During the weekend, it occured to me that having ranted about the frustrations of Windows Phone 7.5 on a budget device, I still find it difficult to put the Nokia Lumia 610 down. The freshness of the Windows Phone user interface just seems to have me addicted, so here I am still carrying it around and using it as my primary smartphone despite the frustrating lags in some apps. Sigh.
I have been counselling people in relationships for 17 years, and I know that I am not taking my own advice in this case. You see, this is a perfect scenario of an abusive relationship. This device has enough frustrations to boil water, but enough honey to keep me dipping my fingers in the boiling pot for taste after taste. But before you scream, “Physician, heal thyself!”, the truth is that many phone users here are in the same situation, because they lack viable alternatives. Yes.
I tweeted about this, asking if this isn’t like being in an abusive relationship. A response from from our friendly neighbourhood social media person and mobilista, Jesse Oguns, was interesting. Said he, “It is. The kind of relationship most of us have with our iPhones. I just can’t put mine down. It is cute.” There you go. I have followed Jesse’s romance with the iPhone 4S for a while, and have seen him smother it with kisses and cuddles one day, then tear his hair out the next. Oh, the exciting life of a mobilista!
The Parable Of Adam & Eve
Let me tell you a parable. I created it. Yes. Pardon me if you’re not the religious type, but I am sure that you have heard the story (or a variant) of Adam and Eve, the very first people on the planet. If Adam had been an abusive husband, Eve had no options. If Eve had been too, Adam was stuck. She was the only babe in town. If he wanted some, there you go. Can I get a witness? The next few generations of humans would have experienced similar frustrations, because of the very few options available. No?
Oh, I can feel the preach coming on! So, let’s get back to mobiles, before I transform MOBILITY into a pulpit on a Monday morning. Amen?
In my recent article, I detailed how the lack of variety is killing me. Yes; it is this lack of variety that keeps me – and others like me – in these abusive relationships. Why can Jesse not have a phone that does everything he wants, alongside having the cuteness of the iPhone? Why? Why can I not have the clean, fresh interface of Windows Phone alongside everything else that I want?
I am no prophet, but I do know what you guys will tell me. I can predict the points and outlines of your pontifications. Fine. Go ahead and say it. The comments section is yours! Do add whether or not you are in an abusive relationship with your mobile too. After all, it can not be a bad idea to see who and who we should be expecting at our first “Mobilistas Anonymous” meeting coming to your neighbourhood soon.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.