My cell phones

Wired published a slideshow today called The 12 Cellphones that Changed our World Forever. Reading it is making me feel pretty nostalgic, because my current phone, a Motorola Droid X, broke a little bit today.  Not much -- it's just the home button stopped working, though I can get it to work if I fiddle with it every time I want to press it.  (Update:  this doesn't work anymore.  Now, I just have to hit the back button till I get to the home screen.)  But since this month is the month that my contract is up for renewal, it seems like a good enough reason as any to hurry up and get a new phone.

My first phone, the Motorola RAZR, is number 8 in Wired's countdown.

Here's what they had to say about it:

The Razr was the first must-have phone. The thin flip phone was stylish and, if the commercials were to believed, would stick like a knife if dropped onto the floor.

While throwing the phone at walls like a knife was a bad idea, the Razr had a great four-year run, selling 130 million units. Is there any wonder why?

The Razr looked like it was straight out of the future. The numerical keyboard was cut from a single piece of metal. Its clamshell aluminum body and colored glass screen were gorgeous. And the damn thing worked like a charm. It was the last dumb phone that truly mattered.

Never mind that it also was the last Motorola phone that truly mattered.

That last line made me a little sad, because the phone I have now is a Motorola, but whatever.  It's not like I need the best phone in the world or anything.  (I totally do.  Give it to me.  Now.)

My next phone was a Samsung Alias, which I got because it had a full keyboard, and my partner at the time had convinced me to start texting.  (I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I was a late-adopter of texting.  But the keyboard made a huge difference.)

I really liked that phone, and had to get rid of it when something broke in the charging port, and the charger stopped working.  The battery died, and there was never a way to charge it again.  Unless, like, I bought a new battery.  But they cost about as much as a new phone, so:  nope.

By that point, I had become fairly addicted to having a phone.  I wrote a poem about how much it sucked, not having one.  (I'm not an awesome poet, but I think it was one of my better ones.)  So it was a huge relief when I got my next phone, the Droid X I have now.

The broken button is the second one in from the left.

Now, I'm looking at the Droid DNA as the phone I will most likely want next.  It's got the feature I've been most envious of lately -- a front-facing camera -- and looking over the features, there's an actual button in the web browser for switching between tabs.  I am probably disproportionately excited about that.

Some day, I hope I'll be able to have a tablet, a smartwatch, Google Glass, and an emergency backup smartphone on me at all times.  Plus whatever other cool, useful stuff comes out in the next few years. Right now, I'm really glad I get to have a smartphone, and I'm really excited that I'm probably going to have a new one, soon.

So, like, if anyone has any recommendations, or compelling reasons I shouldn't get the Droid DNA, or any other advice, really, at all, now would be a great time to comment.