone. They look like a lot of fun and I hankered for one. Coming from Silicon Valley where new technology and gadgets are as important as a new pair of shoes, and having techi-geeks for kids and grandkids, I felt woefully behind the times without an iPhone.
That week my Flip Camera died, and the next day my digital recorder gave up the ghost. To replace the two single-function gadgets would be half the cost of an iPhone, and I would need a still camera and a phone. That’s a lot of junk to schlep around.
As an investigative reporter and a real estate agent, I need to travel light.
So I did it, I went to Telcel and bought a new iPhone. Well I had earned a lot of points and did not pay full price. And they put the difference on my monthly contract. I am paying a little more monthly, but what an amazing tool/toy!
And in the last three weeks it has become indispensible.
Last Tuesday evening I was going over a purchase offer with my sellers. We wrote a counter –offer, but my scanner was being uncooperative, we needed to respond quickly since the buyers were getting on a plane to Seattle in the morning. So I took a photo of the contract then attached it to an email using my iPhone for all functions, sent it on to the buyer’s agent.
And like every other convert to the church of Apple, I say to all that will listen: “I don’t know how I ever lived without it.”
I can keep my documents in the Cloud, and us Air Print. It’s a camera, a calendar, it has a GPS and it’s an iPod.
I have downloaded apps to make it a flashlight, which I used to read the purchase offer on the way back to my clients home ( my beloved was driving), oh and I love the mirror app, since I have to use eye drops every hour which often make my eyes tear, I can quickly check to see if I have Tammie-Fay eyes.
And now they want me to turn it OFF! There is a movement afoot in Mexico asking everyone in the nation to turn off their cell phones for two days. We are occupying cell phone companies-virtually-in an effort to bring our pricing on a par with the US.
I just don’t know if I can do it…can you?