En Español | One of the questions I'm often asked is, "Do I really need to switch from a cellphone to a smartphone?" My general response is that it depends on what you're going to do with it. A recent road trip from San Francisco north to Eureka, Calif., made the case that these gadgets are not only useful but indispensable in this day and age.
My best friend of more than 40 years and I were able to put together a rare weekend without wives or business to head up to visit his daughter at Humboldt State College in Arcata, Calif. I had my iPhone4. He was traveling with an LG 4G LTE Revolution. Where we were headed, however, there were plenty of spots where we'd be lucky to get any service.
We headed north from Berkeley in a blinding rainstorm, comparing directions from the VZ Navigator on the LG and the navigation program from Navigon on the iPhone.
Once we swung over the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge past San Quentin, it was straight up U.S. Route 101 for hours
En route, we figured we'd better look for some place to stay, so I googled Hotels.com for a motel in the Eureka-Arcata area. We finally agreed on a Quality Inn right off the freeway in Arcata. With a couple of clicks, we made our reservations and were set to go.