I know everyone has been breathlessly awaiting to hear what phone I finally decided on!
I took the plunge and bought an iPhone.
First, I goofed and let my iPAQ battery completely run out. Not being good at syncing it on a regular basis (it was really a pain), I lost a LOT of information. Very, very sad day for me. I knew that I would need something that I would travel with on a regular basis, rather than just be an "extra" that I had.
Still up in the air about what phone to get, I called the phone company to get some options and found out that the price per month for the data package I would need for the iPhone was cut in half. Looking at the birthday money I got last month, plus the money I saved last week with grocery shopping (and a lot of encouragement from my husband), I decided to take the plunge.
When I got to the store, I found that the price of the model I was going to buy had been cut by $50 just that day! Praise the Lord!
So, when it was all said and done, I got my iPhone for basically $24 of our money, plus a little bit extra every month.
I still feel guilty splurging for a luxury such as this, but already (after just one day) I can see that I will be using this an awful lot. Just the GPS alone will be worth it! (for those of you who don't know me, I am "geographically challenged." This was a huge problem when I lived in the midwest, and everyone insisted on giving me directions such as, "Well, you turn west on E. S. 2nd Street, then go north on Main Street, etc..." I couldn't take it! I begged them to tell me simple "left and right" sorts of directions.)
I've already got Universalis loaded on my phone (I lost my subscription when my iPAQ went dead... truly, a sad day) and iPieta, as well as a barcode scanner. I'm sure I'll be finding tons of fun apps as the days go by!