consumer whore cami finds time to pout

2 years ago on Christmas eve there was a little box waiting under the tree for me.  It was rectangular and a little heavy and I was very excited as I gazed at the little box.

Mine mine mine.

I was watching K open her Christmas eve present when suddenly the little box that had been under the tree was placed in my hands and Mike told me to open it.

“No, I’ll wait til tomorrow honey”

He insisted that I open it.  I shook my head.  He insisted more.  I giggled expectantly because I had a pretty good idea what was in the box.  I really wanted to wait until the next morning but I could tell Mike needed me to accept the gift then and there so I opened the box to find my brand new pretty pretty iPhone.  It was love at first touch.

Although my little phone buddy and I have had a few issues here and there (the speaker shutting down for a whole day only to right itself when I violently shoved the headphone jack in a few times) or the several times that it went on a buzz spree and had to be shut down entirely.  Then there’s the new halfhearted sputtering buzz feature.  Mike blames that on the invention of push notification and playing games with my friends.  And getting emails.  And using my phone too much.

If his grandmother was still alive she would tell me that I’ve worn it out.

There was also the matter of it getting so hot on Sunday morning that it burned my wee little hand.  Burned may have been a bit of an exaggeration but it was really hot.  Unpleasantly so.  It was all fixed by turning the phone off and back on.

And then there was this morning when my iPhone informed me that it didn’t contain a sim card.

Allow me a moment of geek embarrassment:  I never contemplated that my iPhone had a sim card in it because unlike my old phones I didn’t have to put one in and I couldn’t take one out.  I’m not a crack open the iPhone and peek inside kind of girl.

“GAH!” I shouted at my phone as I was rushing to get out the door this morning.  While still in the rubberized case I oh so gently (lie) tapped it on the table…  I shut it off, turned it back on and all is once again well in the world of my iPhone.

For now.

I was really miffed about all the problems I’ve encountered with my phone in the last few months, but when I really gave it some thought…  why am I so surprised?

Nope, this isn’t where I say anything bad about apple products…  It’s when I tell you a truth about me:  I’m notoriously tough on gadgets, particularly phones.  My last several phones lasted less than a year.  I take my phone everywhere with me, stick it in the back pocket of tight jeans, zip it into my boots for easy access or throw it in my purse.  I check my email and tweet from it just as frequently as I do on my laptop. I play games on it, listen to podcasts on it, tuck it into the waistband of my yoga pants and listen to music while I work out.  I read blogs, keep track of my schedule, use it as an alarm clock, and even let my kid play games and watch videos to keep her entertained while we’re out and about.

I’ve dropped it more times than I can count.  It once fell out of a friend’s car and was left in a wet leaf strewn gutter for hours before I went out to check the car for it and stepped on it as I opened the passenger door.  I’ve left it in bathrooms, on the edge of sinks, used it to keep me entertained on long nights when I just couldn’t sleep and eventually fell asleep with it in hand only to recover it from my tangle of sheets and limbs in the morning.

Instead of being irritated that the dear thing seems to be on its last legs, shouldn’t I be in awe of it’s stamina and durability?  Really, after 2 years of heavy use my phone is still working and in one solid unscathed piece.

When my dear darling little phone finally gives up the ghost, I’ll have no qualms about getting a brand new shiny iPhone.  Yes there are so many more comparable phones available than there were when I first got my phone, but I think this one is still the phone for me.

Now if only it can survive a little bit longer, I’m a too busy to go around replacing devices right now.

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8 thoughts on “consumer whore cami finds time to pout

  1. Brian Enigma says:

    My current iPhone has been with me about a year and a half. This Sunday [monster truck announcer guy: SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY!], I’m getting a shiny new one because AT&T says my contract has finally reached the point that a new phone isn’t going to cost an extra $200 — and I feel like I really need the faster, bigger, latest iPhone. Plus, I’ll be able to see what all this augmented-reality iPhone app stuff is about.

    On the one hand, I hope your phone lasts a bit longer. Upgrading is only fun when you have the time to do so. On the other, it sounds like you deserve a newer, less broken, phone. And hey, when upgrading, the old iPhone effectively becomes an iPod Touch, right? So as extra justification for getting a new iPhone, you can let your daughter play with the old one!

  2. NanaKaos says:

    We are grateful for our training wheel ipods, but won’t be able to get the real thing until ATT covers our area. We haven’t checked lately, but we still have a year left with out carrier. But the ipod touch sure let us know what we have been missing. If we ever get to replace our service K can have one of ours, if she can wait that long.

  3. Sybil Law says:

    Whatever! You are so angling for a new phone.
    And it looks like I won’t have to try and send Mr. Kaos a secret email about a good gift for you. :P

  4. Angel says:

    Your phone sounds like mine… all of mine! They work REALLY hard when they’re in my grubby paws and they also usually start to pack in within a year!

  5. landismom says:

    Yeah, my first gen iPhone has been a little squidgy lately–more crashing, weird ringing & not being able to answer–and I’ve been considering whether it’s time to replace it with a new one, when my contract’s up in March. I’d really like to hang on till June, ’cause I think a new version is coming out then.

    But like you, I’m not considering getting another phone. I practically live on this thing. I don’t have a work phone–all I have is a cell–even when I’m in the office, I do 95% of my calls on this phone, plus all the email reading, game-playing, calorie-tracking, and kid-attention-sucking that I need on a daily basis. It’s no wonder the phone is tired!

  6. Bill says:

    You know, this post is downright hilarious to me; it’s eerie just how similar you and @Gaarbacca are when it comes to your phones!

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