My Samsung Galaxy S3 started freezing up a few times a day. It’s called sudden death syndrome. A factory reset didn’t help, so I brought it to the Three store to be repaired. It would take 10 business days, they said. I had a backup phone that I use for app testing, so I transferred everything to that. No big deal.
The problem with my backup phone is that the volume rocker stopped working on it. After Googling the issue, someone suggested you can just take the phone apart and clean the inside. Sounded simple, so I tried it.
There is a reason I’m a software guy and not a hardware guy. After taking the back off the phone and removing several tiny screws, one of the screws dropped onto the floor and I was never able find it again (my suspicion is a whole in the space-time continuum opened up a swallowed it). I pried the inside of the phone out of the case and it would not fit back in. Then the case would not fit back on the phone. So, I broke the stupid thing. I should have just put up with the broken volume rocker.
So I went all day yesterday without any Android phone at all. It was surprisingly difficult. I could not check email unless I was at my desk. No phone calls came through. Nothing to read on the toilet… you get the idea.
We need our phones
I don’t think it is just me. I think a lot of other people would fine life without a smart phone difficult once they get used to it.
I depend on my Android phone as an alarm clock, an mp3 player while running, a source of checking my email, an authenticator for Google 2-stage authentication, and of course, a phone.
There’s a lot of talk about Google Wallet (or some other type of M-Commerce) that will make our phones even more important. This seems like a natural evolution, actually. Why should I carry around a bunch of paper in a leather wallet in my back pocket when most of that information can be stored on the device in my font pocket? If we start using our phones for id and money, then we really be dependent.
The smart phone is more than just a tiny computer we carry with us. . . it will change our lives and how we live. Eventually, it will become a necessity the way a computer has. I’m sure within the next 10 years, governments will start talking about creating subsidies so lower-income families can get decent smart phones (because Apple will still be overpriced) and someone will finally do something about the state of mobile phone recycling.
But for now, I have to admit I have a problem. I’m addicted to my phone. And I have to live without my phone for another 7 business days.