Instead of getting a new digital camera or an iPod shuffle, I now have a new phone. It plays MP3s, it captures sound, pictures, and video, it IMs, it emails, and… it also works as a phone.
I’m amazed. I have completely changed how I think about capturing moments. I used to lug a huge bag with a Sony digital video camera and a Nikon Coolpix. They capture better images, but they are cumbersome and inconvenient at times, and don’t lend themselves to sponteneity or stealth. With my camera phone, I’m taking video and pictures ALL THE TIME. They’re not professional quality, mind you, but they do archive moments in time.
And I love listening to music on the built-in mp3 player. I don’t have white earbuds, but now I too can apply a soundtrack to my life. There is one improvement Motorola could make to the software: I was filling a low tire at the gas station, listening to the Flaming Lips sing Do You Realize when D called. My hands were dirty and occupied, but luckily I had set my preferences to ‘auto-answer’ in 2 rings when the stereo headphones are jacked in (very cool feature). When the call was over, the phone went silent. I had to re-open the mp3 player, find my song, and start it over again. It does not continue where it left off, but rather dumps out of the application. Hopefully this will be addressed in the near future.
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