I may have to get a new smartphone soon. I dropped my BlackBerry last week and cracked the front, and although with a hard reboot (or whatever the correct terminology is) everything seems to be working right now, it really does feel like time to move on and get a device that meets my needs better than the BlackBerry, which is quite clunky when it comes to the internet.
I love everything about the BlackBerry for the way I use it, but as with all gadgets and computers and software that touches my fingertips, I drastically underutilize it. I am no Luddite, but I am somewhere near the opposite of what seems like 90% of the rest of the modern world who get positively
about whatever the latest toy is and whatever the latest app or game is. I have very little use for most of the crap. I love to text and I love getting my email and I talk on the phone on occasion and I need it for my business. I like the calendar and I love getting Weatherbug on my BlackBerry. And I love love LOVE the real QWERTY keyboard. Those virtual keyboards just about creep me out (though my nephews have faith in me that I can learn and adapt).
Other than that, the BlackBerry is pretty much a brick -- partly because I don't have the desire or need to make it more -- but mostly because of its own limitations. When I'm in an unfamiliar place, looking for a restaurant or needing walking directions or just needing to do a quick Google, the BlackBerry just doesn't cut it. It is so slow and clunky, it's ... um... pretty much a brick.
So my contract with my provider is nearly up -- and the provider and my lack of service at my house, even though the tower is only two blocks away (and the phone will alert me that I AM ROAMING IN CANADA when I am sitting in my home office) and their failure to address it after many years of complaints is a whole other issue.
Don't get me started on that. I'm talkin' to YOU, Verizon. I don't want to hear a bunch of "I hate Verizon" comments, but I am thinking of switching to AT&T just because of this issue, unless Verizon will give me what I need to correct that. Because I am told that AT&T will give me what I need to correct that issue.
I'm still thinking about it and talking about it with a lot of people (yes, the chorus of I LOVE MY iPHONEs is screechingly, ear-piercingly loud), and I'm still deciding, do I really want to get an iPhone or not. (Because I really dislike Apple and their policies.)
The one thing that may tip me over the edge, it turns out, is something so totally uncharacteristic of me that I am stunned to learn it:
Holy crap. I have now spent probably no less than six hours surfing the web looking at iPhone 4 cases.
Come on. Are you kidding me? This seems to be a multi-billion-dollar industry.
And my head has been turned a little bit. Nay, my head has been turned a LOT.
I don't know if I can link you to an Etsy shop without you having an account -- that's how little experience I have with Etsy (though I do have an account, and I have bought a few things there). For those who don't know what Etsy is, it is defined here.
So I will take the liberty of borrowing a few photos (I hope the sellers don't mind) and link the sellers as well.
Just the tip of the iceberg, people:
These leather ones are killing me:
From this seller (RobbieMoto)
And then, a different look, equally attractive to me, but in a totally different esthetic (Click for bigger), from this seller (tovicorrie)
In the end, it'll come down to me deciding what my real needs are. But in the meantime, it seems perfectly logical to me to buy a case before I even make the decision to buy an iPhone.