I remember many years ago a phone was a phone, you could text people, you could call people and if you were lucky you could play Snake on your phone too. Jump forward 15 years and we have a totally different world and totally different phones. My outlook on phones has changed somewhat along the way as well.
So back to the title, “What have I become?”, well here I sit typing this out at 16.58 on Tuesday the 4th of December. Two whole minutes before the Nexus 4 purchasing circus starts again in the UK and I’m majorly confused.
Yes, I didn’t know whether or not to try and buy an LG Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store. My brain wasn’t functioning properly, I like many others no doubt got caught up in the excitement of a bargain and the excitement of the fact you might not be allowed one either. Every time a new phone comes out part of me goes to great lengths to explain to myself why I should have this latest phone. Sometimes I even write myself a pros and cons list and then argue with myself over the finer points.
This time with the Nexus 4 the voices in my head were a lot louder, this time someone inside me was screaming “buy it, buy it”, this time I felt that I would be shunned if I didn’t have a Nexus 4, this time I felt a feeling of dread coming from my wallet area, this time the voice of reason sounded different to all of the other times and worst of all this time I was a little scared at what was going on inside my head.
During my little epiphany at about 17.10 on the 4th of December I realised that I had a problem, a phone buying addiction. As to how I am going to cure myself I’m really not sure. The last year or so I have progressively got worse. I’m now on a two – three month phone cycle. God help me when the HTC Deluxe or the Samsung Galaxy S4 arrive on our shores. I guess I just need to go and stack shelves somewhere and not write for a tech blog.
Luckily in the end I emptied my basket and decided to keep my current phones. When I say current phones, I recently bought an HTC 8X and a Samsung Galaxy Note II so I’m not lagging behind in capabilities.
So what about you people? Our readers, do you struggle to resist the constant flow of new phones? Do you buy and sell stuff like there is no tomorrow? Have you bought two or more top end phones in the last month and feel the need to get another?
If you said yes to any of those questions then stand up proudly in a crowded area and repeat after me.
“Hello, my name is [insert your name] and I have a problem”.