Originally Posted by LancerVI
Uhh no. Not for me at least.
I think it's the other way around. I think most users of smartphones have absolutely no "need" of the features on said phone, but feel that they do "NEED" it. So they pay outrageous amounts of money to fulfill that "need".***
This "dumbphone" is exactly the kind of phone I would buy. I have no need of the "internet in my pocket" at all times for the cost providers demand.
, I dunno about that.
I'd call myself the "standard" smartphone user. I have it because I can
, not because I'm some business person on the go or some mobile rooting enthusiast.
But here's the rub against your argument, and the other fella's:
You are right, I don't need it. I have a true need
for only two functions of a phone... the ability to *gasp* make phone calls and text as well.
Now that I have grown accustomed to this "computer in my pocket", I wouldn't pass up the chance if I could do it again.
I don't even have any social networking or social media outlets beyond the compulsory G+ that you get with a Gmail account), and I still use Google Maps, my banks' apps, news, weather, and radio and shopping apps every day.
I can find a place just as fast in a paper map (provided I have the right one) that Google can with the average signal around here, but what if, as I said, I just don't have the right map in my car? What if I need some other function to facilitate what I'm doing at the current moment and a computer / tablet is not handy?
You can make the argument that it just simply isn't necessary, because there are other ways to do things, but that's true of everything, all the way back to abacus.
I spent hours, days, weeks, nay even measurable months of my life out in the woods camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking... I still enjoy al of this today, and back then? I never had a phone to take, much less a "smart" one. Doesn't mean I can't take one with me now (and doing those activities alone can be dangerous, so a phone is a useful tool for rescue) and still enjoy it, frankly because my wife wouldn't let me away without one... But the point stands; Can you do without? Can you still do with?
TL:DR, There are different levels of "need", and I think it's not too much of a stretch to be able to quantify what we each can do with and without devices such as this!
Thanks - T