Every year, normally at the beginning, I splurge on some tech. This happened since 2009/2010. It’s normally not a massive splurge but a splurge no less. I rarely buy things for myself outside of extra food, cell phone bill, gas, etc. Money is something I worked hard for and I don’t like wasting it. Giving tithes is even a challenge, but that’s something I want to work on.
With that said, this week I spent my yearly splurge on a new phone. Up to now, I had this very basic phone for a couple of years. it’s fine, it does what it’s designed to do, calling and texting. But for the longest time, I had my eyes on a smartphone. To some people, it seems pretty crazy. Man, you don’t have a smartphone!? What’s up with that?! That’s weird. And to them, I said, I don’t need one. And, to be honest, I don’t. I wanted one, but need is another thing. In fact, buyer’s remorse kicked in the day after it was bought.
Why did I buy something so unnecessary? Sure, it has a camera that you’ve been dying for and apps that you’d love but really, there’s no need for it.
In fact, I got a phone with a horrible deal which only strengthens the buyer’s remorse. I saved $100 dollars on the phone, but come to find out the data plan is fixed to 500mb (double it for 5$ more) for 30 days which means monitoring is crucial. The other deal I found had 3gb for the same data price but the phone would be $250 extra and at that price, I would’ve gotten a newer phone. I just CANNOT for the life of me justify spending $400-$600 [including accessories] on a frikkin’ phone*.
So I am stuck.
Maybe I’m being spoiled and ungrateful and I hope my heart changes because underneath it all I’m really excited about this phone. I can finally, finally take pictures of moments that I want to capture. I can use Instagram and Pandora without looking like a tool. Taking pictures and carrying around an iPad everywhere just looks stupid. I can use “Couch to 5k” the running app and different other apps. I can finally check email and go online without needing a magnifying glass for the 2-inch screen on the old phone.
My mind might change once I’ve used it.
Update: I’ve had a little bit of time to play with this. I like it. I was being spoiled and scared thanks to bad reviews. But so far this phone is pretty sweet. And the plan was different than advertised. It is 1GB. But I’m still watching it like s hawk.
I got a case and so that’s even better.