Get Smart(phone)

Hmmm….I seem to be indulging my love of parentheses lately.

Warning: I may move on to ellipses next…

Okay, back to the post…

Over the weekend, we went to our wireless store to shop for T’s first smartphone. Given that she is about to head to Missouri to work at a grasslands field research station, she will need GPS and access to databases and such to help with her fieldwork. She also may need it for internet access from the place where she will be living, which does not have broadband available.

They were having a half-price special on an appropriate phone, which the salesperson referred to as buy-one-get-one-free…

So, the next thing I knew, I was getting my first smartphone, too.

It’s quite a step forward in technology for me, given that I was using a flip-phone that was so old the store didn’t have a connector to copy my contacts onto the smartphone. Fortunately, I didn’t have a ton of contacts, although it was tedious to copy them myself. On the other hand, it was a lot easier to type in the names than to push the number buttons the appropriate amount of times for each letter.

It is handy to have E here, as she has had a smartphone for a while and could help me learn how to use my new phone and how to delete or disable apps that came pre-installed, but that I don’t want to bother with. She also taught me important things, like how to silence the ringer.

This probably sounds funny to people who are used to using smartphones and other devices. I realize they are supposed to be intuitive and easy to figure out, but I am not very good at dealing with symbols and swiping and such. I do better with words and manuals with an index that I can read. Of course, those don’t exist any more…

I also don’t use my cell phone as most people do. My landline is still my primary phone number. Very few people have my cell number. I realize that most people want to be connected at all times, but I don’t want anyone bothering me when I am off doing something else. I don’t want a reminder call on my dentist appointment while I am grocery shopping or visiting my parents.

I also don’t text. That may change with T leaving soon for Missouri. I do use g-chat for messaging, so texting is a natural extension of that.

One thing that will be helpful is downloading the apps for some of the stores that I frequent. Recently, our supermarket decided that it would no longer mail out coupons. Having a smartphone will make it easier to download them to my loyalty card.

Who knows? Maybe I will go wild and start taking photos and streaming videos and texting all the time and playing games and such.

Most likely, not…
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Author: Joanne Corey

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9 thoughts on “Get Smart(phone)”

    1. It is getting hard to find basic cell phones these days. I was glad that there was a phone with fairly large buttons for when we need to replace my parents’ phone. I don’t think they will graduate to a smartphone!

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  1. This is literally me ๐Ÿ˜ฒ with my mouth wide open trying to wrap my head around the fact that you’ve never used a smartphone until now…..
    I use my phone for almost everything, including blogging, and I really can’t imagine not having it….

    Have fun with your new phone yh. Don’t get hooked ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. LOL – I think I am going to use my desktop or Chromebook for most of my computer needs, but the smartphone will be a big help when I do have to travel and don’t have wifi available. But who knows? Once both my daughters are far away, maybe I will turn into a texting fiend! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I am getting much better with my Smartphone, but there are still loads of Apps that I don’t quite understand! It is handy having a teenager who can explain it all to me! Have fun with yours, they do have a lot going for them! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Good luck with your apps! Right now, I am working on the basics, like how to silence the ringer and how to power down. The first time I tried to charge it, I didn’t get the plug in properly and didn’t realize it wasn’t charging. Oops! Fortunately, when I did get the connection securely, it charged very quickly.

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