I have a mobile phone but not a smartphone. I don't see the point. If I make a half a dozen calls in a year it's as much; I doubt I've sent more than six texts in my life. Most of the time I'm out with it I forget to turn the damn thing on. I spend so much time interacting with technology in the house that I'm perfectly happy to take a couple of hours break from it. The phone is there for emergencies. My wife bought me a portable media player which must have seemed a sensible enough purchase as I used to have both a CD and a tape player but I've found as I've got older that I prefer to do without all of them. I'm content to read a book on the bus.
Talking about reading, she bought me a Rocket eBook way back in 1998 which I liked the idea of but never used much. She got me a Kindle, too, which, considering the number of years in between the two products, really hadn't come on that far and I much preferred the feel of the Rocket eBook; if it could have read PDFs (which was its main downfall for me and also a weakness of the Kindle) I would still be happy to use it. It had a backlit screen and a stylus and felt nice in the hand. Now I use a tablet, a Motorola Xoom as it happens, to read on. It's a little heavy but so much better. It also has the added benefit of being an actual computer although I hate that it hasn't got a real keyboard. I did have a palmtop for a while which I enjoyed but, again, technology moved on. The design was lovely and I was so disappointed that no one thought to go down that line.
All in all I own three laptops although two have seen better days, a netbook and a PC. The netbook was my wife's. It's Linux-based and she had problems with it so bought a Windows machine. I don't like the system much either having been a dedicated Windows user from the start. I'm not that crazy about Android either. I guess it's what you're comfortable with. The older I get the less I find I'm interested in acquiring new skills. I haven't customised my newest laptop in the slightest. I'm past all that.
Do I have a favourite piece of tech? The answer really has to be no. I use computers constantly for all sorts of things but all I really care about is that they work. I have no loyalty to any manufacturer. My latest machine is a Samsung Series 7 Chronos and it's a great machine. It's certainly the most expensive piece of kit I've ever bought and I'd be pissed if after spending £900 on it if it didn't meet all my needs and more. If it got stolen I'd be rightly annoyed but I'd just go and get one of the old ones, download my backup files from the cloud and get on with my work. The work is what's important. I think of computers like I used to think of nice pens. I have a lot of pens—I used to be quite the stylophile—but a pencil works just as well and that's mostly what I use these days when I do scribble anything down. To my mind a computer is just a fancy tool like a Swiss army knife. As I always have one to hand I'm just as likely to jot down a few notes on a laptop as I am to scribble in a notepad. They're a means to an end and not the end in themselves. It's nice to have nice tools but let's not make any more of them than that. Some writers have had "lucky" pens but I don't believe in luck. I certainly don't have a lucky computer.