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Gadget Lust

i-ba347d980e861564c774555d0a24afcf-phone.jpgIt was only a couple of weeks ago but it seems like years. I had spent a month learning how to use most of the features on my shiny new phone and we were in Alaska using Google maps to find our way around Fairbanks.

My thumbs were getting sore, but so what? I could a give a slide show on my phone, I could read my Gmail messages, and we could find a friend’s house in the Google map satellite view and amaze our older relatives with the thrill of technology.

I’m not even a materialistic, gadgety sort of person, but I was in love.

And now, well, maybe you guessed it.

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We went to the Apple store on Saturday and spent an hour playing with the iPhone.

Suddenly my brand new Razr isn’t as shiny and cool anymore. Google maps look so much better on the iPhone and so does everything that comes from the web.


We logged in to the Finch Suite to see how easy it would be to look at chromatogram data and trace files. It was great! My husband even started demonstrating our software to the saleswoman in the Apple Store on the iPhone.

Think of it! We could order sequencing reactions, look at our DNA sequencing data, and easily identify sequence polymorphisms on an iPhone! And it was sooo easy.


I used my Razr to take these pictures. Funny, how suddenly my shiny new phone became so old and clunky and hard to use.


My husband says I shouldn’t feel so depressed. After all, we spent an hour playing with the iPhone and never once made a call. And to be fair, we were using the WiFi network in the Apple store, so I don’t know how well the Apple network works once you try to use the iPhone in the wild.

All I know is that I know what I want for my next birthday.


  1. #1 Deepak
    July 9, 2007

    I got to play with a couple the day after it was released. Wow!!! The lack of 3G keeps me from getting one right now, but man, I can’t wait for version 2. My Samsung Blackjack looks very very ordinary all of a sudden. The browser is a killer

  2. #2 Deepak
    July 9, 2007

    Oh … in the music world,we call it GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome)

  3. #3 hardmanb
    July 9, 2007

    My lawyer friends are able to show other attorneys and Judges statute and case law…for the first time properly formated with legislative history and annotations.

    My Real Estate Agent friends are excited to be able to fully access MLS services in the field.

    My RV friends no longer need to pack a laptop and pay for a satellite hookup for their RV, a seperate iPod and cellphone. They can also mobilely access webpages for traveling info, from gas prices, to open hours, names and addresses, and RV park reservations.

    The iPhone, while it will never be as good for intensive uses as a desktop or laptop…is good enough for many uses.

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