My regular readers will not be surprised to learn that my old cell phone fell victim to my 4 year old, Andrew. I decided to look at the destroyed cell phone, not as a loss, but as an opportunity to upgrade to a 21st Century phone. I asked on twitter and Facebook what phone I should get and everybody recommended the iPhone, but when I started comparing smart phones, I fell in love with the Samsung Infuse 4G Android Phone (AT&T). It is lighter weight, has a larger screen, and costs quite a bit less than the iPhone.
I was a little afraid to tell my husband that I had impulsively changed my mind, because his job title at work is Technical Director, so I usually run any tech purchases by him. Being a geek the first thing he did when he saw my new phone was sweep his hand and say, “these are not the droids you are looking for”. Then he looked the phone over, played with some apps, nodded his approval and said, “I could call in an air strike with it”. Not exactly a function I was looking for in a phone, but I am glad that he approved.
One of the problems I ran into with my Droid is that there is not a lot of information out there (when compared with iPhone), and since I am over 40 I didn’t intuitively know how to use the phone (I am not even going to tell you how long it took me to answer it the first time).
Shortly after buying the phone we had a family gathering at a restaurant and I made what I thought was a strategic move and sat at the end with the young adults/teens. My plan was to let them play with my phone in exchange for teaching me how to use it. I walked away with a light saber app, the Imperial March ring tone, and an addiction to Angry Birds. Not really functions I needed on my phone.
I finally found a free guide called “These are the Droids You’re Looking For: An Android Guide” which helped me better understand my Android and how to cutomize it to fit my needs. And most importantly it explained how to get my iTunes on my Droid. Now that is a function I need on my phone. 🙂