I have a running list of things to do in my head, most days. It isn’t the usual go to the store and pick up milk, remember to feed the cats, switch the laundry over mental to-do list; rather, I’m always trying to remember — respond to that email you got last night, reply to the blog comment from this morning, fill out that form on a real computer.
Part of why I was excited to get an iPhone was how, theoretically, I would be so much more connected! I could get emails anywhere, read blogs, newspapers, and websites, check in on Facebook, have Twitter at my fingertips… except in real life, it turns out that doing some of those things on my phone is actually incredibly annoying.
Yes, I can read emails readily, but if I have more than three sentences to type in reply, I want to sit down at my computer where my words-per-minute are a heck of a lot more than what I can manage using my thumbs and a tiny touchscreen. I read blogs all the time while I’m mobile but I have a hard time commenting — logging into websites and entering email addresses takes twice as long and it’s horrible if you run into a CAPTCHA!
Sometimes I try to participate in Twitter chats on my iPhone and it can’t keep up with a rapidly refreshing hashtag and there I sit, waiting, staring at the screen, wondering why I don’t just go to a real computer.
So my iPhone promises me immediacy — check your email! tie into your work account! log into Songza from the top of a mountain! — but then I end up repeating all of those actions, sans mountaintop, at a desktop or laptop computer later… thus meaning that I do all of that stuff at least twice, when I could just sit down in front of a bigger screen and get it all over with at once.
The scariest thing to me is that the solution seems to be get a bigger mobile device. Like, maybe if I had an iPad or an iPad mini I could still do all that stuff on the road but the screen would be big enough for me to actually read. Netbooks seem to be going the way of the dinosaur leaving tablets on top and here I am, feeling like a senior citizen who just wants a damn phone that makes sense.
Am I the only technology curmudgeon out there? Sometimes I want to install a signal jammer in my house.