Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Magic Camera Phone

I love gadgets.  Recently, I purchased the iphone (I know, a little late in the game) and love all of the apps that you can download right from your phone.  I had a scratched up Palm Treo for about 5 years and have been using it even when I need duct tape to keep it together and need to use the period key to put spaces between words since I had a broken space bar.  I have been putting off buying a phone where you are forced to use a data plan since I think that being away from the computer should be just that...being away from the computer.

One of the biggest reasons I wanted an iphone is for the "Roadside America" app.  I know it's silly to buy a phone just for the app, but how am I going to know when I will stumble upon the largest ball of twine if it's not listed on a map!  I look forward to exploring the odd, largest, smallest and one of a kind roadside attractions on this trip.  Once I plugged it in on my phone, I found out that the world's skinniest house was located within driving distance from me!  How amazing is that?!  Just what I was looking for!

Mostly, I didn't want to experience the time I got lost in South Dakota and drove around for hours only to camp in a place in that was going to be the center of a severe thunderstorm.  That was an adventure.

Also, you can download a fun app that takes photographs from your phone in old hipstamatic style, such as the two on this blog that I took.  It might be old news to you, but it's a pretty amazing little computer...this iphone.  I am not sold on the coverage and service so I will also have a pay as you go phone from Verizon just in case I need to call for help while a bear is knocking on my tent door.

I wonder if there's an app for that?


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