I have a Samsung flip phone and a
5th generation iPod Touch. The iPod can fill all of the roles listed
above, except for being a GPS device, since Apple does not put a GPS
chip in any of it's wi-fi only devices.
iPod Touch I got (for around $250) is the 32 GB model, so it has plenty
of room for offline storage of music. Even with all of the apps I want,
I have about 20 GB worth of music on my device at any given time. It
also runs all of the iOS apps I had on my iPhone previously. It also
works with iMessage, so I don't have to worry about any old iMessage
contacts not being able to reach me.
fact, I restored a back up of my iPhone 5 to my iPod Touch and all of
my accounts, the icon arrangement, settings and even my background were all
automatically restored. It was an extremely painless transition that
only took about 2 hours total.
The flip phone has been, well, a phone. It doesn't do much more than that.
how has it been using these two devices? Not bad. There have been a few
times when I wished I had a smartphone (more on that in a moment), all
of which revolved around my lack of a constant internet connection, but
it's definitely been worth it.
biggest issue was that I was dropping someone off at their home, right
next to the movie theater. I wanted to see if there was anything
starting soon, since I was in the area anyway and had time to kill. I
had to drive the five minutes to the movie theater to check the times on
their billboard instead of simply looking them up on my phone. It was a
minor inconvenience but since I ended up seeing a movie at the theater,
it wasn't like I had gone out of the way.
typifies the biggest thing I encountered since leaving the smartphone
world. I'm so used to having that constant connection to the internet,
that I don't plan ahead. Next time, I can just check the showtimes in
the paper or online before I leave home. It's a habit that may
be hard to break, since I've had eight years to become accustomed to my
leaving behind this constant internet connection really hasn't caused
much of a problem, and it's actually been eased in recent
months by iOS 7. Since the newest version of iOS 7 allows background
processing for apps, they can be working when I'm at home, caching data
I'm already a
heavy user of Instapaper and Pocket, but now I don't even have to think
about manually refreshing all of my offline articles before I leave the
house. They're automatically saved and waiting for me when I open the
app. No more manually fetching required. The same goes for podcasts.
Each morning when I wake up, Downcast has already downloaded the latest
podcasts for me.
found several good "offline" apps. I have a great Wikipedia app that has
the entire English-language version of the site saved on my iPod Touch
(sometimes when I get bored in lines, I like to browse Wikipedia).
the question is: Was it worth it to switch away from my smartphone? I
think so. It hasn't been nearly as painful as I thought it would be.
I've adjusted to life without a smartphone a lot quicker and more easily
than I thought I would.
certainly not for everyone, but it's a good way to end up with a little
more cash in my pocket each month. Maybe in a few months I'll
reconsider my options and see if I want to switch back to a
smartphone...but for now, I'm content to stick with my flip phone.