Let’s face it – Technology has dramatically revolutionize the world ever since I was brought to Earth over 2 decades ago.
Back in 2000, you’re considered fortunate if you own a Desktop with Internet. Fast forward 10 years, you’re a lucky bastard if you own every single latest gadgets in town. iPhone, iPad, iMac, iRich, whatever you name it. iJealous.
Recently, a quick conversation I had inspired me to write this – Why don’t I get a smartphone? It’s the trend now!
Well, for the uninitiated, yours truly has never ever own a smartphone in his entire life…
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m smartphone-less. Not even a tablet, which I’m sure majority of you reading this already own. You guys are so lucky.
But frankly, deep down my beating heart, I always yearn to own one – perhaps an iPhone or a BlackBerry. If any Tom, Dick and Harry can own one, why can’t I?
Even any Jane, Mary and Yolanda own smartphones nowadays.
It’s not because I can’t afford one, not because I think they are overrated and definitely not because I’m outdated. The problem is, I don’t see the need of having one. I resist the temptation.
To me, owning a smartphone is definitely a “want” more than a “need”. If you can make calls and send text messages, that’s certainly all you need.
After giving it a good thought, I’m now prepared to list down the reasons why I don’t own a smartphone. Here are 10 reasons why…
1) Internet at home and at work.
Having a smartphone (obviously with data plan, and extra charges) allows you to access the Internet anywhere anytime. It has great portability and is convenient to go online with one small gadget.
But I already have Internet access at home and at my workplace. I can Facebook and Twitter on my laptop instead.
2) Been living without a smartphone.
Yes, as stated earlier, I’ve been without a smartphone throughout my entire life. If I can survive up till today, I see no reason why I can continue doing so.
Those were the days we use the landline telephone to make casual calls. Nostalgic.
3) Unnecessary to online on-the-go, only with free wifi.
Despite the urge to go on the Internet whenever I spot a “Free Wifi” sign, it’s not a must-do thing. I can live offline for a bit.
4) Tweet via SMS.
Twitter is an innovative start up, with just 140 characters you can share anything easily. With a smartphone, you have all its functions. But since I’m using GladlyCast, I can tweet via SMS – can’t check @mentions, @replies and DMs though. Nevertheless, that’s sufficient for me.
5) Unnecessary to share photos and videos on-the-go.
Certain people love to share every single thing about their life’s happenings. Even the unnecessary ones. They share photos, videos via social networking sites almost anytime and anywhere.
Well since there’s nothing much to shout about my personal life, I don’t see it as a need to frequently share stuff on-the-go. But it’ll be a cool for a famous blogger like me.
6) Unnecessary to check-in at places I’m at.
I visit, I do stuff, I leave. If I check-in and expose my exact location, I’ll get kidnapped.
Or… it’s just so inappropriate to share it.
7) Expensive and a monthly commitment.
Honestly, I seldom make long calls and SMS often – in fact, I don’t even spend over RM30 a month! If I were to subscribe for a data plan, my monthly phone bills could shoot over RM100 – that’s 3x the usual.
[Kiamsap Mode] If I take the plunge, it’ll be RM1200 on phone bills a year, instead of cheap RM360. I can literally save RM800+ a year. So much savings you know! [/Kiamsap Mode]
8) Too precious and must be properly taken care.
Taking care of a smartphone is costly. Screen protectors and phone cases don’t come cheap. Also, it’s a target for snatch thieves. “Once gone, you have to buy everything, again.” – Quote by Ken Wooi.
Hence, I don’t have to worry much since mine’s a lousy cheap phone.
9) Telco companies not generous enough.
They don’t sponsor a famous blogger someone like me. I would gladly be a telco company ambassador. You know, I’ve been a loyal Maxis user for 8 years already. So loyal, should get rewarded or something right?
But… dream on, Ken.
10) I’m the special one.
I don’t need a smartphone like everyone else and that makes me the special one. I’m like the Mourinho of the smartphone world.
I don’t like to talk about smartphones, the more I talk about it, the more expensive they get.
So yeah, despite my strong interest (I don’t deny it) of owning a smartphone one day – I have every reason to say “No” and stay loyal to my dumbphone.
Err… but… dad, I just wrote and published a blog post about me not owning a smartphone.
And, I shall keep my word…
Yes, no! No!
I don’t need a smartphone, I’m already smart after all. #indenial