What to do if you didn't buy an iPhone 5

Summary:Thousands are in line at Apple stores and carrier stores to buy a shiny new iPhone 5. Millions of others are anxiously awaiting the brown truck to bring their preordered iPhone 5 to their door. For those of us who aren't getting an iPhone 5 today, here are some activities to help pass the time.

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Millions ordered an iPhone 5 the minute it was possible, and those folks are now waiting for the truck to pull up with their magical new phone. Others headed out before the sun came up to stand in line at either an Apple store or some carrier retail outlet. This has caused production to grind to a halt in the real world with all of these people out of pocket.

If you aren't getting a shiny new iPhone 5 today don't fret. Your existing smartphone is still as useful today as it was yesterday. To take your mind off the fact you're not getting a new iPhone, here are some simple activities that will bring you closer to the smartphone in your pocket.

BlackBerry. While you may feel a bit removed from the tech advances you can only read about, your precious BlackBerry is still a fine smartphone. To bond anew with your phone with its great keyboard, today reach out and make contact with others like you. Start a BBM chat with your one friend who still has a BlackBerry. Your choice to forego the iPhone 5 will be validated with this simple move.

Android. There's no way you would be caught dead with an iPhone, so today is much like any other day for you. To celebrate your superior choice in mobile tech spend some quality time with your Android phone. Prove to yourself yet again how much better Jelly Bean is than anything that could ever come from Apple. That's only if your phone is one of the few that actually got a Jelly Bean update. If not, maybe today's a good time to root your phone and install a Jelly Bean custom ROM. Then get familiar with how much better it is than those fruity phones.

Windows Phone. You already know your phone is better than the iPhone, so today spend some time staring at the mesmerizing updates of the live tiles on your home screen. Those little squares never stop updating, a miracle of modern technology. Try to avoid the realization that Windows Phone 8 will be the best mobile OS on the planet, as that will only bring you down when you remember your phone won't ever get that update.

All smartphones. No matter what phone you are packing, today put it to good use to celebrate how wonderful it still is. Head out for a tour of places you've always wanted to go, and use your phone's navigation system to get you around town. This will give you quality time with your old phone, with the smug knowledge that your maps are better than those on the iPhone 5. This won't work if you have an old iPhone if you've already updated to iOS6, as you may end up going in circles.

Topics: Smartphones, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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