Tuesday, June 30, 2009

iPhone, You Phone, We All Wanna iPhone

Two years ago, on the even of the expiration of my two-year cell phone contract, Apple released, and consequently redefined the cellphone industry with the iPhone. I found myself battling the allure of techno-lust while seeking to submit all that I was and had been given to The Kingdom. I reflected briefly on the peace I found in this victory after choosing to renew the contract with the bargain bin Nokia 2600 that is given free with contract.

Two years later, with the allure and popularity of the iPhone expanding tirelessly - 40+ million units strong, with 1 million of the awe inspiring 3GS sold just recently in its first weekend - I find the battle waging once again. Once again, I must evaluate all that I am and all that I have been given. What are the most responsible uses of my resources at this point in my life? What is the difference between vain amusement and a wholeness in my life? These are unavoidable questions.

Much to my suprise, two years later, these questions are increasingly easy to answer. I am able to peer past the allure and see value in paying off Elena and I's combined college education free of debt before either of us graduates. Even further, I can clearly see that in my context the added expenses of the iPhone will not contribute to a wholeness in my life.

It is on that note that I can report I am a proud owner of the latest version of Nokia's 2600 bargain bin handset. I am proud because the previous model served me so well and the latest model has a bigger screen with better visibility in various lighting, better battery life, is slimmer and lighter, and now even has the frivolous conveniences of a camera and bluetooth.

On the iPhone front, it has been interesting to follow Apples deliberation concerning the distribution of apps of pornographic nature. After two yours of fairly strict enforcement, though vague long term policy, there is finally clarity in Apples decision to not distribute porn or inappropriate content. My guess this is less an effort to impose moral guidelines and more an effort to retain a sense of seriousness and professionalism in the content of the App store.

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