I don't have a smart phone. And in today's society, that makes it almost entirely impossible to get by. However, I am severely attached to my little slide-keyboard phone that belongs to 2009, and while smart phones have become the norm these days, I never got that memo. To be more accurate, I did, and then I threw it in the trash.
I have a beef with the majority of American society, with regards to how much time people spend glued to their phones. You can't even go out to lunch with a friend without someone glancing at their phone and constantly texting, Googling or checking something. It leads me to feel secluded (as the only non-smart-phone-having member of the group), as well as just angry that people can be this self-centered. They don't mean to be, I'm sure, but that doesn't stop people from emailing and Facebooking at the drop of a hat any time, anywhere. I sit in front of computers for 8 hours a day at work, then go home and look at a computer some more in a vaguely horizontal position. Sometimes I want to get away from the Internet, not closer to it, and that's my primary motivator for not wanting a smart phone. (the other is the cost, but that's not as important to me as the simple act of disconnecting).
That said, I wanted some features of smart phones that I can't really get with my own precious angel of a telephone. The camera is dismal, and I wanted to be able to take mobile photos. Some apps are helpful (MyFitnessPal, Zombies, Run!, etc), and it's good to be able to keep up with the current trends in mobile gaming. So what was someone who needed these things but didn't want to fork over the money for a smart phone going to do? The next best thing.
|I am 99% sure this is what's inside my Otterbox|
What I can tell you, though, is that for its ~$100 price tag (thanks, refurbished iPod on eBay!), I get all of the benefits of a smart phone without the monthly data plan cost. There are occasions where there is no Wi-Fi around and I can't always access my email or the Internet, but we're in a society that is becoming increasingly, constantly mobile, so the odds are with you that you're either at a Wi-Fi hotspot or mere feet or a building away from one. (The entire downtown of the city where I live has a built-in Wi-Fi. I'd never heard of an entire city block having Wi-Fi until I found this out - unreal!) It cannot, of course, place phone calls, but it has a built-in microphone and between FaceTime and the Skype apps, as well as bunch of third-party creations designed to make "phone calls," you can probably get away with it as long as you're around a Wi-Fi signal.
A lot of people might still want their smart phones, and I understand their impetus. You can't always rely on Wi-Fi signals, and some people just sleep better with their email available at the flick of a finger, anywhere, any way. But what I can tell you is that if you're looking for a cost-effective alternative to a smart phone that still has all the benefits of one, look no further than an iPod Touch for your mobile computing needs.