I really don’t get too excited about new gadgets and consumer electronics anymore.
I have a three-year-old Motorola clam-shell mobile, and an older model BlackBerry. I’m one of those weird people that still uses a mobile phone for voice calls and BlackBerry just for email. But I do have friends who get excited over their little tech toys. I recently had dinner with four girlfriends, sipping Cosmos, when suddenly we started whipping out our BlackBerrys in a moment of electronics show-and-tell. I’m sure the bartender had quite a chuckle at four gals oooohing and ahhhhhing over a pearl button.
But I have to admit, there is only one piece of consumer technology I cannot wait to get my hands on. Apple’s iPhone. I know, I know, if I was so hot and bothered about owning an iPhone I would have bought one already stateside and found some 16-year old pimply-faced geek to unlock that puppy for me. But alas, I will wait, along with all the other tech lemmings in this country, until Rogers makes it widely available this coming Friday. And I don’t give a darn how much Rogers is charging for data fees cuz I just bloody want one.
I don’t really know why I want one so badly. I have a mobile phone that works just fine. But I think it must have something to do with the “cool factor” of owning one. Let’s face it, there isn’t a lot of cool going on in the mobile handset area. You can take mobile phones from LG, Samsung , Motorola and Nokia, mix them all up together and you won’t even come close to an iPhone. And I’m certainly not going to pimp up my phone with a silly Hello Kitty diamond studded face plate either.
I think all the hype and PR around the iPhone is justified. It’s sleek, beautiful, Apple branded, extremely functional, very swish and yes, it has earned the right to being uber-cool.