My Christmas present this year was a new iPhone, the first one I’ve ever owned. I loved taking it out of the box, setting it up, and finally having an electronic device that runs fast. My only regret is how soon it will be obsolete, compared to the other phones I’ve.
I bought my first phone sometime when I was in college, and kept it for about four years. It was one of those cheap, Virgin mobile pay-as-you-go plans where it’d buy twenty dollars worth of minutes whenever I needed more. Sometimes I’d need new minutes in a month, more often two or three.
My next phone I bought in 2007, and I kept that phone for four years. I loved the wallpapers I had on that phone: the front wall paper was in Memorial Stadium, the picture of a Husker team kickoff huddle on the field against Iowa State, right after they’d scored a touchdown. The inner wallpaper photo was Memorial Stadium from the east, as I was passing the stadium on the I-180 early in the morning. It was a great phone, but it didn’t have a texting keyboard, and once everyone I knew started texting, I needed a new phone. (I even had a friendship which dissolved, in part, because I wasn’t able to text back at the rate the other person did.) Still, I was patient and upgraded phones at the proper time.
The next phone I acquired in the spring of 2011, and I didn’t want it to do that much. I was used to iPod touches, and I was okay with being detached at certain points. The phone, even with its spotty data coverage, did me well throughout two and a half years. But then my Kindle Fire staring running slow, and it is barely year old, prompting me to ask my dad for a new phone for Christmas. It was impulsive of me, but hey, I was just simplifying gift giving for my parents.
I would have been happy keeping my old phone for another six months or a year because of the natural rhythm that develops when you keep your phone for a while. You place certain memories, certain conversations and places with the phone you had at the time. At two years, a phone becomes as disposable as the soap in your bathroom, all because there’s a new phone to be sold to keep the economy going. Like everything else in life, it fades quickly.
Too Soon Gone…