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This weekend, I broke down and bought an iPhone.

Finally upgrading from my 3 1/2-year-old phone turned out to be a bigger shock than I had imagined.

I enjoy the modern perks, of course: clean interface, texting with a full keyboard, squeezing an MP3 player and phone into the same device. But, come on, any $300 phone should come with those features nowadays.

The aspect that really blew me away: mobile Internet access. Plenty of today’s smartphones offer on-the-go web access – I just didn’t realize how big a deal it was.

In only a few days, the feature has completely retooled the way I seek answers. When I hang out with friends, our conversations inevitably hit questions that none of us can answer. These don’t have to be deep thoughts – who was that actor? how do you pronounce edamame? where does ‘baby corn’ come from? Yet, in the past, these mysteries always either led to me cautiously accepting my buddy’s “well, I heard that” explanation or to the discussion-stopping response that “I’ll Google it when I get home.”

That was often the end of it. I’d forget to research the topic, or worse, my friend’s harebrained explanation would settle in my mind as verified truth.

But as of this weekend, desktops are no longer my only key to the Web. Now, answers lie in my pocket.

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