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What happens when an iPhone addict is forced to use an ancient Razr V3 for a month?

Published Jul 3rd, 2014 1:43PM EDT
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It’s easy to forget just how awesome our smartphones are. Over the past 10 years, our mobile phones have morphed from being our primary tools for talking and texting to being our primary all-purpose computers that let us do things that we never imagined we could do with a device that fits into our pockets. Gizmodo writer Ashley Feinberg now has a unique appreciation for the greatness of smartphones after she decided to deprive herself of her iPhone for a full month and instead use the ancient Motorola RAZR V3, which just happened to be the hottest smartphone released in 2004.

So what did Feinberg find that she missed about her iPhone? Well, just about everything. Since she doesn’t own a printer, Feinberg found that she had to hand-draw maps off the Internet since the Razr obviously lacked access to Google Maps. The Razr’s 1.3-megapixel camera took godawful pictures that couldn’t be easily shared on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Oh, and not to mention that the Razr failed to provide “answers to every question, public transit info, impromptu flashlights, music players, photo editors, private taxi-hailers, your actual concert ticket” and other conveniences that we now take for granted as a basic part of smartphone functionality.

Was there anything she truly liked about using the Razr, then? Well yes, there was one thing: Really long battery life.

“During my month in Razr darkness, I had to charge my Razr a total of eight times,” she explains. “Eight times. In a whole month. That’s about two days’ worth of charges in iPhone years.”

Feinberg’s full report is tremendously entertaining and is well worth reading in its entirety. Be sure to check it out by clicking the source link below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.