I've noted previously that I'm not an early adopter of hardware. So I'd been getting by with my stupidphone with a dying battery for a while while marvelling at how much other people are willing to pay for data plan contracts.
Until now. Virgin Mobile is offering a $25/month unlimited data, pretty limited voice (300 minutes), no contract required plan. You have to get a Virgin branded phone; I got the LG Optimus V. Pocahonas got one too; we're paying less than our previous voice plan.
So now a whole new world of text messaging and internet anywhere opens up to me.
Malasada and I have taken to texting a lot of what would have made for phone calls before, as well as texting fripperies or emailing photos throughout the day. Suddenly, Twitter makes more sense.
We'd only just gotten digital audio players we liked (the Sansa Clip+); suddenly, the phone makes them redundant.
And I can annoyingly fact-check things on the Net wherever I am.
Still hate capacitive touchscreens. Fitalystamp on my palm was faster, and I was accustomed to getting what I wanted the first time. Now I'm accustomed to making correction after correction. And cleaning the finger smears off my screen every day. Still want to drop a 10-ton anvil on everyone responsible for promoting capacitive touchscreens as the only acceptable choice for anything.
Now I just have to learn to write Android apps. There are some obvious things I'd like to do that don't seem to exist yet.