Thoughts of a new mobile user.

I don’t really like mobile phones. I’ve put off getting a mobile for many varied reasons, but finally caved in last month and got one. OK, so now I still hate mobiles, but not as much as before. I got a ‘good’ instrument. It plays amazing music, with an interface that is almost as good as an iPod. The most I’ve used the phone so far is to play music. Don’t really talk that much as of yet. Messaging (short) is useful. Annoying at times, especially considering that almost nobody has my number yet, and I’m already getting promotional messages. And I don’t get why people forget the English language while writing a message. It’s not that hard to type out whole words from what I can tell. In fact, with the cool text input system my phone uses, it’s easier to write compete and valid English words. Writing abbreviations and the such means you’ll have to turn off the dictionary, or keep adding new words to it. I have a love/hate relationship with cameraphones. They’re just too annoying in hands of idiots, and can be incredibly useful when a sane person is using ’em. I keep taking some pictures, but am too lazy to connect the phone via USB and upload them. I don’t actually like speaking on a mobile phone. The quality’s pathetic, no matter what anyone says. Even under the best of conditions it is hard to understand what the other person is talking about. Talking while there’s a lot of ambient noise is nearly impossible. It’s not a problem with my instrument, it’s a problem with my hearing. I’m not good at picking out individual sounds outta a lot of white noise—never have been. Can barely follow a conversation if more than a couple of people are speaking. So I tend to avoid calling people up until I’m at a quiet place. Try as I might, even considering all their advantages, I still think mobiles are somewhat annoying. I use one, and enjoy it, but always seem to feel somehow let down. Maybe I’m just paranoid, but I don’t like to think that I’m ‘in touch’ all the time.

Comment (1)

  1. Vivek wrote::

    Your comment about people forgetting the English language when writing short mobile messages is a potent one. What most people feel is that it is important to keep the message short, and so compromise on grammer and the construct of words, but what they fail to realise is sooner or later, this brevity of spelling and grammer is going to transcend the boundary of the mobile device or the chatting window and enter their official modes of communication, wherein good English, the way it appears in the newspapers is valued.
    But then those who care to write are termed fools, obsolete souls, elitists with their heads in the clouds, sitting up high in their ivory towers. And those who don't, should they be crowned the new monarchs? A valid point.

    Tuesday, October 3, 2006 at 23:03 #