I love my phone. Or, should I say, my cell phone-pda-camera.
I’ve had a cell phone of some sort for the last 6 years. Flip phones. Camera phones. Clunky phones. Phones with difficult interfaces. Phones that tried to do too much – and ended up not doing much of anything at all.
But the phone I have now is heaven. It does so many things – and it does them well. I was really wary of purchasing a smart phone, but the husband talked me into it. He got the beefier Palm Treo, while I stuck with the entry model Palm Centro.
And I love it! I got the black one, but it has a fun glitter in it. It’s not so much that people think you have a child’s phone – but it’s enough to keep it from being a boring black.
I love the size of it – it fits nicely in my hand when I’m using it as a phone. It doesn’t look like I’m just holding a pda to your head – it’s a reasonable phone size. It is the most adorably tiny pda you will ever see. Granted, it’s probably too small for power-pda users – but for someone like me who uses a phone to a) make phone calls, b) send the occasional text message, and c) kill time while waiting in lines, it is perfect.
I love that it runs the Palm OS. There are so many Palm applications out there – Quicken, Office, games galore. If I can imagine something I need, it’s there. Also, since Palm has been around awhile, they have had time to polish their OS for hand-held devices. They know what works, and how to keep things responsive on a mini-computer.
I love that it has a touch screen! Whether surfing the internet, playing sudoku, or entering contact information, the touch screen adds an intuitive way to let you do it all faster. I did replace the tiny little plastic stylus with a slightly more sturdy metal and plastic one, but the upgrade only set me back $7, so I’m not complaining.
I love the tiny little keyboard! Most grown adults would probably find it too small, but it works for me. I was blessed with wonderfully strong thumbnails, and I find that the corners of my nails work perfectly for it. When I want to send a text message or write a note to myself, I have a little keyboard which is wayyyyy faster than phone-typing. I’m not 14, so that whole phone-typing thing is beyond my ability. I haven’t had a chance yet to IM on my phone, but it’s got all the different IM clients on it – and with a full keyboard, I could actually keep up with a conversation.
I don’t really use the camera much, but it’s actually pretty impressive for a phone-camera. There’s no flash, only a 2x zoom, but the pictures aren’t half-bad. It’d certainly do in a pinch, to capture pics of a wreck in case the other guy tries to change his story later, or an unexpected celebrity sighting.
The thing I like the most, though, is that every time I see it, I think, “oh, I LOVE my phone!” I’ve never felt that way about a phone – there was only one other phone that I thought was cute, but cute isn’t enough to make a great phone. I love the way it looks, the way it feels – and most importantly – the way it works.