Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New toys

Have I whined about my cell phone in a while? I don’t think I’m allowed to do that any more.
Gone are the days of the phone-that-does-nothing-but-call.  Really, nothing. No camera. No Bluetooth headsets. No web browsing.  Not even a chintzy game.  It placed and received phone calls.  And performed its duties honorably for over 5 years. Yes, 5.  My cell phone is an antique.  Not quite a car phone, though (remember those?)
It kind of like my car:  I didn’t want to replace it until I had to.  My car’s 7 years old, now, btw. With last week’s cell phone purchase, I have now owned more cell phones than cars.  This one is phone #3 (I’m still driving car #2).
I actually didn’t have to replace my cell phone (*gasp*).  My husband had to replace his.  After spending an entire weekend “updating” itself (and running out of battery half-way through the update, then re-starting), it quit behaving at all like a proper little phone.  Some days it would not respond at all to any buttons (even the power button).  Some days it would buzz at him and then shut itself down. 
He needed a new phone, so I got one too.  After all, I’m the one who’s been drooling over friends’ web-browsing, calendar apps, texting, cameras, etc.  Hubby really just wanted a phone that made calls, but he refused the offer of my old-but-functional one, LOL.  Funny, but we had the same discussion when his old car needed help.  I wanted the big fancy kid-hauler, and he wanted something less soccer-mom-ish. But he declined the offer of my Accord, so he’s driving the new Highlander and I’m still in my car.  Hmmm…
We both got the new HTC Evo’s.  I’m going to have to buy a pink case for mine to help me tell them apart :). They were both activated last night, and I got Facebook and Twitter and my google account all hooked up and running.  I think he may have been downloading games or possibly an Android SDK.  Not really sure.
Ok, so I do get one last cell-phone whine.  There is no way to transfer the phone numbers from my old phone to the new one automatically.  Really, none.  No, the old phone doesn’t have a data cable of any sort, and No, the Sprint folks can’t do it for me either, even for a fee. So I have an hour or so of manual text entry to do so I don’t lose people.  Guess that’s the end of that little rant, huh.


flatflo said...

If you use the gmail contacts, you can probably link those to your phone. That way you have one main phone book and if you update on phone or on web, all are updated.
I love the capabilities of my iphone. Driving to and around Denver with my SIL last week, she got very envious, though she is not one for gadgets. It helped us get un-lost, find open houses in neighborhoods she was interested in moving to, and answered a trivial question in a snap. I am now a proselytizing believer in smart phones!

Kristi said...

I haven't used the gmail contacts before. In fact, in order to set up the Google Calendar on the phone, it forced me to create a gmail account, LOL. Like I needed another one (I think I'm up to like 5 or 6 separate accounts, not counting all the aliases I could set up on one of our two family-owned domains).

But still, I'll probably check it out. I spent half an hour letting the children run amok last night while I transferred the phone numbers I had from the old phone (and some from the house phone as well).

Anyway, still loving my phone. Hoping to try out the "Sprint Navigation" GPS feature tonight as I have a meeting in a part of town I'm not familiar with.

And, I downloaded both the Borders and the Kindle apps last night. Had hubby's phone died two months ago, I might have skipped the e-reader and gone straight for a smart phone (though the e-Ink screen is much kinder on tired eyes than the EVO's)