Just a couple of days ago, I did something that I haven’t had an opportunity to do before – buy what most people would consider to be an actual smart phone.
As most of you know, I live in a very small (like 1 000 people total population small) community. Up until about 3 years ago, we didn’t even have cell service in the community. When we finally did get service, it was the old CDMA service. It made phone calls, sent texts and a few other things, but that was about it.
But then, about three weeks ago, after a lot of work, our community’s service was upgraded to 4G cell service. This meant that I could buy an actual smart phone. Of course, I’m already late. Every teenager in town that wanted one bought a phone within a few days of the service being activated. The explosion of kids with Samsung Galaxies and iPhones (yes, except for a very exceptions, that was the only two models that kids wanted) was pretty amazing to see in the hallways of the school.
This weekend I finally had the time to get a new phone for myself. I looked long and hard, deciding not only between android or iOS, but also between a model 5 or the new 6s. I wasn’t convinced I wanted or needed a 6 and I wasn’t very comfortable with the size of them. They felt too slippery in my hands and uncomfortable to use. My wife had bought a 6 and in the end convinced my to get one, along with a slim case to try alleviate some of the troubles my small hands were having with it. After only a few days of getting used to it, I’m happy with the decision.
For most of you, this stuff is old hat. You’ve had good, solid, fast cell service for years. But for me, it’s interesting to see the quickly changing habits and connections of the kids. I’ve already had a couple of kids come to school and say that they had finished their homework on their phone as they were having computer trouble. A lot more multimedia content is being made now that they have the cell speed to share their creations. We’re still working this out in the school, but we are learning towards a responsible use policy instead of a ban. There are simply too many advantages to try to hide the devices and pretend they don’t exist.
In the mean time, if you’ve got ideas for me… I’ve got a new iPhone that I can fill up.