When I started a small business years ago, I had a basic cell phone and a separate Palm device that held my client contacts and appointment calendar. My brother told me that I was soooo "behind the times" and needed a phone with all of those functions built in. I succumbed to peer pressure and bought an uber-expensive cell phone which I've continued to upgrade to the next "bigger and better" on the market.
I've carried a PDA ("Personal Digital Assistant" or lately referred to as a "Smartphone") for years now, and it recently dawned on me--I don't have the business anymore, so why do I continue to carry phones that I hate?! (Why do I hate them?? The buttons are generally TINY, the screens repeatedly freeze up, it's hard to check your calendar while you're on an active call, and my earrings are constantly activating some crazy function on the touch-screen.) The phone I currently have has stopped working, so I decided to go BACK a step and get a basic flip phone instead.
The phone I'm getting rid of (Samsung Epix):
In researching phones, I found that this is one of the FEW flip phones on the market anymore. It got good reviews and we've always had good luck with the reception Nokias get, so I chose that one. Wahoo!! I feel liberated!! Basic phone, here I come!! In fact, I was on cloud nine until I read some disturbing reviews that said things like "It's a good choice for your ELDERLY PARENTS"...or WORSE...."My GRANDPARENTS have these phones and love them." OUCH.
I'm sticking with my decision to get the Mural (because I really do think I'll love it), but I'm coming to terms with the fact that I'm apparently just a baby-step away from needing a Jitterbug phone and a remote control with enormous buttons...
...and possibly a muu muu that I can wear around the house while muttering terms like "housecoat" and "houseshoes" and complaining about the high price of canned beets. HEAVEN HELP ME. Somebody get me a flashy convertible sports car QUICK--I'm sensing a mid-30's crisis coming on.