I’m sure by now everyone notices the trend of having every sort of gadget on the market and looking cool with them. I won’t lie to say that I have some of these gadgets and all, but man, they are a lot more confusing than I thought they would be. Some of them anyway.
So I figured I’d pop this part of my life in a new blog entry talking about some of these things and how they can help or not in the normal world.
I love some of these things, without a doubt. I but I wonder how much they actually help me in life at times. So I figured a good way to find out if these things have actually helped me or not would be to go one-by-one here and check it out.
Digital camera: A couple of years ago, I purchased a Canon PowerShot S230, one of the digital elph series cameras. At 3.2 mega pixels, itâ€™s perfect because on high res, you can print out an 8X10 photo with no problem. This thing has been awesome. Most of the photos youâ€™ll see from the past 2-3 years in my gallery on this site are by that camera. It has been one of the best investments Iâ€™ve ever made. For those of you who have a point-and-shoot camera and still use filmâ€¦ you should look into a digital. Itâ€™s killer. GRADE: A.
PDA: This is one of those things I thought I needed to have. Truth be told, since I dropped the coin on this Dell Axim, I havenâ€™t probably used it for as much as it can be used for. I put my calendar in there, contacts, notes and things like that. I donâ€™t look at it every day, however, so that kind of destroys the date book part of it. It is nice to have and be able to use, but I need to start learning more about the Axim and what it can do for me. I have no doubt over time it will totally be beneficial for me, but for now, it doesnâ€™t seem to do the job always. GRADE: C.
Digital recorder: A self-professed old-school writer who likes to still write notes in a notepad, going for one of these didnâ€™t seem like the thing to do. I never liked the tape recorder, which always annoyed me. However, with several people telling me to try it, I went and got one based on Hokieâ€™s suggestion. This thing has been fabulous for the job and digital is the way to go. Itâ€™s made my life a lot easier. And I found a way to only pay $17 bucks for it, so bonus. GRADE: A.
Cell phone: In all honesty, Iâ€™d be lost without a cell phone. But the one I have is quite the gadget. Has a camera, allows me to text, picture text, Get it Now through Verizon etc. Itâ€™s one with the bells and whistles, not just a cell phone. Itâ€™s made my life easier and with all the little toys it comes with, sometimes more fun. GRADE: A.
iPod: This thing has been a blessing. I had an MP3 player before, but I didnâ€™t like it that much. Didnâ€™t hold a lot of songs and it was too difficult to put things on it at times. Itâ€™s, at times, helped me keep my sanity when working or doing other things. Just being able to pop the ear buds in and get a little tunes going, it makes life better. Iâ€™ve heard people say they have had problems with iPods â€“ Iâ€™ll say for me, itâ€™s been pretty much perfect since I got it. GRADE: A.
In my life, Iâ€™ve also gone and made sure I had certain things that hopefully make me a little more organized. Only one I can really think of that has worked out wonders for me.
Backpack: I got one at EMS when one of their stores was going out of business. So I purchased a pretty sweet $75 backpack for like $18. I carry it every day, keep everything in there that I could possibly need â€“ from pens and notepads, to my recorder, digital camera and PDA. Itâ€™s nice to be able to just grab the backpack and roll, knowing I have everything with me. And if I need to stuff a windbreaker or bottle of water in there as well? Not a problem. For those that need to carry things or stay organized well on a daily basis, Iâ€™d highly recommend a backpack. GRADE: A.
Some of these things could have probably bumped down in the B level, and I know a lot of people wouldnâ€™t even give them a C because they would use them less than I. However, it seems most of these gadgets have made my life a little better. Sometimes it takes me a while to make a purchase like these things, but in the end, Iâ€™m usually happy with them. Now, if I can figure out more to do with that PDA, Iâ€™ll be super stoked!