As I've written before, I have never been an early adopter. I'm more of a skeptical, fast-following frugalist. And, when I did finally succumb in the late 90s to the lure of a Palm Pilot, I found it to be worse than useless.
So, it was quite difficult for me last year to commit $350 upfront plus $90 a month for a Treo 600 Smartphone. I cost-justified it (to myself) as an authorial investment. After all, how could I write a book about ambient findability without one? But now, a year later, I'm absolutely hooked.
So, in gratitude, here are the top ten reasons why I love my Treo:
- I can check email at home without my wife catching me (usually).
- I can synchronize with my MS Outlook Calendar and Contacts. This means that from anywhere at anytime, I can check where I'm supposed to be, and then call ahead to let them know I'll be late.
- I can surf the Web and post articles to my blog while lying on the beach.
- Thanks to my Atari Retro card, I can play Adventure, Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Missile Command, Pong, and Yar's Revenge while pretending to check email.
- I can call my friends and family at work while I'm hiking in Yosemite.
- It's a great-sounding MP3 player.
- It's way sexier than an iPod. Well, at least it's more intelligent and has a better personality.
- I can email reminders to myself, so I can forget about important tasks until I check email.
- While performing serious academic research in libraries, I can photograph the relevant pages of books, so I don't have to wait in line to use the photocopier.
- I can check email while driving. This also belongs in the top ten reasons why I hate my Treo, but that's another list.