Technolust

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I am going through a serious case of technolust right now. You know how you look at your cell phone and you’re just over it? You go to Best Buy and see all the new joints and you hold them and caress them and think about getting a second job so you can cop it?

Okay, maybe that’s just me.

Every once in a while, I get this intense want-it-now feeling about gadgets. Here’s what I want:

wii

It’s the one gadget that everyone in my house wants. TG is the oldest grandchild with not two but three sets of grandparents, including my parents. So she’s a spoiled brat with every game console known to man. But it’s a pain to transport them back and forth from her mom’s house to our house. So our house is game-free. This is the only joint she doesn’t have–and she’s salivating. I want it to so that I can buy some Wii Fit games. That’s the only thing stopping me from getting my bikini-body back. [Insert eye-roll here]

Also, my 12 year old nephew lives a half-mile away and he wanders over to see TH at least three times a day every Saturday. They’d both love it.

I need a Wii in my life! I have no idea how much these things cost. Five hundred? How much are the games? No clue. I just know I want one.

But alas. TH and I have enacted a super tight budget. We get 150.00 per month on the first of each month. We’d both have to forgo everything for more than a month in order to cop this. It ain’t gonna happen.

Sigh.

I also want to upgrade my phone in the worst way.

I’ve had this joint for about two years now….

blackberry_8800

It’s totally fine. Gets the job done. But since I’ve started blogging, it’s fallen short. First, it has no camera. Which drives me crazy. Remember when I did Blogorama? I had to take my digital camera. And everytime I posted, I had to download the pictures into my laptop, download them, resize them if necessary and then insert into the post. Yuck! If I had a phone with a camera, I’d blog even more. And I’d Tweet more if I could upload pics directly from my phone.

And I also don’t feel like I get the most out of my Internet browser. Takes forever for pages to load, the screen is small. There’s no GPS. And I can’t get a lot of those apps that I hear about with that you-know-what phone:

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Cue O Fortuna here. Because that’s what I heard in my head when the Iphone was first introduced. I was locked into a new contract with Sprint at the time so it was out of the question for me. TH copped it. And I was so jealous. When he charged it at night, I would pick it up and just hold it. So cool. So sleek. So smooth.

What I love most about the I-phone is that you can watch video on it. My Blackberry does not allow me to watch YouTube or any other video content. Boo! I also love love love the camera on the i-phone. Tons of pictures right here on this blog came from TH’s trusty I-phone.

He’s got Pandora on there! He can listen to the radio on his phone. So not fair. Not fair at all.

The one thing I don’t like is the touch screen typing. I’m a BlackBerry thumb-pro. I stink at manipulating the touch screen. People say you get used to it. But I’m not sure I would.

My contract with Sprint is up in November. If I got a line added on to TH’s plan, we’d save quite a bit of money each month. Having an added line on his plan would only be 9.99 a month! And then, I’d have to get a new phone….

Last but not least, this gadget makes me want to knock someone over in the street and do a snatch and grab when I see ’em.

kindle2

It’s the new Amazon Kindle II.

You can read newspapers on it. And books–thousands and thousands of books. And I want it.

I mentioned it on Twitter and someone said that they loved the feel of paper too much to get into the Kindle.

I love paper too. And I love the feel of a weighty book in my hands.

The Kindle would just be an extension of my book life. It wouldn’t replace it. I’d still buy hardcovers, (or rather, borrow from the library). And of course, when my own novel is published, I’ll be a hot crying mess when I see its finished form in my hands.

But I love the idea of reading the paper on the Kindle. I can’t read the New York Times online. I just never got into it. But I also hate newsprint. And reading a newspaper on the train is a pain.

When I’m traveling, my books weigh down my luggage more than my shoes. (Seriously, a few weeks ago I went to Florida for the weekend. I had to pare down my shoes to just two pair so I could fit in more books.)

With a Kindle, I could transport books so much easier.

And one day, if they find a way to borrow digital versions of books in libraries, it would be so awesome to not have to trek the library to pick up and return hardcovers.

On the flight to Florida, I was sitting next to a woman who was reading a novel on The Kindle. I found myself casing her. She was at least 10 years older than me. If I snatched it and dashed off the plane, would she be able to catch me? Probably not.

Okay, so I wouldn’t really Kindle-jack someone. But my eyes were Badu-green with envy as I saw her flicking the pages with her pointer finger. Meanwhile, my ink-stained fingers were thumbing through a newspaper, with a bulging tote bag full of books at my feet.

But then. The plane prepared for takeoff. And they made the announcement that all electronic devices had to be turned off. Home girl next to me kept flicking through her novel. The flight attended came over.

“You have to turn that off,” she said, pointing to the Kindle.

“Oh,” the woman said. She made a face, sighed. And turned it off.

Thirty minutes later, we still hadn’t taken off. I was deep in my book, loving it. And home girl was sitting there, staring at the seat in front of her, throwing a longing look at my stack of magazines. I offered her one of my wrinkled, dog-eared tabloids.  And she happily accepted.

dear readers: Should we throw our budget to the wind and get a Wii? Do you have one? Do you love it? What about the i-phone? Should I get that when my contract is up? Or is there a Blackberry out there that suits my new needs? And does anyone have a Kindle. Is it the most awesomest thing ever?

