I have entered the world of Apple.
Steve Jobs would be proud… Or perhaps not considering the device I’m currently blogging with is the device he so boycotted shortly before his death. I am in fact, the owner of an iPad mini.
For those who know me and have known me for some time, the question is why. Why on earth would I cross over to the dark side? The answer? Sometimes it’s because crossing over doesn’t cost you anything. I have always been a Blackberry girl… I had a number of blackberry phones and relied heavily on BBM for my sanity. However Blackberry started getting old and everyone around me decided that Android or Apple was a better plan… At this stage I already had a Playbook and my actual phone and so the idea of moving away from BB scared me. So did the prospect of an exorbitant data usage bill. My birthday was coming up and I decided that I was ready for the jump and increase in my phone bill.
For my birthday last year, hubby gave me the choice. iPhone or Samsung S3. I opted for the Samsung, of course. Purely because I have never been a fan of Apple and he has and so it was easier to reject his claims that Apple was the superior smart brand all around. I loved my Samsung from the second I got it and honestly have never had a problem with actually paying for data now that the phone I own warrants decent data usage.
I have since been hoping for an Android tablet and I would be set. Happy days. Or not…
My husband won an iPad Mini recently through a conference he attended and already being the owner of the latest iPad, iPhone and Mac (Where is the ‘I’ in that?) he promptly pushed the mini into my hands quite happy with himself for finally getting me to crossover into the Apple market. So now, as a previous user of multiple Blackberry devices and currently an Android device, I’m faced with yet another smart product. The apple device. An enigma. A device that puts the x square on the wrong side of the screen… But hey, it was free.
The problem here is not the device which overall after two days of setup is actually rather fairly easy (and without a jailbreak quite expensive) to use. The problem is indeed a PICNIT error…. problem in chair not in tablet. The problem is that my brain is overloaded with a million and one interfaces and whilst trying to function, remembering to gym and actually breathe, I now have to remember that my iPad has no BBM and that my Android has no iTunes… All this and I still manage to get to work and operate a Windows PC.
You see… I wouldn’t consider myself technophobic or a techno peasant (in the husbands words) by any means, actually, I think I’m quite the smart device tart. With all this technology I’m still supposed to interact with actual human beings. How? While I’m syncing my iTunes, feeding the animals in the android zoo and rebooting the PC at the office the last thing on my mind is picking up the phone… In fact, I steer clear of it.
To my 7 year olds delight, she has now inherited my Blackberry (RIP) and since the iPad, my Blackberry Playbook as well. The happiest child around who operates her smart devices better than I do! While all of this technology makes me stop and a catch my breath, to her it is a way a life!
The common plus on all of my devices? Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Whatsapp. LinkedIn. Gmail. Google plus. I am a social networking diva :)
The moral of the story. Who says you have to conform to the norm… I doubt I will ever be all apple, android or blackberry but who cares? The family that social networks together, stays together.