Wonderland

Ever feel like you're living in Alice in Wonderland when it comes to buying a new smartphone? Either I'm shrinking or these new phones are growing.

In this edition of Ask Maggie, I offer some advice for buying a new smartphone that doesn't require a crane to hoist it up to your ear. And I explain why Nokia's new 41-megapixel technology is on such a lame OS.

Dear Maggie,
I've been using the iPhone since it first came out and have not looked back until recently. Now I'm considering switching.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Sony Electronics Sept. 7 said they are partnering for consumer and retail education, promotion and marketing support of in-home 3D devices and content, including box office hit Alice in Wonderland, which will be released on 3D Blu-ray Disc this fall.

“Be what you would seem to be -- or, if you'd like it put more simply, never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”
—The Duchess, “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll

As I read the above quote from Alice in Wonderland, I thought it aptly explained what recently took place in a land called Las Vegas at CES. After all, it is what lies inside the rabbit hole that counts.

Even a seasoned veteran of national mood and trend patterns such as myself will fall prey from time-to-time to the kabuki theater going on in front of him. There can be times when the irrational tilts in favor of covering the rational and reality. What better place for this to take place than the land of make-believe? 

Make believe you are in Paris. Make believe you are in Venice or at one of the great pyramids. Pretend you are a high roller. Pretend you’re single; got married; got divorced, all in three days. Where else but Vegas can you see more magic and illusion in 15 square miles than anywhere else on the planet? Where else can you attend an industry show whose participants wear a Cheshire cat grin on their faces like a traffic cop who just pulled over a leggy blonde in a Corvette convertible. (Got another Alice reference into the commentary.)

in many ways, the “future” as we pictured it several decades ago never arrived. There are no Skypads—such as the home George Jetson, Jane his wife, daughter Judy and son Elroy lived in (Yes, there’s the space station, but it’s for astronauts only). There are no compact space cars or jet packs to tool around the galaxy, either. Yet, as imaginative as that cartoon series was, even its creators couldn’t have imagined some of the products available today. Personal computers, digital cameras, HDTV and so on, really are products of the future, now available at retail. But with the exception of the internet, most

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