Yes, I’m a designer. Yes, I’m an Apple fan. No, I don’t have an iPhone. In fact, I don’t have a smartphone at all. The usual reaction from people when I tell them this is one of shock and disbelief. So many people ask me “Why?” that I just decided to blog about it. Well, let me explain…
What I do have is an iPad with 3G, and it’s everything that I need. Here in Canada, iPhone plans cost roughly $60 per month on a three-year contract (and I hate contracts). I rarely call anyone — when I do, it’s over Skype, or I’ll just use the phone on my desk at the office. I’d wager that 90% of my correspondence is done through e-mail, Skype, or even Twitter DMs.
I do have a pay-as-you-go phone, which is certainly not an attractive piece of kit by any means, but I use it so rarely that I often forget to keep it charged. The pay-as-you-go phone costs $15 per month, and the iPad data plan is $20 per month. Combine the two, and it’s $25 cheaper per month than just an iPhone alone.
The second reason why I have an iPad instead of an iPhone is for travel purposes. The no-contract plans available in many countries mean that all I need to do to get Internet access abroad is to purchase a pre-paid SIM card and pop it in. When I travel to the UK, I usually choose the £10 pre-paid SIM on the Three network, which gives me 1GB of data for up to 30 days of use. It’s perfect, and I’ve never exceeded the limit on any trip so far. They’re even available straight from vending machines at Heathrow airport — no credit card required.
I do have a retina iPod Touch, as well as an Android phone with Wi-Fi turned on for testing websites with.
The only downside to having an iPad is the size. I’m well-used to people making fun of me for taking Instagram shots on my iPad (or Magic Baking Tray, as some people say), but I’m not bothered. I do agree that it isn’t the most convenient thing, though, so I was pretty thrilled to see the release of the iPad Mini last week. I’ll be giving my current iPad to my mom, and a shiny new 16GB iPad Mini with Wi-Fi and 3G will be showing up on my doorstep in late November!