When having a smartphone isn’t so smart

English: use of cellphones (mobile phone)is pr...

I was at a friend’s house last night and decided to stay over after consuming a wee too much whisky. The plan was to get up early in the morning, drive home, shower, change and leave for work.

Truth be told, I do this… far too often. But that’s another story.

Setting the alarm for 5 AM on my Smartphone (which was my first, only having got it a month or so ago), I went to bed in the guest room, a little worse for wear. But some time during the night, my smart phone battery died. Needless to say, I did not get up at the intended hour… and that’s why Smartphones are not so smart.

Yeah, yeah, I hear you say, you did not check that the battery was charged adequately. Actually I did, groggy as I was. The battery indicator indicated, or seemed to indicate that it was at half strength at least.

This is the problem with Smartphones. The battery dies all to quickly. And it is never consistent. Sometimes it lasts longer than at other times. I know it has something to do with all those smart apps that’s running. But only recently I deleted one email account and some apps, but it did not make any difference.

These mobile phones need to be charged at least once a day. That’s goddamn annoying!

And so today I found out that Nokia is putting out a  mobile phone whose battery life runs to 38 days. Freakin’ awesome! Only problem is the operating system is 14 years old and it will not run all these modern battery draining apps. I don;t know why they’re calling it the Dumbphone. To my mind most of these modern apps are pretty intrusive and useless, not to mention as annoying as the battery life on the cellphones that run them.

I most certainly could live without them. I did quite fine without smartphones for a long while, and I think having to go without charging the battery for more than a week, will be heaven.

Life’s too short to throw away scrutinizing apps, and yes, even texting for that matter.

Why I don’t tweet

Yesterday, a very dear friend of mine posted on Facebook that I am very opinionated, and so she would like to see me on Twitter.


Well, I do have an opinion on almost everything, so I guess I am opinionated, but hopefully amusingly so. However, here’s why I don’t think I could ever subscribe to Twitter:

  1. 140 characters are hardly enough to express oneself meaningfully. Yes, I like to waffle.
  2. Twitter encourages the texting of internet slang which has become all too pervasive, infecting even those who have been taught proper written language. I’m kinda anal about language and grammar.
  3. Tweets were meant to be composed on portable devices like cellular phones. I hate those things because I really struggle to type on them, whether they have keys or a touch interface. I don’t have fat fingers, just thin patience.
  4. Facebook is already one social network too many. Twitter would be like the third wheel.
  5. The Tweetosphere is already filled with too much noise. I really don’t care what you had for breakfast, nor do I suspect do you care that I’m stuck in traffic.
  6. The pressure to post something to keep your followers interested invariably leads to more noise. I already have that pressure with this blog, and don’t wish to add to it.

Off course I suppose there are benefits, but you can just as well drop me an email to let me know what they are…