For Christmas, we gave Li’s dad my iPhone 5. it’s the first time he’s had a smartphone. For us, we’ve been using smartphones for a while. And of course, if you know me, then you’ll know that I’ve been using smartphones for a long time, going back to the late 1990s with the Blackberries as the portable email devices followed closely with the Samsung i600 smartphones. Those were the days I used more Microsoft products and they were designed for the geeks, not really for the average person.
Today, there are geeky phones, but Apple has done a really good job of making technology accessible and usable by the masses. When there’s only a few buttons to press or touch, things are a lot easier to learn and explain. Watching him use the iPhone as an email client and a voip client for the first time and seeing how he interacts with the phone, I can see his mind expanding as he realizes there are so much more a phone can do for him. He uses the camera a lot taking pictures of Richard obviously. But to see him realize that he can send those pictures to his son in China so easily is awesome. He’s becoming more connected. I think he’s going to get spoiled with our wifi and 4g lte service while he’s here. He just asked for music on his phone too :)