Earlier this year I got Motorola Moto Q smart phone (Verizon) for work use. It has a tiny but viewable
screen on it... First ride home, I surfed to The Weather Channel's weather radar map... Joy! Now I have an on-bike first line of defence against the weird and unpredictable weather we have here.
So now, I can clip it to the waistband of my bike shorts, and if what's up ahead looks kinda dark & stormy, I whip out the Q and press MENU, then UPDATE. New map fills the screen at 270KBps.
Tell you this... It's made me faster. I get to the lake on my after-work rides, I see that big green-bodied red-eyed monster lurking on the small screen... I rocket on home faster than I ever did back when I had no idea what was out there.
One caveat: I also get e-mail on this thing. It's tempting to check new messages while I'm out on a deserted stretch of rural two lane blacktop. Every time I try, though, I end up drifting around on the road just like the distracted drivers that we all curse. I've made it a point to log out of OMA before I head home.
No mail is good mail.
On a semi-related note: The last time the phone rang, and it was for me, and I was happy to be receiving a call... I was probably 17 years old. These days, phone rings because someone has an emergency, wants to get me to do something I don't want to do, go where I don't want to go, annoy or harass me... So I don't answer the phone after I leave work. Ever.
I only use it during the summer, as I need to know the weather for my business. During the winter when I am teaching, I have my office computer to tell me about the "big green-bodied red-eyed monster". LOL! I loved that line!