Being iPhoneless For 31 Days

For the whole of May, I decided to go without my iPhone. Effectively, I went without my iPod, camera, email, calender, Angry Birds, Google Maps and Facebook.
It was interesting to say the least. Here’s my takeout;
  • Over the course of the month, only once did I wish I had responded to an email faster. Everything else could wait until I got home or got to work.
  • Only a few apps were truly missed; Tram Tracker and Shazam being up there. Everything else is really good at eating up your time and making you very unproductive (mostly games).
  • Instead of listening to music and podcasts on the tram each day, I read three books over the course of the month. Unfortunately this meant I could also hear the amount of rubbish people talk about in public.
  • I stopped checking my phone every five minutes. However, having been involved in a ‘news scandal’ during the month, it would have been nice to be connected to watch it play out.
  • I could drop my burner on the ground and it didn’t even matter. That was kind of nice.
  • And last but not least, I only had to charge my burner three times during the course of the month, and didn’t once worry about running out of battery.

Good fun, I’m going to try and read one book a month on the tram and it’s fair to say I’ve become less dependent on my iPhone. If you’re interested in taking part, I have a free phone you can use, all it will cost you is a beer.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at June 1, 2011 12:24pm, 01 June Reply


  • Zac Martin
    Posted at June 1, 2011 12:40pm, 01 June Reply

    Very clever.

  • Kendall
    Posted at June 1, 2011 12:47pm, 01 June Reply

    I had opposite feelings when Optus lent me a shitty lemon of a phone! Symptoms included twitching, random outbursts of expletives and foot stomping resulting from extreme frustration!

    Good point about reading books on the train though… At risk of "Giving gen Y's a bad F***ing name" (hope you like this bit, anonymous… dick) I think I'll download some audiobooks to block out the rubbish talkers!

  • BrandDNA
    Posted at June 1, 2011 3:36pm, 01 June Reply

    Search this post online and you'll find it has the words homo, shitty and dick in it. See what I just did there?

  • Hannah DeMilta
    Posted at June 1, 2011 3:43pm, 01 June Reply

    I've been doing 30 Day Challenges as a new blog project but this one would be really tough for me. I might add it to the list as a possibility.

  • Dom
    Posted at June 6, 2011 5:14pm, 06 June Reply

    what were the three books you read, homo?

  • Jason Tsitsopoulos
    Posted at June 8, 2011 1:20pm, 08 June Reply

    LOLZ… So suffice to say, you're better off without your high tech phone?

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