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 rooster. And 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!