My New Iphone is not a toy

@suspenseful (40326)
Canada
July 12, 2010 2:45pm CST
I just got an Iphone, I use it for emailing, getting rid of junk mail, as a music player, to store photos of my precious grandchildren as well as what happened in my life, as an ereader, as an audiobook, to keep calender appointments, have several applications that I make use of. But my friends says it is a toy. As if I just got it because it was the latest techie gadget. Yet my son who has an iphone, it is perfectly all right since he is an accountant. I mean if I wanted a toy, i would have just gotten that pretend cellphone that my granddaughter got for Christmas. So why is something I regard as necessary considered a toy? Is it because I am not a business woman, but just a housewife?
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@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
13 Jul 10
I really don't care what people think! When the TV was introduced it was "just a toy", not to last very long. When the telephone was introduced it was "just a toy". Do you travel? You can pull up your boarding pass on your Iphone. Show it to the kiosk at the airport, print out your ticket and board. There will be more "toys" in the near future.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
13 Jul 10
I know what it was like, but I would not think any would call something that prints a ticket in an airport, or the self checkout at the grocers or Home Depot, a toy. I think that is something that business and university people or people of importance like doctors, etc. use, but in order to discourage the rest of us, they say when we use it is a toy. It is like when the computer became common, they said that all we would use it was for playing games, but for them it was a necessity.
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
13 Jul 10
I realize you are very upset about this, so try this one on. Discrimination will always exist because of this. The wealthy do pick on the poor. The poor pick on the wealthy. Also very often people who get something new like that, even though it helps get things done, often refer to it as their new toy.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
I would never refer to something that I consider a necessity as a toy. A toy for me is something one plays with and really did not need it at all. It is a want in relationship to a child, not a want in relationship to an adult that as I see it is "something I would not buy for myself, but something I would not mind getting, because I will try to use it but not as much." So to a child a toy is something for the moment, so when the next Iphone came out as it has, I did not say "I will go and buy one, and junk this one." So I feel that when someone gets something that is useful, it is a disservice to refer to that as a toy, because then people feel their made of money. And from what I heard most upper class or rich people got that way by being careful not by being spend thrifts
@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
12 Jul 10
I have an iPhone, and while I don't NEED all its applications, I do need some of them. Granted, the most important one for me is the PHONE app, but the other apps that just COME with the phone are also good. Now, I don't use the iPod function really, but I don't need or want music going all the time, I do know people that can't seem to live without it.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
13 Jul 10
With me, being a writer, I am supposed to read more, and I like the ebook on it, plus I can write notes, and keep calender appointments. I mean I do not want to look around for bits of paper telling when the next appointment is. I do use our regular wall calender, but with the iphone it is much easier to write notes as well as search for recipes. I like listening to music when I go for a walk or one of the audiobooks. It makes the time go by.
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
13 Jul 10
I have the roommate's appointments set up on my phone and when I have one, well, I put that on too. I love that calendar function!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
I also find that I can see the appointments that I made before and have already been to. I really need that because my husband has to go every three months so the doctors can see how he is progressing and then there are the dreaded dentist appointments.
@Andyvil (793)
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
Hello suspenseful, I don't think the Iphone is a toy. I consider it to be a very versatile phone. That is why people of all ages can use it according to their needs as long as they can afford one. The iphone definitely has a lot of advantages compared to its other counterparts and I think I wouldn't mind other people calling it a toy or belittling any of my gadgets cause I don't need their approval on satisfying my needs. I think the reason why some people consider it as a toy is because a lot of teenagers purchase that phone because it has a lot of good games. Don't mind your friends comment, as long as your happy with your phone that is all that matters.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
13 Jul 10
I tried a few of the games and then I deleted them. Boring. I am more interested in showing photos of my grandchildren, searching for recipes, audiobooks, and ereading, plus listening to music. I also want to keep track of things like when we have to go to the doctor, etc. plus I am able to email rather then going to the computer all the time. Mind you for a touch typist as myself, it takes a while to type with one finger, but I do manage. It is just that I do not like it being called a toy, it is kind of like saying I am immature and I am not.
@gjabaigar (2101)
• Philippines
13 Jul 10
hi suspenseful.... A toy? lol... Yeah a toy with 300,000 more applications and still more applications are developing for iPhone. There a lot of free applications and some are as much 1$ or less can have. But although they are a just dollar, applications developers can earn a lot of dollars because there are more than a million iPhone users around the globe. As for today, iPhone is the top selling on the smartphone category.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
If it were a toy it would be like the pretend cellphone my granddaughter got for Christmas last year. The Iphone is not a toy especially when you are like me and often do not have enough room to write what room you have to see at the hospital, what section it is in, what you have to ask the doctor, etc. And it does help me keep track of when I have to pay a bill. Oh and the ereader and the fact that I can listen to my audiobooks on it, it is handy.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
14 Jul 10
cangrats on getting it I know you will enjoy it
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
I sure will. I have no excuse to say that I forgot that I had to see the doctor or the dentist.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
15 Jul 10
Thats for sure. and I put my apppointmants n calender I have right here by me
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
15 Jul 10
I find there is not enough space on my calendars for more then just the name and the date. So with the Iphone I can go into more detail and also i can put reminders a couple of day ahead, so I will not forget.
24 Oct 10
I don't know. I told my children this when I first got my Nokia N86, as they just kept asking if they could play the games etc. I don't mind them playing with my mobile but I don't like them messing around with it. (there only young) and it's quite expensive to replace if something does go wrong. Might of been said with humour?
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
25 Oct 10
I can understand children thinking a cell phone is a toy, but with adults, it is another thing. That is like saying you want something to play with not to use it.
