Ten years ago I was a clueless college kid strutting around with my silver Motorola RAZR, convinced it was the pinnacle of technological advancements. It let me text, call, and take freaking photos, everything I'd ever possibly need to do with my phone. I mean, what else was there?!
Here I am a decade later, a veteran of four different smartphones, and capable of doing pretty much everything short of teleporting to the moon via a mini computer in my pocket. And don't get me wrong, I love my iPhone -- it goes with me literally everywhere, and I break out in a cold sweat if I ever dare leave home without it -- but just because I can check my email anytime, anywhere doesn't mean I should feel on-call 24/7. I'm ready for a break.
As it just so happens, the answer to my present conundrum might just be that flip phone from a past life. What's old is new, what's out is in (kids these days, am I right?), and flip phones are having a moment -- even Rihanna uses one! Motorola released a nostalgia-laden teaser video a few weeks back, setting off rumors that an Android revamp of the old-school RAZR will be revealed today at Lenovo Tech World. Whether it's true or not, it got me thinking -- maybe a flip phone would be the perfect iPhone substitute. As for my blessed iPhone, what if I treated it like something else entirely?