Thank you to everyone who offered suggestions to help me solve my smartphone issues.
I purchased my HTC Tilt from AT&T, with a data plan, 450 minutes/month and my very first Bluetooth. Overall, I could not be happier.
I will say that having a smartphone does complicate some areas of my life. With my old phone, it would take 2 seconds to make a phone call or whip out a text message. No matter how quickly I learn how to type on my full keyboard, or how many shortcuts I find to making a phone call, it just takes longer on this phone. Additionally, it took a while to figure out where certain, simple features were Ã¢â‚¬â€œ like the alarm clock and calculator.
All of that being said, I could not love my phone more. The time I spend with my phone has tripled, easily. I used to think it was obnoxious that people spent so much time hovering over their mobile screen, but now I know why! I wrote part of a final paper while sitting on a bus to a museum; I watch a lot of mobile video Ã¢â‚¬â€œ mostly CNN updates; I wake up and check the weather, my e-mails, news and Facebook without leaving bed. I feel like petitioning to every major company to create mobile websites!
My media consumption behaviors have changed markedly, and have affected other areas of my day. I do not spend as much time at my computer, online. This was my major source of news, weather, and e-mails but I am generally up to date in each of these areas, so there isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t as much urgency to get to a computer whenever I have free time.
I also donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to catch the news between classes on TV screens throughout campus; I usually have read the news on my phone already. Some areas have not changed as much. I still listen to my iPod because I have not downloaded any songs to my phone, yet. I still spend hours at my computer every night writing, because it is just easier to type out papers on a laptop keyboard.
My new smartphone has integrated itself seamlessly into my daily life and I am sure time
will solve the problems I have had with the Tilt so far.