I don't know what I'm missing because I have never had a smartphone.
I had a silly phone, a portable device that cost
One day a gigantic ball of chargers could replace a two-story ball of twine as a tourist attraction.
The reason for not having a smartphone started as something of a gimmick for the occasional column and has grown into a stand against unnecessary excess.
Check it out, the chief selling points for smartphones are things that could be done better in person, breaking off a romantic engagement, for example.
Good gadgets: What would I do if danger presented itself on the open road?
It's true, many of the chief reasons for owning a vehicle have little to do with actual motoring -- SiriusXM satellite radio and
You buy minutes and punch a button and recite a number; it's that simple. I just bought 300 minutes for 10 bucks.
You can also get turn-by-turn directions and report trouble or mayhem.
What would I do if I was out somewhere and saw something that needed to be documented?
Well, I have a camera.
I also have a laptop and have ready access to all the important stuff like what's trending now:
I'm not a deep-woods kind of guy. As far as breaking news goes, I'm seldom far from an Internet connection, or from somebody who could tell me what headline is on the first screen up at the moment, like this one: News Anchor Has Makeup Malfunction.
Capabilities: I can copy, scan, pan, surveil, record, deposit, forward, edit, debit and doctor.
And I have with my own bare hands, and with only five calls to three different toll-free tech numbers, hooked a decent sound system to my TV.
So far as I can tell, what I am missing by not having a smartphone is the ability to walk or drive and gossip or misbehave.
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