A tumblr post by user @streakmachine has inspired me to write a little about the device I love to love. My iPhone 4S. In this 21st century first world, full of problems, often quoted on the web are folks displeased with their phone of choice. Phones not even in the hands of the consumer are even damned and deemed worthless. It makes me sad when the hatred is steered at the iPhone because this device has seriously changed my world and only for the better.
I can understand device frustration. I had an HD2. Though it gave me hell it holds a place in my heart. I saw something so flawed and at times downright useless through development and porting a better OS running on the NAND of the thing and really loathed how much time I spent not being able to do what I needed it to do. I knew that the end of useful life was drawing closer and I had to find a replacement. I thought only jokingly about getting an iPhone. Then over time I strongly considered it because Android was becoming more frustrating and just look at all the happy iphone users out there! What did I have to lose?
I made up my mind that I would have that iPhone4S in white.
On the fateful day of July 1, 2012 the HD2 gave me one last old man middle finger and the touch screen failed. I tried all I could to revive it but no luck.. Had to go find that iPhone!
So on or around the 4th of July I had in my hot little hand direct from Sprint a beige box containing a refurbished white iPhone4S just for me. When I opened the box and removed it, I could not believe how gorgeous it was. It was a little hefty, which told me a little about the quality. All good.
The experience after that has been nothing short of amazing.. Better apps, Siri, the camera. It goes everywhere with me and if I could permanently attach it to my person, I would..
The retina display was just amazing. Despite the downgrade in screen size from the HD2, my eyes met iPhone4S and breathed a huge sigh of relief, they might have danced a little jig too! I now could enjoy reading/writing without the pain.
Lets move onto the camera. I love to take photos. I am visual and my camera is one thing that gets use early and often. The 4S camera is the best camera I have had in my life. Aside from maybe my old Polaroids from the 80s but thats nostalgia!
Then something I did not expect. I am making music again thanks to iPhone.
Long ago I said good bye to music and making it because of various things and it made me very sad. I never thought I would again be using personally beloved Roland Analogue Synthesizers and drum machines in Rebirth to kick out some jams. Garageband enables me to “play” cello and viola again, and not miss my guitar as much. I am where I wanted to be creatively and musically in 2003 running FL Studio on a PC laptop.
Even after all that, there is more!
When it comes to getting tasks done, I frequently call on Siri and or Wolfram Alpha to calculate something or write an email. During Hurricane Sandy I was able to utilize a program called Echolink to communicate with amateur radio operators around the world in case my power failed and I needed to pass net control duty to another individual. I used the calendar to easily log my hours and share them with my communications coordinator.
I love that I can go into the App Store and find what I want and not be afraid to download it cause it may or may not be safe. I was too preoccupied with that stuff to enjoy things on the HD2 toward the end of its life. I gladly admit this is a huge reason why I wanted to join the best Sandbox in the park. Plus, apps are QUALITY! Paying for an app was unheard of in my world before. Now, I gladly throw a little money..(Okay Okay, a LOT)..Apples way via the App Store. Much love to the devs that work their asses off to make these apps great too!
I am not about to entertain haters, but I want to know what you like about yours and what its done to make your life better? All are welcome to share. Also thank you to streakmachine and minimalmac for the inspiration to write this here. Follow them!
The world has since long moved on to newer devices with far more capacity and capabilities than my lowly little black iPhone can muster. Yet, I still use mine and haven’t really found many reasons to upgrade. I don’t want to be pulled down into a cesspool of unnecessary consumerism and get a new device every year, just because I can. Since it’s also not broken, there’s just no way I can justify replacing it. No reasons that outweigh the fact that it’s still a fully functional device that serves my needs remarkably well for something of its age. Not everything is roses and pizza of course, but it works really well, and has by a wide margin exceeded my expectations.
I really do enjoy reading about these instances where people are making the most of what they already have. It’s one of the primary reasons this site exists in the first place.
Such a lovely post. Not many people truly appreciate what our phones do for us. All over the net we see the criticisms and downright hatred for the things regardless of age. Something not even manufactured yet can even be loathed. It really makes me sad when that hatred comes from an iPhone user.
I think I will write more on this and pay some love to my 4S.
The Buddha told his student, ‘Every morning I drink from my favorite teacup. I hold it in my hands and feel the warmth of the cup from the hot liquid it contains. I breathe in the aroma of my tea and enjoy my mornings in this way. But in my mind the teacup is already broken.’
Like The Buddha’s…
This is quite true and also for things like security, putting off software updates, updating passwords. Though some may say, if it is already broken, why bother? Just get a new device and move on. We can check all over the web for the reactions to any device malfunction, no matter how small and generally see shock, annoyance, and blaming of said devices as if the user had nothing to do with it. It is how the cookie crumbles. If you are already aware moving on is seamless.
2013 is going to be amazing. I have found such peace in the last vestiges of 2012. Inner turmoil regarding life outside in the world and at home has ceased. I am okay with my surroundings even though they may not be perfect.
Creative influences are all around me and not just that ever grinding logical mind questing for knowledge and fact. I have found the joy of music and art again like it never went away. It likely didn’t, I just was not in the mind frame to tend to it. The part of me that I long ago said goodbye to and buried is new again and better than ever.
My mind is always inspired and not bogged down by the desire to be.
Sitting and listening to the silence and drizzle on this early Sunday morning, I am at rest and I can take it all in and just..be. I have love, I have life, I have all I need.
Connecting with the one who has shown me true beauty in life and helped me achieve this inner peace. I am at ease and grateful for his presence in my world. Thank you for your precious gifts.
“What separates Zen Buddhism from other systems of “revolution,” let’s say, is that Zen Buddhism focuses on that “moment.” It focuses on that instant realization of “a-ha” — they just skip all the other parts, they’re like, “We’re going to go straight to the dot. We’re going to abolish all desire, you know, abolish the whole process, and just work with trying to attain to the moment of being in the now.” Because once you’re in the now, it’s like a self-healing process. The now sort of heals everything else. I don’t know how it works, but once you’ve entered that void, it’s like the cycle just reverses upon itself, it starts acting differently. It’s a lot more pleasurable, obviously, it’s a lot more fulfilling. You know, it’s like what the Buddhists say — it’s contentment. You don’t want anything, you don’t need anything, you’re good.”—— Neven Paar (via xezene)
“You must learn to live in the present, not in the future or the past. Zen teaches that life must be seized at the moment. By living in the present you are in full contact with yourself and your environment, your energy is not dissipated and is always available. In the present there are no regrets as there are in the past. By thinking of the future, you dilute the present. The time to live is now. As long as what you are doing at the moment is exactly what you are doing at that moment and nothing else, you are one with yourself and with what you are doing - and that is Zen; while doing something you are doing it at the fullest.”—Joe Hayams (via freshvibess)
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