The iPhone 4 entered my life today. After months of deliberating whether I should or shouldn’t join the ranks of iPhone users, I caved. Strangely though, I wasn’t all that excited about it. The flurry of anticipation came from my three boys who couldn’t wait to cover it with their sticky fingerprints.
Me? Not so much. I bought it partly out of curiosity and partly out of my need to stay on top of today’s digital lifestyle. How can I possibly be a real Tweeter if I’m not doing it mobile. Really, now.
I picked the iPhone up from Purolator around noon on Friday. And left it. In its box. Unwrapped. The entire weekend.
This drove my boys cra-a-a-a-azy. When can we play the games? When will you open it? Can we get our own apps? Hey – who’s this phone for? (That one’s my question)
The fact was, I felt a bit apprehensive about the whole thing. How long would it take me to figure out how to text, make a call, use one of those things called apps. When my current phone was so, uh, easy.
First thing this Monday morning, my boys begged me to activate my iPhone before they got home from school. Dutifully, I complied. Although I was miffed to spend close to an hour setting it up, I quickly realized that this little digital baby was going to keep mama some good company. And that’s not because I sent a text to the fella moving my grandma’s furniture that went: “Hi darling” (haven’t figured out how to turn off auto correct, yet).
My kids, however, will be battling for the mobile entertainment unit, so competition to keep my own paws on it will be stiff. So far, all is good – I’ve beat off any whiff of downloading Angry Birds Rio for the time being. And, that fart app they’ve asked to download? Won’t be happening anytime soon.
For now, they’re surprisingly happy to be playing with my old cell phone, an LG Rumour complete with a Qwerty keyboard and screen. But it’s no iPhone and the cheap thrills that come with sending fake texts and alternating ringtones won’t hold them for long.
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