So you think you want to take the leap into the next generation phone. Yeah, okay. Let me tell you the ups and downs and ins and outs that I’ve experienced. You probably won’t learn from me. We don’t do that as humans, do we? We have to leap in and figure it out for ourselves. Or try. Or throw our hands in the air, screaming and cursing, and wondering wildly if we still have a grace period to return it for that mere $35 or so. If you are determined to take the leap – and I was – then prepare. Oh, honey, prepare.
I had a blackberry. I was fine with it. Did all the things I needed a phone to do. I could get my email, send text messages, take and return phone calls. Then our company changed vendors. I received another blackberry, and all of a sudden, it was a blackberry dud. Couldn’t get facebook, forget twitter (which I wasn’t doing anyway), emails might show up. Answering it was an effort in frustration. Could have been the new company (I found out when I changed my service that it was a reseller of a reseller. Go figure.). Could have been the phone itself. But I hit a brick wall with frustration over the dang phone.
After struggling for several months, and feeling that I had been left way behind in the growth of technology, forgotten and left adrift, I made the leap to the Android – and paying for my own service, which was a huge deal to me. I have never paid for my own phone service (gulp – am I growing up?)
Then came the learning curve. Damn. Send an email. Type (or is it called something else?), look for a send button, look up to see that two out of ten words are spelled correctly, remember to type a little higher on the “C” button or I’ll get the “space” button, backspace and correct. Backspace and correct again. Find the send button again. Then try an email. Or go to the camera. How do I change it from video to camera? Then forward the pictures to an email address. Apps? Really? What are the free ones? Can I change them? How do I get them on the home screen – or the other three home screens? Once I download them, and slow the phone to a crawl, how do I get them off of the phone?
Okay, I’m purty smart. I can go to Verizon‘s website (or AT&T, or Whomever) and find tutorials that will allow me to learn this an easier way. And I’m learning. I’m even beginning to like it. Two weeks after I got it, I was going to return it. Except I was on a cruise in the Baltic. Not that near my store. I think this ended up being a good thing. My husband tells me I’m addicted. I’m just trying to figure the thing out. This is not a phone. Its a computer which allows you to make phone calls. I’m reading books on it – which has increased my book costs. But I’m getting there slowly. I’m even beginning to understand why people look at their phones all the time. But I’m not addicted.
Any horror stories among the other vibrant women about learning curves? Tell me the hardest part for you. Be brave.