My New "Schmart" Phone
#7 from the Professional bucket list “Learn to text and tweet from a cell phone” seemed like the most challenging, given my sorry level of technical prowess. So I decided to tackle it right away.
The first step was to find a new phone. The one I was carrying was the freebie phone from when I moved to Boston in 2007. If I was capable of phone shame, I’d have had it. All that phone was good for was talking to someone.
Hey! Wait, isn’t that what a phone is supposed to do?
Maybe in the Dark Ages. A phone used to be able to get away with just sending and receiving calls, but now it needs to do everything but take out the trash. And there are so many different kinds of phones available–slides, blackberries, iphones–my head was pounding so hard, I thought it might just roll off my shoulders from the strain of trying to pick one. I finally decided to take the one that confused me the most–the Samsung Vibrant.
This thing comes pre-loaded with the movie Avatar (I kid you not! I can’t imagine what the flying sequences are going to look like on that little screen, which is HD, BTW!), an Amazon Kindle, Slacker Radio, a camera that shoots panoramic shots and videos, all the Droid apps I’ll ever want (Facebook, Twitter, a web browser, a GPS, TV shows, a dictionary and a Bible–you name it, this phone has it!)
I was scared to death of the thing.
While the salesperson was showing me all the features of my new phone (which meant he was swiping and punching at such lightning speed, I had no hope of learning what he was doing), the phone rang. He handed it back to me. After all he’d shown me this phone could do, I still had no idea how to accept a simple incoming call.
But like any new relationship that starts out a little rocky, I believed things would turn around once I got the phone home. After a couple hours of frustrated fiddling, I was ready to return it to the store. But my DH, ever the peacemaker, suggested I sleep on it before I make a decision.
He was right (something that happens with alarming frequency!) The next day, I figured out how to text my daughters. Amazingly enough, it was emfun!/em It felt good to learn something new. I was so encouraged by my success, I also learned to tweet from my phone. I sort of submitted my tweets twice, so it looks like I’m stuttering, but I’m getting there. (BTW, if you tweet, I’d love to follow you and vice-versa. http://twitter.com/Mia_Marlowe )
Emboldened by my success, I tried taking pictures with my camera. This is the view from the park in front of our building. I love watching the swans on the Mystic River. Still haven’t figured out the panoramic feature or how to do videos, but if I give in and read the manual, I expect it’ll become clear to me.
In the days to come, I’m sure I’ll learn more things this phone can do for me. Eventually, I’ll wonder how I ever did without it.
And I wonder how long it will be till I watch a two hour movie on it…
Anyway, I think I can mark #7 on the Professional list as “done.”
How about you? Have you learned a new technical skill lately? What was it? How has it made things easier for you? Or harder?