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Knowing your capacity

The difference between wanting and needing

This is what he had been excited about, this device that the salesman in the shop said was the creme da la creme and everyone wanted one. The thirty two gigabyte that comes as internal storage, means it was much more of a premium gadget than the one that came with sixteen gigabyte he explains to me.

“It will connect to my BMW, so i can make hands free calls. How cool is that?”

I sit there and smile and listen to him explain to me all the things an iPhone can do.

“So, have you uploaded a lot of music?” I ask with curiosity.

No, I am not a big fan of music to be honest. Any music I do have, I keep separately on my MP3 player and take it out with me on my walks. I do not want to be messing about with devices and having my music all over the place”.

I look at him with horror and then ask — “What about the camera, have you tried to use it? Have you been making the most of it and sharing them via email or picture messaging?”

He looks at me with real confusion, as if to visually say — why would I want to use a camera on a phone?

“No, I do not use a phone to take pictures. I purchased a new Sony camera in Dubai and do not really want to setup my email on my iPhone, as it is a bit complicated to use.”

This is my worst nightmare. I love gadgets but get frustrated when people buy the latest technology and do not fully utilise the capabilities or even understand their purpose. Purchasing the latest item of tech to some,is more about showing off, rather that understanding the differences they are able to make to our lives.

There are people in my life that won’t understand what I mean or understand the problem with the scenario I have outlined above.

Let me try and explain one aspect, and that is regards the storage capacity on your iPhone.

A phone has internal or external memory. This memory is used to store information and can work like a car boot (trunk for American friends). Put simply, the bigger the boot the more junk you can store in it. A BMW 3 Series for example, has up to four hundred and eighty litres load space for you to try and cram a suitcase, pram or whatever takes your fancy. Some of this space is going to be used up with the essential items that come with the car, such as a spare wheel or first aid kit. Thus, reducing the overall load capacity and space for your personal “stuff”.

An iPhones storage memory is similar to a car boot. It comes with allocated space and the core essentials take some of this up. So with an iPhone, you may purchase a sixteen gigabyte phone. One gigabyte is made up of one thousand megabytes, so a sixteen gigabyte, phone will have sixteen thousand megabytes.

The average phone will require space for the essentials, similar to a car. Hypothetically, this might be three gigabytes. Leaving you with thirteen gigabytes to store your own information.

The average music or photo file on an iPhone could be four megabytes. That means you could store over three thousand songs or pictures combined. But then you need to leave room for applications. If you are like me and have over ten gigabytes of photos and music, that would not leave you with a lot of space for anything else.

I am a big fan of the Path app and that takes up over one hundred megabytes and eats into space for photos and music. Path is just jut one app of many on my phone and if they all take at least one hundred megabytes, I am going to run out of space fast. My books take up nearly one gigabyte and a single game can take over two gigabytes. Do you get the picture ?

The bigger the storage capacity does not make the phone any better or faster, it just allows you to store more.

Son, when you are old enough to buy your own gadgets, cars and watches — I want you to think about what you are about to embark on. You will go through peer pressure and desire, as your peers apply social pressure and influence on what is deemed “acceptable & cool”.You need to make your own mind up and be your own man. Try and make your decisions on need and not want. Where the wanting does creep through, go for personal preference not social acceptance. The small decisions, make us what we are.

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