Two months ago I reached out to you all (or ya’ll from down here in parts of Florida), my readers, and asked the question should I get a smartphone? I later followed up with the fact that I bought a smartphone and got a crazy deal on the Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket, getting a $150 phone for free and the $36 activation fee waived.
Am I Glad I Got a Smartphone?
After about a month and a half of owning my smartphone I am extremely happy I got it! My biggest concern was the smartphone data bill, a whole $30 a month. Thing is, I rarely buy things for myself and am definitely not a big spender so now that I’ve made the commitment I realize that it isn’t really that big of a deal at all. I could afford it multiple times over and if I find enough value in the smartphone it isn’t that big of a deal.
It is a good thing I could afford it multiple times over because I’m actually paying for two smartphone data plans! My girlfriend bought her smartphone about two weeks ago and is also enjoying her phone! I paid for a year of her smartphone data plan as an early present for Christmas, her birthday and our anniversary (it is pretty expensive at $360 a year). She loves her smartphone but I use mine a lot more than she uses hers.
Why I Love My Smartphone
The biggest advantage of having my smartphone is that I can fill in time I would otherwise be doing nothing with blogging activities! I spend a lot of time blogging, commenting and keeping up in general. I can now optimize my time by filling in the dead time with reading posts and commenting on other blogs. This is a huge plus for me.
I could use my phone to check the status a home security system while I’m waiting in line at the store or riding as a passenger in the car. I use my phone while waiting for others to show up for a meeting or while I wait for the doctor to catch up their schedule, because we all know they constantly run behind. I do pay for this convenience but the time I save is well worth it just by allowing me to keep up with my blog alone!
On top of that it allows me to stay connected with all of my friends with texting. I refuse to pay for texting and have downloaded a free app (text plus) that gives me a phone number and free texting! I love it and have been able to keep up with some friends who only communicate via text message.
Another great advantage of having a smartphone is comparison shopping and looking up reviews of products while I am at the store. Before I would go look at the store but put off the purchase because I had to do more research. Recently I was shopping for a trimmer (or weed wacker as I like to call it) and I was able to look up reviews on my phone and make a decision all while I was at Home Depot! More time (and gas money!) saved for the small price of $30 a month!
Smartphone Features I Haven’t Taken Advantage of Yet
The biggest feature I haven’t really used a lot yet is the camera. I thought I’d take more pictures (I have taken a few) but I haven’t really taken a ton yet. I have a feeling this will change when I go on a couple quick vacations later this year… at least it better.
Another feature I haven’t used at all yet is streaming music. I’m still adjusting to my smartphone data plan (3 GB of data) and want to make sure to not go over. In my first full month it appears I have used 1.5 GB of data so I think I can safely stream a little bit of music every day while at work if I find some time I need to relax a bit. I might even be able to sneak in a short video or two!
My Girlfriend and Her Smartphone
My girlfriend is just getting started with her new smartphone and really loves it. She is lucky because she has wi-fi at work. She uses much less data on her smartphone than I do. If it turns out that she consistently uses less data than the smallest plan available for her smartphone we’ll downgrade her to the cheaper plan. I’ll still pay the same total amount for her smartphone data plan, she’ll just have more months that she doesn’t have to pay for!
Based on my discussion do you think I made the right decision? Do you love your smartphone too? Am I missing out on a feature I should be using on my smartphone? Have I convinced you that it is worth it for you to make the plunge? Don’t do it if you can’t afford it, but if you are just being cheap and would use it a lot give it some serious thought. I’m glad I did!
I have followed this post up with another post you may enjoy, iPhone 5: How Cell Phone Companies Can Afford to Give You a $450 Discount.