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A Day in the Life of a Smartphone

Why you really don't want to leave home without one

Yelp! restaurant listing and review shown on Safari's mobile browser for iPhone.

The Yelp app provides local restaurant reviews and locations. — Photo by Gary M. Kaye

After that, it was hours of listening to Simon and Garfunkel on the iPhone's iTunes library as we headed up through California's spectacular redwoods. But as much as I was enjoying the open road, after four hours, I was asking, "Are we there yet?"

Finally, after checking into the hotel, it was time to pick up my friend's daughter and grab some dinner. Once again, we turned to the Android phone, this time using the Yelp app to find an Italian restaurant in Arcata.  Another click and we had a map and directions.

Carson Mansion

This photo of Carson Mansion was taken with a LG 4G LTE Revolution Android smartphone. — Photo by Gary M. Kaye

Next morning, the first order of the day was a decent breakfast. I'm a big fan of IHOP, but a quick check on the iPhone told me the closest one was 92 miles away. So it was back to a search on Google for "breakfast & Eureka."

That led us to "Chalet House of Omelettes."  Good choice.  Over breakfast, my friend pulled out his LG Android phone and regaled me with the Wikipedia history of Eureka.

I still wanted to see the famous Carson Mansion. This time the Android provided directions, and later took the pictures.

California's famous Route 1 out to the coast and through Mendocino's spectacular coastline.

The author snapped this photo of Mendocino's stormy coastline with an Apple iPhone 4. — Photo by Gary M. Kaye

Later that day, we wandered through the small area of Eureka known as Old Town. It was there that my smartphone actually proved useful as a phone, allowing me to get a call from a website publisher with whom I'd been trying to strike a deal. 

By the end of the day, it was time to catch up on my email on the iPhone, and make a couple of calls home.  Next day we headed back south, only this time we'd be a little more leisurely and split off from Route 101 to take California's famous Route 1 out to the coast and then down through Mendocino's spectacular coastline.


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