>Go, go, all-in-one gadget


With the launch of Samsung’s new Instict phone next month, Apple’s iPhone should be looking over it’s shoulder. This new all-in-one gadget bares a resemblance to the iPhone, but has a few new tricks as well. The differences that hold my interest are the keyboard size with larger buttons (but still touch screen) and GPS. Speculation has surrounded this release saying Apple is waiting until Spring releases this phone to come out with “iPhone v2” which also has GPS and modified options to solidify it as the all-in-one-multi-media king.

This presents the question, is all-in-one better than having all individual products? And, just who is buying these all inclusive products?

Dema, a long-time friend of mine, stood in line the morning the iPhone was released. Why? “Because I love having the newest gadget,” he says, grinning. He loves the ease and fun aspect of it, even when text messaging someone else. “You can see the entire conversation, rather than just the message sent to you. Makes it easy to text multiple people and never lose track of the conversation.”

Rob Felber agrees. “It’s a way to stay on top of technology,” he says. “Too many ‘toys’ are out there right now – why buy all of them individually when you can just buy one?”

Personally, I have a Samsung Blackjack II. It has GPS, email, Internet, music download ability… I don’t use it for any of these things. My GPS is in the back seat of my car and my iPod is in my room at home. I have had not so good of luck with phones in the past, and I am very hesitant to put so much faith in one piece of technology. It is my opinion people become too reliant on this new technology – and if you have this all-in-one gadget and something happens, you are left without any of your “toys,” as Rob calls them.

Which is better? Only the time on your new all-in-one phone will tell. (Bad joke, but I had to!)

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