Now, to be clear, I'm not arguing against the use of smartphones. I think they're incredibly useful, and have improved our quality of life far more than they've derailed it. But actually making a call on an iPhone is annoyingly tedious -- they're so much more convenient for scrolling through Instagram or getting weird on Snapchat, listening to music and podcasts on the train, or navigating through unfamiliar cities and neighborhoods. And could someone please explain to me what the point of an iPad is these days? It's bulky and redundant -- if you want to type up a Word doc or watch Netflix on the go, get a damn laptop.
If I had it my way, my iPhone would function as my de facto tablet -- a super-powerful device I keep stashed in my backpack that I'm not nervously checking 15 times an hour, or accidentally dropping on the sidewalk and shattering into 50 pieces. And in my pocket? A sturdy, sexy flip phone that keeps me connected and doesn't run out of battery in half a day.
If you take the good ole Motorola RAZR from the days of yore and throw in a dash of today's technological prowess, what do you get? A phone that does everything you need it to do -- call, text, and take great photos. If they can find a way to pack it with enough storage for some music or podcasts, or have it connect to the cloud, I'd be golden. I would not, however, be a slave to mobile email any longer, and rather than keep my nose down staring at a screen to check Instagram or Twitter every five minutes, I might actually notice the world around me a bit more.