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I adore gadgets that make life easier. It could have easily become a problem when I first started cooking from scratch because there are innumerable kitchen gadgets I might have found enticing. However, I had to draw the line somewhere. Kitchen storage space is not infinite, after all. So I decided long ago that when I purchase a gadget it has to not only be cute and useful but has to perform a function that something else can’t. For instance, I really found that an egg slicer was sort of a waste of space for me when I could do the same job with a knife. And that gave me more room for my spiral slicer which makes wonderful raw veggie spaghetti from zucchini like nothing else I own can.
My latest purchase has me as giddy as a schoolgirl though and it has to be one of the most affordable things I’ve bought for the amount of joy it is giving me. I just have to tell you about it. You see, I’ve always been concerned about the radiation emitted from smart phones, and even more now that Igor and I have decided to give up our landline to save on monthly bills. There are a couple of family members who I do tend to have long conversations with. The thought of holding an uncomfortable smart phone up to my head, having it get all hot on me, and then having to worry about accidentally disconnecting the call with my big cheeks, had me thinking of ways to deal with it. So I bought a blue tooth headset which sat in my ear and worked really well. But I actually lost it after only a few months. Those darned things are so small that they are easy to misplace and lose when you aren’t home. I finally bought another one but when I called an out of state campground to try and make reservations with it, the sound kept dropping and the person on the other end couldn’t hear me! I finally had to have Igor call from his phone without using a blue tooth device to get the job done.
Finally, I thought that maybe I should look into some type of headset like the old call centers used – it would sit on my head like a headband with a microphone and leave me hands-free. So I did some online window shopping and I found something I loved the look of even better:
It’s an Echo Logic Retro Handset that plugs into your smart phone’s headphone jack. At first, I just laughed. How totally cute and retro! Then I read the reviews and was very intrigued. Many mentioned the comfort and nostalgia of using such a handset, how they didn’t have to worry about accidentally hanging up on someone with their face, and how well they could hear and be heard, as well as being able to cradle it on their shoulder just like with the old phones they were designed to resemble. While it didn’t leave you completely hands-free, it DID allow you to use other apps on your smart phone while using it since you didn’t have to be holding the phone up to your head. You could actually be looking at your phone and doing things on it at the same time. All this, PLUS reducing the radiation you were exposing to your head made me decide it was worth a try for a purchase under $10 (and with free shipping because Igor is an Amazon Prime member).
I received the handset yesterday. I am in love. It is super comfortable, a bit lighter than the original handsets would have been, but perfectly shaped, features a sturdy cord with a decent length, and I can hear the phone ring through the speakers even when I leave the handset plugged into the headphone jack. I had to call a few people right away and I felt like a teenager on the phone with her besties! It was so much fun! I talked to my niece and was able to look things up on the internet at the same time as we were talking, and I was able to type notes for some crochet ideas I had as well. I seriously did not want to stop using it. Normally I can’t wait to get off the phone when I’m using the cell phone so this is a big thing for me. It’s one of those things that you just want to buy one for everyone you know. Igor sort of laughed at me when he saw what I’d bought. But after he tried it out and I seriously told him that I thought it was one of the best purchases I’d ever made at that price, he seemed impressed as well.
I’m definitely going to order some of these as gifts for friends and family. But I have to run now. Call me! 🙂
P.S. For a funny story about what happened when I first got my smart phone plus a free pattern, see The Phoney Drip post.