Monday, July 12, 2010

iPhone, youPhone

smartphone wars
last night, kath (blogger extraordinaire, and my friend, too!) announced she had ditched her iPhone for an HTC aria. the comments were passionate! some cheered her decision, while others actually admitted disappointment. are people so enamored with their particular phones that it saddens them when another person chooses a different one? i am both impressed and confused at this phenomenon.


that said, the iPhone sure is pretty.

the time has come for me to replace my RAZR (i know, don't laugh), which starts making the world's most annoying 'low battery' beep after just minutes of use. i'm eligible for a new phone with contract renewal through verizon, the only service i've ever used; alternatively, in september i could elect to switch to AT&T to get an iPhone.

normally, it's easy for me to make decisions like this -- while i may act all rational and left-brained when it comes to planning, i'm a gut-feeling type of decision maker (ESFJ, last time i checked!). but i don't know: every time i start thinking about getting a smartphone, i can't even decide why i even would want one in the first place! everyone who has one seems to love it, but why? what would the functionality be for me?

potential positives
i could have medically-useful software on there like uptodate or clin pharm so that i could look up medication dosage easily . . . but really what i need access to when i get outside calls is patient records, and i am pretty sure i can't pull those up on a mobile device due to security reasons

GPS . . . although i already have a unit in my car. while not quite as convenient, it gets the job done.

apps? the idea of using apps is enticing. except when i try to think of an app that would truly enhance my life, i come up with a blank. anyone who knows about an amazing app, convince me otherwise!

i could check email, facebook, and the like on my phone. there ARE times when i am fishing for some useful tidbit of info and it would be useful to be able to pull up my email or a web browser when i'm away from a computer.

potential negatives
another thing to get stolen in my bag

i could check email, facebook, and the like on my phone (ie: DISTRACTION!)

$$$ that i could otherwise be spending in other ways

i've heard bad things about dropped calls from AT&T and i've never had a problem with verizon.

hmmm. when i look at it like that, it doesn't sound like i really need (or even want?) a smartphone. but maybe i'm being naive?

if you have a smartphone (iphone or otherwise), what has been your experience? what do you truly find useful about it? i'd love to hear your thoughts.

my weekend on call
turned out pretty well! i did get woken up by a page from an outside ER at 4:37 AM this morning, but i honestly was drifting in and out of sleep by that point anyway so it wasn't a big deal. yesterday, josh and i drove out to raleigh to make a brief visit to our friends who just had a new baby!

bonus: i got to take my new straight semblant shorts (snagged on sale!) out for a spin.

hmmm, this shorts/shoes combo actually makes me legs look longer than 3 inches. boldfaced LIE, but i'll take it . . .

brand new dad shot!


baby caleb is less than a month old. he has beautiful skin!

josh tries his hand at various baby holds.


and i practice my burping skills. we don't usually get to do this in the clinic!


so cute, so soft, so NEW! we brought this little prepster-in-training the world's cutest outfit from babygap: jean jacket, striped polo onesie, plus a plaid button-down shirt that looked straight out of a j. crew catalog. LOVE shopping for baby clothes . . .

aaaaaand it's monday!
it will be busy, but hopefully a good day!

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7.11.10

workout: 6 miles on the TM, 0.5% incline, speeds 6.3 - 6.7 mph

scallops sensational: we had leftover jambalaya we could have eaten for dinner, but i had planned on making scallops and could not get that idea out of my mind!


i'm glad i went with my craving. the scallops with blackberry-chipotle sauce from the jul/aug clean eating hit the spot! josh felt the sauce was perhaps a little strong for the mild scallops, but i honestly loved it. served with couscous and salad with strawberries, blue cheese, and a drizzle of honey-mustard vinaigrette.

HP: it wasn't a great weekend for my resolution to get things together with my work projects! i plan on sitting down tonight and really laying things out . . .

