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And for the record, I don't have an iPhone

Jun 15, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler

Just for the record, I don't have an iPhone.

Those who know me for the gadget geek I am, find this hard to believe.

But it is true -- I have made a considered decision not to buy an iPhone.

I depend upon my cell phone as my lifeline. I wear it on a lanyard around my neck and it's my "help I've fallen and can't get up" go to. I don't want my cell phone to have to think about anything but making telephone calls.

But yes, I do have an iPad, a Kindle Fire, and a Nook, all with the bells, whistles, books (text and audio) that entertain others on their iPhone. I've even made the trip to the public library to get set up to download E-reader books.

So it's not like I am deprived with it comes to apps.

When the Becker Bunch visited earlier this spring, Dyan tried to convince me to get an Android smartphone. He pointed out all the advantages on his, but I wasn't convinced.

I am satisfied with my simple LG.

Even it is not totally "simple." It is the sidekick style to accommodate my occasional text message.

And, truth be known, I don't wear just one cell phone on a neck lanyard all the time, I wear two.

Putting me back in the geek category, my second phone is a BlackBerry.

True, I have it primarily for backup, but yes it does all the special things of smartphones, and I use it a lot for email.

So my only claim to being an opt-out on the smartphone world is that I don't do Facebook or Twitter. It's not that I'm too old for them. It's that I'm old enough to remember the days of telephone party lines and figure I've already been-there, done-that.

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