The latest “revolutionary” new smartphone has been introduced.
This time it’s Google’s Moto X and what makes it revolutionary is that it’s hands-free. No more strenuous screen swiping or button pushing. Just say what you want it to do and it does it.
While it’s certainly tempting to own a phone that would free up my right index finger for more important tasks, I’m not buying it. The cellphone industry has more revolutions than your typical Banana Republic and if I miss this revolution another one will come along in a month or so.
In the last revolution I bought an iPhone, mostly because of the television commercials, the ones in which all you have to do is press a button and say, “Siri, where can I find a left-handed socket wrench for $19.95 in Elyria, Ohio?” and a female voice will give you the location, directions and the name of the store manager’s wife.
After a year and a half, my relationship with Siri is tenuous, at best. Our conversations are like:
“Siri, where can I buy a sari in Syracuse?”
“I’m sorry, sir, did you say “surrey?”
“Surrey? Surely you can’t be serious, Siri.”
Then she hangs up.
Even if the Moto X really is revolutionary, I’m not sure I can afford to switch from Apple to Google. The phone may cost only $200, but what about the accessories?
Like the airline industry, which makes its bundle selling “options,” the cellphone industry profits by selling accessories. Screen cleaners for $24.95. Headphones for $79. Michael Kors Ensemble Zip Wallet for $89.95.
A few weeks ago I dropped my iPhone, shattering the case. So I went to an Apple store and picked out a new one, which I figured should cost about $25.
“That’ll be $84.13,” the sales associate said when I took it to the checkout desk.
“It’s a great case,” he explained. “You can drop it from six feet and it won’t break. It’s waterproof, too. You can even take it underwater.”
Although I hardly ever talk on the phone when I’m underwater, I too was embarrassed to give a total stranger the impression I was a tightwad, so I bought the case. When I got it home I learned from reading the back of the package that it also was ideal for protecting my phone when I go skateboarding. I’ve been meaning to take up skateboarding.
And now that I’ve spent all that money for a new case, I think I’ll keep my iPhone a while longer.
Moto X can start the revolution without me.