15 comments:

Miranda said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I had a smart phone (it was a Microsoft phone from AT&T) for about 6 months and HATED it. It is so easy to get distracted and with too many apps, it was so slow. I'm back to just a basic phone, where I can still go online and check my email if I have to, but I love the simplicity!

Javagirl said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

You look great! Love Love Love the shoes, where are they from?

Stephanie S. said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I got my first smartphone, from Verizon, a couple of months ago. I was skeptical as well and really went back and forth before I took the leap. I do like it and use it, but I would still say I don't *need* it. It's a nice little luxury to have, though!

Marlow said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have a Blackberry Storm and I LURVE it. I will say after reading Kath's post I was like hmmmm....but I do love my phone. It has an awesome camera! And you can get Apps with the Storm, just not as many as the IPhone. And I honestly think if I had the IPhone I would be on it all the time. On my phone I have Ubertwitter, Gmail, GoogleMaps GPS, Flixster Movie Times, and an internet browser. I don't think I need more apps than that!

Bonnie said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I heard on a reliable news radio source (WCBS New York) that Verizon will be selling the iPhone starting in January 2011.

marathonmaiden said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i have an iphone (just got it actually) and am in love with it. i don't think i truly need the "smart" aspect of the phone (texting and calls pretty much are all i really do) but it's really nice and has been useful to be able to check something really quickly.

tiabella said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have an iphone and I love it but it's not like my life would be in shambles without it lol. It does have a lot of neat apps and can be useful if you need to have net access and your not always by a computer, but like I said, I could live without it, it doesn't cost me much more than a regular phone so why not.

Babies are so cute, it seems like ALL my friends are having kids these days. Little jealous, but definetly not ready for that.

Cute Shoes :)

Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I got a droid last Christmas after hours and hours of research. In the end it came down to sticking with my dad on the family plan which was much cheaper. I must admit I reaaaaaally wanted an iPhone but I REALLLY didn't want the shotty service that is AT&T. Verizon rocks and that's that. I'm not that attached to my phone that the experience on my phone is that important ya know? I just use it to check email, read blogs, check the weather and read ENews.

PS CUTEST BABY EVERRRRRRRRR. Esp. the photo of Josh cradling him. 'So new!' haha

Jess said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

People I know love their iphones, but almost obnoxiously so. I'm so tired of people pulling them out in bars and spending more time on them than talking to others.

sarah (SHU) said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

javagirl: like everything else fun in my closet, the shoes are anthro :) they are by PinkStudio.

everyone: thank you for the input! that was very helpful . . .

runsarah said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have a super limited budget but I find my iPhone is worth every penny! It is so useful to quickly look up medications, browse the Internet, check email, facebook, even Google reader. I haven't had any problems with reception - I can even get it in the obscure areas of the hospital where others can't - but I have a Canadian provider. LOVE those anthro shorts - before I read your caption I was thinking, wow, Sarah looks TALL in those shorts. I need me a pair - my legs need all the help they can get and a lot of shorts make them look even shorter.

atilla said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I have no personal committment to a smart phone. I have the blackberry which I think is the storm and its great for phone text and email but the apps are slow and nowhere near as fun as the iphone. My residents make fun of me because I don't have an iphone. Our new electronic med record and xrays will be available on Iphones when we institute it so at that point there will be no choice but to switch. For example I'm at a Heat game and I can review consults labs and see the xrays without leaving my seat. And by the way how about a shoutout for dwyane,bosh, and lebron!!! on your someday to be favorite basketball team. Don't worry the first general manager was a 76'er

atilla said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

oh by the way also what a cute baby!

lee said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I've always had aT&T and never had any problems with dropped calls. I mostly use my iphone for email, facebook and internet but I love some of the apps - shazaam in particular. Also, I don't know if they have this in Durham, but the Scoutmob app is great. It's a coupon website which automatically downloads these 50% coupons to your phone. Then you just go to the place (usually a restaurant) where the coupon is from and show them your phone.

Mary said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Supposedly, Verizon is going to be offering the iPhone in January. At least that's the rumor.

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