How to Care for Your Smartphone

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have triggered the OCD gene in all of us.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOtto66

"But it's mint condition garbage!" I'm guilty of the screen protectors, but past that my OCD slides

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRJ

Mint condition garbage....

That sums up the electronic devices in my household.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjack

Your phone can play a concert by your favorite band, or run your favorite movie.
Your phone can unlock your car.
Your phone can tell you exactly where you are, and how to get to your destination.
Your phone can take you to the internet..
It can check your stock prices, and buy or sell.
It can take pictures and send them.
One thing it will NEVER be able to do:
Make you have anything more interesting to say.

August 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I've spent 20 years slapping the fingers of anyone who dared to leave a grubby mark on my monitor, then some geeky wiseacre decides to invent touchscreens.


August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I can see the use of a Ziploc'ed smartphone:
"Hello this is Scott, I'd like to order your 10 gallon oxygen supply tank plus mask. Can you please deliver it to me within 50 seconds? I'm 4 meters down in the pond next to the Wallmart five blocks away from you"

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJan S

smart phone <-> dumb consumer

The Yin and Yang of technology.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFormerHostage

Mint Condition Garbage: isn't this the entirety of the "collectible" market?

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

This strip sums up my life.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSimes

As funny as this one is, I think this is a rerun, Scott. O_o

Note from Scott: It ran on Cracked about a month ago. It is new to this site. Some of my comics run in a few newspapers 30 days before the go up on the site. Some run on Cracked a week or two before they go up on the site. Others just go straight to the site. Sorry for any confusion this causes, but I gots to pay the bills, and nobody pays to run a comic the same day I do.

This complements today's Dilbert very nicely.

I used to worry about having the latest and keeping it pristine, but as I have gotten older the desire to have the latest and greatest has followed the law of diminishing returns. Dating myself, but I remember the thrill of my first 100mb (yes, megabyte) harddrive (as no NOT a floppy drive). I never thought I would do enough to fill that thing for years. Now 100gb HDD seems small.

Note: I still keep up with changes. I have done the website thing, the client server thing and I (a "Microsoft" guy) have a moderately successful iPhone app in place, but the iPhone I use is an early model.

Hmm...don't think my OCD has gotten better. Wow, time to shut up now!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Other than the fact that I paid $40 for my Otter protective shell for my new HTC Desire HD (which totally rocks btw), and that the Otter case looks almost as good as the phone, this describes my recent foray into the smart phone market !? Also, doesn't Missy have a phone she can use to show Scott how its really done?!

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

I have lots of mint condition garbage.
But my father one ups everything.

He has this tread mill that's been with me before i was born (24 years ago) and now it's all wrapped up and sitting useless and all (along with 4 once spoilt now 'restored' mint condition garbage laptops and 5 box 'mint' condition TV sets sitting in the study room + 2 'mint' condition shelves.. I think you get my point!). He still insists that it (super dead treadmill) is not spoilt and blames it on my mother who has OCD cleanliness that he can't run on it because my mother will scream.

I think.. they're both a horrible match to begin with.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFaeleia

The funny thing about the outdated thing is, at least in the case of the iPhone, ti's shockingly untrue. I sold my last iPhone (an 8GB 3G) when the iPhone 4 came out and got 230 bucks for it, more than enough to cover the cost of the subsidized iPhone 4.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBobman

Where do you want us to read the comic, Scott? Here or Cracked? I'm just looking out for you, man.

I just recently removed all protection from my OG Droid. Ah, the freedom!

Note from Scott: Either way helps me. I will point out that if you ONLY read Basic Instructions on Cracked, you'll be reading about one in four of the comics I actually create, but you'll read them first.

I'd suggest reading Cracked because you enjoy Cracked, and looking at the comics of mine that are there as a sneak peek of what's coming to my site in a couple of weeks.

I used to have a fifty cent screen protector and a big silicone cover on my phone, but I'm just enjoying the smallness and coolness of my phone now and trusting the tempered glass and my own carefulness. We'll see how that works out for me.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRandy

Hah! Being a damn, penny-pinching cheapskate has finally benefited me (albeit slightly). I would *like and enjoy* playing around on a smart phone to view the Internet, text, etc. But I am too cheap to want to pay somewhere around $50 - $120 a month for the privileged to do so. It may look pathetic, but my circa 2005 dumbphone with its pay-as-you go minutes in which I spend perhaps $3.00 a month for minutes (that is $36 a YEAR (which I still spend somewhat grudgingly)) for my cell phone calls.

What I really hope is that someday I will find a benefactor who will give me a smart phone and pay the monthly fee and then I can play around with the phone and text and visit the Internet and talk.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

I got my first cell phone a few months ago so I'd have one in case of emergency. So far, no emergencies. If I want to look like an idiot in public places, I can do that without the help of technology.

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I'm not sure, but for some reason, this reminds of 'How to Release and Ancient Evil' [smirk]

August 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Hamburger

Panel 2 I think you could change the line to: "...I bought this protective case to keep it FROM looking good forever"
maybe that's just me

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

ah, the devilbox. don't own one. have no plans to.
if all goes well, never will have one polluting my presence.

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Many, many Basic Instructions make me smile, but this one had me laughing out loud. Kudos!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAces
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