The shift to a cord-free lifestyle wasn’t a gradual one. For some people, the realization that having a bunch of cables tangled around your feet, or around your body, or coming out of your pockets just isn’t the easiest thing to deal with on a daily basis came out of nowhere. It may have been a slower realization for some folks, and there may even be some of you out there who don’t mind a few wires here and there, but it seems that the wireless way of life is here to stay, at least for the majority. That last bit is what I got from a recent Verizon-branded commercial I saw on TV. I’ve seen it a couple of times, and while I originally thought it was bad in the sense that it wasn’t really showcasing a phone, like it was supposed to, I realized that maybe they were going for something else entirely.
And that new outlook on the commercial wasn’t about the phone itself, or even the “blazing fast” speed of Verizon’s 4G LTE. No, it was the fact that everything that was happening in the commercial is happening sans any wires. The phone isn’t connected to the computer with any wires. She’s not connected to the phone in question by any wires. And, extending from that, she’s listening to music wirelessly, too. Impressive, indeed.
Which got me thinking, how many of you out there are really part of the wireless movement? I’m sure some of you out there have got a few wireless gadgets in your home, like your keyboard, maybe your mouse or maybe something else entirely. Going wireless is pretty easy these days thanks to Wi-Fi, or even Bluetooth in some instances. And the easier it is the more people are willing to do it. If there are a lot of steps, and it all leads up to some pretty lackluster experiences, then it’s not going to be picked up by anyone. But thanks to WiFi, our experiences aren’t getting diminished too much with the cutting of the wires, so to speak.
I think a wireless life is pretty essential, to be honest. First and foremost, I think the more gadgets you have, and the more cables needed for those gadgets, the more your area is going to look cluttered, if not entirely messy. I mean, even if you’ve only got a laptop and cell phone next to you, the cables can extend over the floor, bunch up or even curl around themselves, and you can have a mess on your hands pretty quickly.
But the trade is pretty obvious, especially if you’re someone who likes to transfer data wirelessly. You started with wires at one point or another (at least I imagine you did), and so you know what I’m talking about. While it might be a mess to have wires laying around everywhere, we can all admit that transferring data from a device to your computer, or vice versa, is all pretty quick thanks to the likes of USB, or FireWire. While being connected to WiFi may speed up the process a bit, it’s still not as fast. And Bluetooth is an option, too, but that can be pretty hard to sit through, depending on how much data or media you’re trying to transfer at any one point.
But having the general freedom that wireless provides is important, too. Especially if you’re someone who likes to listen to music from their phone, but don’t like to have a cable sticking out of your pocket all day. Having a Bluetooth headset is essential, and there are some pretty impressive Bluetooth headphones out there, from some pretty large manufacturers. But, for those who care more about quality than cable fighting, keeping your device and headphones physically tethered by a cable makes all the difference in the world.
So is that what it always comes down to? Freedom of movement, lack of clutter; versus the ability to capitalize on speed and quality, delivered by a direct connection? And if that is the case, why are some people choosing one thing over another? This is where you come in, dear reader. Have you switched over to the wireless lifestyle, and if so what do you use on a daily basis that’s completely wireless? And if you haven’t switched, why are you staying with the wired crowd? Let me know in the comments below.