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In a survival situation, what comes out on top—Apple's must-have gadget or a caveman's tried-and-true tool?Raise your hand if you're one of those obnoxious folks who ostentatiously pull out your iPhone in a darkened setting, just so you can feel other people's seething jealousy when they see the pale blue glow of the Jesus phone reflecting off of your face. (It's OK to admit it—you're among friends. Plenty of BP staffers are guilty of all charges.)
Shelter:In six out of ten categories, Grog's wooden stick trumps the iPhone when it comes to wilderness survival. But we're not so sure. An iPhone's considerable weight might make for quite the hunting projectile, and don't tell me I can't mesmerize a bear (or any other wilderness menace) with a quick demonstration of its simple, intuitive interface. Bears love that.
Any Girl Scout worth her cookies can build a lean-to out of some deadfall, but it takes a true iDouche to trust a trendy Apple product to shelter him from anything but the inability to Twitter right up until hypothermia sets in. Score: iPhone 1, Stick 3