Wants and Needs

I’m combining two Jim Adams prompts today. The first one, Jim’s Thursday Inspiration post yesterday gave us the word “want.” Then today, via Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Friday Faithfuls challenge, Jim has asked us to write about the smart devices that we have, or the ones that we would like to own, or any story that involves smart devices.

Alrighty then, let’s do this. Jim defines smart devices as items that connect to the internet, which can be controlled from your smartphone via a companion app. He defines connected devices as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

I have a lot of smart/connected devices. Obviously my most prized smart device is my iPhone. I also have a smart TV, two Nest smart thermostats, a smart Ring camera over my garage, a Nest smart doorbell camera, a Roku smart streaming stick, and a Google Nest Home Hub. My refrigerator, oven, and microwave are WiFi-connected and my electric car is smarter than your average car. And, of course, my laptop is connected to the internet. I also have a mesh WiFi system that offers speedy WiFi in every room in my house.

Do I need all of these smart devices? No, I don’t. The only one I really need is my iPhone because it’s my constant companion and I do almost everything, including blogging, on my iPhone. I upgrade my iPhone every two years, not because I need to, but because I want to. And since my iPhone 12 is going to be two years old this fall, I want to upgrade to the iPhone 14 when it is introduced later this year. Because I want to.

My laptop is six years old now, making it about 100 in human years. I was thinking that I need to get a new one, but I don’t really want to get one because I hardly ever use it.

As to my other smart devices, I use my smart TV, my Roku streaming stick, my Nest smart thermostats and doorbell camera, and my Ring garage camera almost every day. Conversely, I’ve never used any of the so-called smart features of my refrigerator, oven, and microwave. Google Nest Home Hub is always on and is probably watching our every move and recording everything we say. But we use it to monitor our dog when we are out of the house. So it comes in handy.

Bottom line, I don’t need all of these smart devices, but I do depend upon my smartphone and I am planning to upgrade to the iPhone 14 when it’s available. Not because I need it, but because…

15 thoughts on “Wants and Needs

  1. Paula Light July 29, 2022 / 5:07 pm

    My son-in-law has the newest available iPhone with everything and it’s fabulous, especially the camera!

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    • Fandango July 29, 2022 / 10:05 pm

      He probably has the iPhone 13. I think the 14 will be pretty much the same phone. Just more expensive.

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  2. Sadje July 29, 2022 / 5:11 pm

    Upgrading phones is an expensive hobby. I only do it when my phone battery sort of dies.

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    • Fandango July 29, 2022 / 10:06 pm

      My phone batteries last only about half as long after a few years than they did when the phone was new.

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      • Sadje July 29, 2022 / 10:42 pm

        I think they make it so that after a few years the battery dies and we are forced to get a new phone.

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    • Fandango July 29, 2022 / 10:15 pm

      Hmm. Are you talking about me, Don? 😂

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  3. Carol anne July 30, 2022 / 1:58 am

    I have a lot of smart devices too, including my I phone, my alexa, my laptop, amongst others. I wouldnt be without any of them!

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  4. Nope, Not Pam July 30, 2022 / 4:02 am

    My phone hasn’t worked for over a week now. Dodgy SIM card. Surprisingly I’ve not been too bothered by that

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  5. Marilyn Armstrong July 30, 2022 / 10:59 am

    We now have a smart TV which is exactly like our other TV but has the Roku stuff built in rather than added on. We have Alexas all around the house and mostly, the turn light on and off in areas that are inconvenient to get to — like the driveway or our bedroom. Of course when the wi-fi goes down, which it does MULTIPLE times every day, it all STOPS working at which point the antenna on our roof becomes the smartest device we own!

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    • Fandango July 30, 2022 / 4:46 pm

      My WiFi is pretty reliable, it’s PG&E, the power company, that is not.

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  6. leigha66 July 31, 2022 / 10:49 pm

    Some times you need to give in to your wants for some peace of mind.

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