… have the watch, but it’s been the perfect device for our needs since she started school last fall. I’ve been looking at the Light Phone II — a “dumb” 4G phone that seems too good to be true. It’s beautifully designed, non-addictive, and smart in its own Zen way. It’s not available yet, but…
I love the slogan of “going light.” Due to an unfortunate accident between one of our teenagers and a toilet, we had to play the phone-swap game and I got my first upgrade in 3 years. Other than age, my phones usually stay in relatively new-like condition, “hermetically sealed” in their phone case from day one. Otherwise, I’ll notice my battery starting to degrade or a lag in things opening. There was a time, not all that long ago, when I didn’t care about what phone I had; the brand, the battery life, etc. I just wanted to be able to talk and text and sometimes check email. Then, I got my hands on a hand-me-down iPad and my lackluster enthusiasm for technology flamed to into white-hot interest. Mostly this was because having an iPad made my day to day job easier.
Flash forward a few years and a few thousand dollars later, I would love to go simple and dial things back to a time when you just had basic talk and text, an alarm clock, and not much else on the device. You know, when it was more like a phone and less like a really expensive computer in your pocket. I have acquaintances, friends, people I have dated, maybe one of my kids who are notoriously awful about picking up just to tell me they are too busy to talk — or who answer their phone while we’re out having a meal and trying to catch up … I hate that. Don’t answer the phone. Most of the time, whoever is calling can wait and you can call them back later when you have the time. And it is nice sometimes to not have all of those colorful apps and Insta and YT-stars vying for your attention.