Disconnecting

New York is so hyper-connected that people check their email in the shower, but there some renegade Gothamites who don't own — and never use — a cell phone.

— NY Daily News: New Yorkers are hanging up cell phones and plugging into landlines

I’ve said it before: I don’t think being constantly connected is a good thing. I’m under no illusion that there is a real trend away from heavy use of smartphones, but maybe there should be.

Life is a series of tradeoffs

I wouldn’t have given up unlimited data unless I could swap it for something I wanted even more than the ability to stream Netflix 24/7… something that hadn’t existed during my previous five years as an iPhone owner.

A great Android phone.

— Andy Ihnatko: Why I switched from iPhone to Android

Use whichever product’s tradeoffs are acceptable to you. Save the emotional investment for things that really matter.

Red Light, Green Light

One nice feature of some Android phones is the ability for apps to choose from a few different colors for status light notifications. Facebook flashes the LED in blue and Evernote flashes green to notify you a note has been synced — subtle touches that convey useful information about app activity.

Along these lines, it would be nice if the Google Talk app used a red light when you receive a message while your status is set to Away and green when Available. I feel comfortable waiting to respond to messages when my status is set to Away. You would have to turn your screen on to see which app triggered the light if you have several that use the same color, but it’s no different from every app using the default LED color.