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.