Monthly Archives: January 2013

My New Android Phone is Everything, Except Maybe a Phone

Now that I’ve figured out how to swipe and tap, I’m dancing my way through emails and applications. I’ve downloaded my nook, added some songs and, overall, having lots of fun with my new device. I’ve even figured out how to make a call and it’s a process. Turn on the device, swipe to unlock, tap the phone receiver button, tap the contact list, scroll down to find the contact, and click the phone icon. Oh my, that’s six steps! I guess I could tap in the number, if I can remember it, but only eliminates a couple of steps and increases the frustration when my finger accidentally taps the wrong number.

Better still, now that I’ve figured out what the icon for a missed call…whaaaat, I missed a call???? I didn’t know it rang! Oh nooooo!!! What if it was a guy asking me out? I impatiently tap the log icon and yes, it was he. Did he leave a message? Where, oh where is the voicemail icon???? Of course, it isn’t on the call log. I finally find the voicemail button which has no distinctive marking at all and frantically hit, pound, and then finally tap the icon.

Uh oh..now the phone is making a strange noise, rather like it’s drowning. I finally figure out that is actually ringing. Now, how do I answer it? Tap, no doesn’t work, swipe??? As I exasperatedly try out all my new dance moves, the call goes down for the last time and drowns. Quickly, I tap the log, only to find out it was my would-have-been date. I attack the elusive voicemail button yet again and find only his original message. So now I am dateless and it’s all my new phone’s fault!!!!

My new smartphone can do everything I can imagine wanting it to do….except handle calls! What’s wrong with this picture? I’m now the proud owner of a brand new device, but I wouldn’t call it a phone.

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The Android Diaries, Part 3

1/1/2013   It’s a new year and a brave new world among the androids.   As I start to play, otherwise known as exploratory test my new phone, I discover that it’s like dancing.  I must learn a whole new series of movements.  When I turn the phone on, it says “Swipe to Unlock”.   So what’s a “swipe”?  So I go on the web and locate the definition of swipe.  Here’s Merriam Webester’s definition:   Definition of SWIPE. 1: a strong sweeping blow <a swipe of a paw> 2: a sharp often critical remark <took a parting swipe at management>.   Ok, so now what do I do…attempt to hit it with my “paw” or make a nasty remark at it?    After a few attempts, I find that an android “swipe” is rather like a doing a waltz with one’s finger.  I would define it as a glide.   However it is defined, so be it.  Now that I’ve mastered the “swipe”,  it’s time to learn to tap.   Hmmm, I wonder if my old tap shoes are still in the attic?

The Android Diaries, Part 2

12/31/2012   Having thoroughly researched both the iPhone and Galaxy S iii, and learned that the only real difference is size; screen of the Galaxy S ii is larger.  Since my arms won’t grow any longer and I don’t always wear my glasses, I even more confidently return to the store to purchase my Galaxy S iii.  Now the most important choice…color.  Of course, I want a white one that must be brought in from a store 40 minutes away.  When it finally arrives, the geek must transfer most of my contacts from old phone manually since the old phone is so outdated.  Then he shows me how to download music and I’m off to join the android world.

The Android Diaries, Part 1

12/30/2012  Having made  my new year’s resolution to become more technical,  even though it is not yet the new year, I decide to start early with the purchase of my new smart phone.  As I confidently head out to the AT&T store, I’m contemplating Apple vs Android.  At the store, I listen in as the phone geek behind the counter shows an older couple how to use a smart phone and shows them differences between the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy S iii.   After hearing some of the pros and cons of both, the couple decides on an iPhone.  I ask if I can download tunes on the Galaxy and the answer is not from my iPod but there are 6000 free songs available online.  Can I download the books from my Nook?  The answer is yes.  And seeing the line of customers behind me become longer and more impatient, I leave the store and return home to research both smartphones on the internet.