@zed_k4 (17634)
• Singapore
22 Jul 10
I think it's cool that you are able to use the iPhone. It's awesome and I don't see anything wrong with it. Don't care about the comment, I think a toy is not an iPhone for sure.
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
25 Oct 10
I like that I can check the weather, take photos, and also listen to music when I am going for a walk. And I can also listen to audio books Because I have astignatism and I can read the books on the iphone without having to have to buy a book with large print that I do not need. It is just the contrast between the text and page that I need.
• United States
15 Jul 10
i realy love my apple i phone its to gud its having better sound quality thats gud about it and and its megapixcel is also gud its having better touch quality i luv my phone but i wana sell it for 25 dolars and its in a gud condotion abot 60gb space i wana buy different one......
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 Jul 10
So are you planning to get the Iphone 4 or an Iphone 3.5 since the latter would now be on sale. I know that the first Iphone was not that good and could not be updated, but the Iphone 3 and 3.5 can be made to work like the Iphone 4.
• Hong Kong
14 Jul 10
wow, you've got an iphone! I have dreamed it for a so long time. but my N85 still works well now, so I have not got a chance to throw it away and turn to Iphone. I hope I would get one at the end of this year. Iphone is a kind of revolutionary cellphone. maybe we should not just call it a cellphone because the designer is so creative to make it a kind of powerful tool for us. To different people, Iphone means different thing. For me, it would be a tool to surfing online, music player, and game box. For a business man, it might be a kind of notebook or somehow an laptop. so, it does not matter what iphone means to you. The most important thing is that you like it and could make full use of it. have a nice day!!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
I find it is useful because my computer is so slow, that I hate having to turn it on just to delete my spam mail. I do take notes on it, and my appointments, I also use it as an ereader (mostly by books got from Gutenberg) and an audiobooks. I can check the weather, look up recipes and even download them. I am not much of a game player. And I have not begun to scratch the surface.
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• United States
13 Jul 10
I would say if you have the funds to afford it and someone says its your toy , well ok then its none of their buisness if its needed or not because you have the right to buy whatever you want and if its for fun so be it. I bet your friend that says this is a toy has things they have bought in their life that are not absolutely needed too. If the iphone helps you organize your life and makes something easier or fun then its worth it. After all none of us can take money with us when we go so might as well have the things we want and enjoy while we livin.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
Well if it were for fun, it would be a toy, but it is not. I mean about not really understanding the discussion. Something that is a necessity is not a toy. If someone bought a dishwasher I would not call it a toy, and if someone bought a computer, I would not call it a toy, and we can go on and on. If one needs a particular technological thing it is not a toy. Besides I tend to break toys and I am not a kid. I also take a lot of time in checking to see if I really need it and I figured well with this iphone, it is not the new iphone 4 and I really checked on the cellphone reviews and checked to see the applications if I needed them. That is also why I am not going to go out and get an ipad for a few months at the earliest because I want to check to see if I really need it.
@dragon54u (31340)
• United States
13 Jul 10
Referring to something as a "toy" is very common. My ex husband used to go out and buy stuff and refer to a new TV or something else as his new toy. It's not an insult but a compliment, Suspenseful. It's a matter of different ways of speaking.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
18 Jul 10
I am still a bit upset about something being referred as a toy. It implies that one has not grown up. And the Iphone, and other things are not cheap. It is also quite useful especially when you are like me, and are more of a visual person. I really make a good use of the applications and I have my friends's phone numbers on it so I can call them anytime. And some of the applications such as a pedometer are quite good.
13 Jul 10
Do you like to make it right.
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• United States
13 Jul 10
i guess os but you have to think about it maybe the kid see that iphone as a toy i have a little ness who thinks my phone is a mouth candy kane or some thing i dont know but she like to put ever thing in her monuth may you can put the baby in front of the tv with carrtoons thats what i do i try to hide the ipone if it make noise then ever kid is going to think that it is a toy so for the furture get a case for your phone are turn off the sound mode and live it varabr you know may thay will not make your new iphone look like toy so i bet you fill you waste your money on the iphone and you want to take it back well that how life is but you take care
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
This was not a kid. If it were a kid, I would not have minded. This was an adult. Both of you really did not read the discussion at all. Besides I do not regard the Iphone as a toy but as a necessity. It is just that when I get something that I need, someone who does not need it because they are not visually oriented or aural oriented but able to remember better by reading words, feel that it is a toy. I see you also regard it as a toy because now you told me to take it back. But it is not.
• Canada
13 Jul 10
Sadly that's the way that some people think, and the next time someone says that to you, you need to call them on it, and say exactly what you said to us. I do not have an iPhone, rather an iPod Touch, which I did not aquire until the launch o the iPad. LOL I use my iPod Touch for the exact same things you use your iPhone, and MORE, since I di not have a computer right now. You can see I've gotten quite good at my iTyping, because I'm MyLotting on my iPod. LOL Toy? I don't freaking think so. I am in the process of getting my own business started, and I am studying, but even if I was doing nothing of the kind, my iPod would still be a necessary tool, and not a toy. Again, I did not buy it until the next BIG boom in technology came out. I did not want one when everyone else wanted one, and when it was hot and new. If I wanted only the newest technology because it was trendy, I would have bought a stupid iPad. LOL I am going to get a computer sooner or later (my laptop fell apart) but for now my iPod does almost everything I need it to do. For the two or three things it does not do, I use my husband's computer.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
I have not tried mylotting on my iphone, but maybe I will give it a try.. I also plan to get an ipad but I want to wait until all the kinks are out. That is why I am not getting an Iphone 4, because well it still has kinks in it. But by the time, they get the kinks out there will be the iphone 6. Right now the ipad is still new and it needs improvement. When it gets so that it is not just for business people, then I will get it. It would be easier to read on it though. But I use my iphone all the time, and cannot see how I could get along without it.