Monday, January 17, 2011

Can The Terminator Be Far Behind?

Allow me to introduce my newest love/hate relationship: R2D2, also known as my new Android phone, a late Christmas gift from Collin. He got his Android a few months ago. I wasn't interested at first--too complicated. But the more I saw of his, of what he could do with it, I began to think Android was definitely for me. What can it do? There's not much it can't do!

It has the capacity to write and edit manuscripts via Think Free Office. I have access to six e-mail accounts. I have Skype Mobile. There's a camera and a media player. One app gives movie times. Another connects to the Weather Channel--weather warnings can be received on the go (after all, if there's a tornado coming, I'd like to know about it before I can see it). Amazon provides a free Kindle app, as does Barnes & Noble for Nook--e-books to go! Audible also has a free app, and I love digital audiobooks. I have a Bible app that gives me access to a collection of Bibles at my fingertips--literally.

The best part, however, is that I can store and work on my manuscripts on the phone. It has a full QWERTY keyboard, but it also has voice-to-text capability. I can dictate my manuscripts and the phone will type them for me!

But since I am one of the most technologically-challenged people in the world, I knew it would take me a while to learn to use it. I'd played with Collin's phone a bit, but I was still hoping he would be home for at least a day when I got it. I didn't want to be alone with it. Not yet.

He spent four hours setting it up Saturday evening, adding all of the desired apps, ringtones, etc. I love personalized ringtones for my contacts. For William, that ultimate alpha wolf, the sound of howling wolves. For another friend whose last name is Crowe...crows, of course. For Collin, a lifelong pro wrestling fan, what else? John Cena's entrance theme! For fellow church members, Carrie Underwood's Jesus Take the Wheel. For my writers group, Natasha Bedingfield's Unwritten. For my alarm, a crowing roosterAnd the list goes on.

He showed me the basics...and then he left me alone with it. The last time I felt so apprehensive, Collin was a newborn baby and we had just come home from the hospital. I was thinking, I'm not ready for this!

I really wasn't. That wasn't just panic talking. I couldn't figure out how to compose an e-mail. I could answer an existing message, but not create a new one.(Collin later explained that this was what the Menu icon was for.)  I was clumsy in using the slide-out keyboard--almost dropped the phone half a dozen times in one day. (Good thing I opted for phone insurance.) But my lowest point came when I had to call the couple with whom I usually go to church.

I didn't know how to make a call on my new phone!

Seriously. It took me at least fifteen minutes to figure out how to use a phone to make a phone call. I was about to go for my simple little flip phone, my trusty backup phone, when I finally discovered a way to make that call. My phone and I made it through that first twenty-four hours, but it was touch and go. I just have to remember one simple rule: if I get stuck, I go for that back-up key!


  1. Norma, I've been saying it for a while now: THE MACHINES ARE TAKING OVER!!! :)

    You really do bring up a good point about growing with technology. There's a reason why young people today adapt to new stuff so quickly, and that's because they are able to build off of what they already know.

    If you're an adult who is just now jumping from a traditional cell phone to a smart phone--God help you. I will say that the learning curve isn't overly steep--you should have it licked in no time.

    I'll offer this bit of warning, however: Once you start using the smart phone crutch, you'll never be able to go without. On the bright side, placing calls is probably the thing I use my phone for the least. :)

  2. At least, you've taken the time to figure some of it out. I have yet to figure out my digital camera.

  3. Norma, I so relate with this post. I just bought an Epic from Samsung with all the bells and whistles, and I'm also overwhelmed. The technology learning curve is giving me mental cramps. I enjoyed reading about your experiences with your phone. It rather encouraged me to keep trying. Thanks.

  4. I was sitting in the waiting room at the doctor's this morning. Three of the five of us was playing with their phones for the whole half hour before the doctor could see me. The other was reading her Kindle. I was trying not to fall asleep. I'm technologically doomed.

  5. Also technologically challenged, and now I'm in the regression mode-- where I actually returned my Smart phone and exchanged it for one that actually does nothing else but place telephone calls. Just a phase, but I like knowing a little more than my phone.

  6. Oh, you've got me laughing with this one, Norma! The machines are indeed taking over.

    The parallel of not feeling so apprehensive about something since bringing Collin home is priceless.

    "Wait... there was a time when all phones did was make a call?"

  7. Don't let the phone know it puzzled you. You'll never hear the end of it.

  8. @ JoDee: Our phones are related! Mine is a Samsung Intercept.

  9. Give it to a 5 year old...they'd be able to figure it out for you in no time...

    BTW, I'm still in the Middle Ages...mine flips up...!

  10. I love Android but I don't think just the machines are taking over . . . Google is taking over.

  11. Hmm. I've been wanting an Android, but I wonder how long it would take me to figure things out. I'm not electronically capable. But it sure sounds like a great gadget.

  12. I am severely technologically challenged, but you've given me hope:). Maybe an Android will be my next cell phone. It sounds incredible!

  13. Maria, if I can learn to use a crock pot, you can learn to use an Android!

  14. I am your newest follower from the blog hop~ Not only that but I got a new android or my first android shall I say before Christmas..And I had such a hard time with it at first..Which surprised me since I am usually good with phones and technology..However For some reason I have the hardest time texting on this thing..Which isnt cool since I mainly text whenever I can avoid talking on the phone lol
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  15. @Norma: Great blog, hon! Wow! Sounds li you had had a difiult time of it. I understand. I want an Andriod phone, but am afraid of tht I will take forever on learning how to use it. My Sidekick phone is so simple of it's menu to access my 4 e-mails, texting, phone calls, FaceBook app, notes, calendar, call log, address book, event log, tast log, camera/vid cam, media player, calculator, animated screensaver, and games. The roll ball accesses it instead of needing to type buttons or touch the screen to access any of it. So, no possible touch screen sensing issues when trying to acces my phone's apps and such. :) It is a crappy phone in how well it works, but it is cool of way of accessing it's features. I soooo want an Android phone. Just hope it is easier to access of features. Give me a computer, no problem. Lol. But, give me a phone, it is difficult for a slight bit of time. Don't feel bad about it having taken a bit to learn it. I think that that can be normal. :)

  16. My wife is just the same as you. She's not a techie person really. That's why she finds it hard to use her new sidekick that I bought last month. But that's absolutely normal. I told her that she'll get used to her phone, and now, she loves it so much!


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