I’d love to hear from you…

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14 Responses to “Technolust”

  1. jay1 Says:

    i seriously recommend the wii. especially if you have kids. get the wii and i swear, the wii fit.

    the wii fit might be the greatest invention of the last 5 years. it’s easily the best videogame/home entertainment advancement ever.

  2. jay1 Says:

    also, speaking of the kindle, i know someone who has made her blog available on the kindle. i didn’t even know you could do that, and thats really cool.

  3. Alisha Says:

    I just bought a house and I SO want to have a Wii housewarming party. The only catch is, I’d much rather wait for gift cards, etc. to buy it afterwards. It’s tacky, but it’s true. If I have enough “mad money” left over, I’m definitely buying it.

  4. J Says:

    I played the Wii for the first time this weekend and I fell in love. I am currently trying to figure out how I can get someone to buy one for me as a housewarming gift, haha! My lust for the Kindle is off the charts. I’ve been waiting for them to work out the kinks though. Might be a birthday present to myself this year.

  5. Gene Says:

    I hear the Wii is pretty sweet, but I am more into the sports games and DVD features of the PS3, so that is the machine I am craving right now. Im also ready for a new phone, but Im not falling for the i-phone hype. And I want to stay with my current carrier too. I’m gonna keep rollin with the blackberry line.

  6. Luvvie Says:

    I have the Blackberry Curve 8330 and it has a great camera. Plus it allows me to watch vids. I don’t b/c I dont wanna squint to see every person on the vid. So yeah new Blackberries have all your needs.

    And the Kindle has me in intense longing. The book nerd in me NEEDS it in my life. Reason I haven’t read much this yeah is b/c with all the stuff I carry in my bag, an extra book has no room. Laptop took that room. Blame the MacBook

  7. spamwarrior Says:

    That’s a nice iPhone… oh btw, I got a new laptop for college! 17 inch macbook pro! With all the features! And a free iPhone to go with it!

    *torturing aliyasking*

    I don’t have a wii, don’t want one, but I like to play with it at people’s houses.

  8. Wayne Abbott Says:

    The Kindle II doesn’t have a color screen. Nonetheless if reading is your thing the screen is very easy on the eyes. My wife has one and she has been very happy with it. It’s non-reading functions like browser and mp3 player need work but hopefully those features will get better over time.

  9. Tanisha Says:

    I want a Kindle. I wish I were still a kid so I could put it on my Christmas list. I’ll get it though. I love a good bokk or newspaper to read, but to save myself from lugging around the weight of those items, a Kindle would be ideal.
    I’m not really a video game person but I have played baseball on the Wii and had so much fun!

  10. Erica Says:

    As for your phone, you may want to check out the Palm Pre. It’s exclusively for Sprint. It comes out Saturday, but you can pre-order now. It is supposed to rival the iPhone. The one thing I really like about it is it’s touch screen, but it also has a querty tactical keyboard. I have naturally long nails, so the touch screens don’t work well for me, so this is a great alternative. Plus, I hear it can do just as much, if not more than the iPhone. And the iPhone cannot be insured, which I find to be a huge problem after knowing a few people that had to pay $200+ to get their phones fixed or replaced.

    Here is a video demonstrating it’s features:

  11. Crystalicious Says:

    FYI..There is a Kindle app for the iPhone and it’s awesome!

    Just sayin’.

    :-)

  12. Yolonda Says:

    I copped the Wii after talking with a 55 year old woman for two hours about it. She LOVED it. I have NEVER been into video games but this is SO MUCH MORE interactive. It is costly though. The Wii fit & console run about $300 and games are anywhere from $25 to $60. I would suggest going to your nearest GameStop. They have used consoles, games, accessories at cheap prices, however, they sell out fast.

    Like you, I LOVE the Iphone. I want one but I am so hesitant to purchase because the service plan is a minimum $200 (including taxes)…OUCH. I am considering the Plan Pre (since I have Sprint too). Thanks Erica for the video.

    As far as the Kindle goes, I am a paper-in-hand gal but think it will be the next new age ECO-friendly way to read books, magazines and newspapers. It looks like a great purchase. I may try to invest in one for my birthday or Christmas.

  13. SoSoulfull Says:

    This whole post had me salivating. I’m right there with craving the iPhone, Kindle and Wii, but my other hot gadget of choice is the mini netbooks that every company is offering now. I got my eye on the one from Dell, but truthfully, I don’t need it. My computer count is topping 5 right now (yes, I’m that kinda techie), but I justify this new Dell by saying it’s easier to travel with – so sad.. lol.. computers are like shoes to me, you can never have enough of ’em.

  14. Honey Walrond Says:

    There is 2 phones I own and currently love, the i-Phone and the Blackberry. If I had to choose one I would choose the i-Phone (which is what I am currently using. Mines is unlocked.) Even though the i-phone is missing some things every phone should have like cut & paste and MMS, I love the phone for it’s sleekness, having my songs / i-Pod in one device, and very easy to operate. It did take time getting used to the touch screen keyboard, but after while I got the hang of it.

    I love the idea of the kindle. Being able to carry 200 books in my pocket. I feel nothing could ever replace the feeling, and smell of holding an actual book though.

    I agree with SoSoulfull, I’m considering one of the new Dell Netbooks. They look sweet.

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