Shortly speaking, using my old-fashioned cellphone I need :
- 2 seconds to start writing sms
- 20 seconds to write a full message and send it
- 5 seconds to find a contact and make a call
- 3 seconds to take picture using its camera
- 1 item to carry in the pocket (just the phone itself)
- 1 finger to do everything
- 10-30% of concentration to do one of the thing above
And a friend of mine who’s using Android-OS’ed touchscreen phone modded with some bling-bling-bloated-not-really-needed-stuffs which took days if not weeks to make it completely installed and usable but still seems incomplete for him because those stuff will never make him satisfied need :
- 15 seconds to start writing sms
- 2 minutes to write and send (not to mention the wrong-typed character because the touchscreen keyboard was just made him went nuts by himself)
- 30 seconds to find a contact and make a call
- almost a minute to take picture, and failed, and succeeded in the third trial
- 3 items (the phone, an extended portable battery charger –needed because the battery’s drained with its heavily bah-bih-buh thingies–, and its cable)
- 2 fingers and maybe more to do even a smallest thing
- 100% concentration to do one of the thing above
Well…kadang euforia teknologi membuat kita lupa tujuan utama suatu gadget. Membuat kita menghabiskan banyak waktu untuk sekedar mengotak-atiknya dengan tetek bengek yang kurang begitu penting, dan kadang setelah selesai diutak-atik sesuatu itu malah jarang digunakan. Yang semua itu justru malah mengorbankan waktu yang seharusnya bisa digunakan untuk sesuatu yang lebih produktif.
Bukankah gadget yang canggih dibuat untuk memudahkan dan memberi waktu yang lebih banyak untuk kehidupan manusia?
Maybe after reading this you would think that I’m just being jealous of my friend having that kind of gadget. Not at all. It’s not that I don’t have the money to buy one. Once a time I was in two choices, an Android phone or an 23inch LED screen, for the same price. I ALMOST fallen for the first choice. Touchscreen phone is really nice, but when it comes down to the practical and ergonomic usage, I still prefer num-pad phone. Yeah, the phone with numbered keypad. A REAL keypad, not a virtual one presented by a touchable screen. If only they have an Android phone with numpad key, I would like to have it for sure. You can call me outdated or anything but for me, simplicity and usability is a primary.