Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Crazy Connectivity

After more than 10 years of faithful service, our Nokia “bricks”  finally gave up the ghost.  Last week, we went shopping for new cell phones. 

Holy shmoly phones have changed!  Lol!

Now they do everything but cook your dinner!  

I’m a simple mom.  And I was pretty sure I just needed a simple phone.

However, my family of device-loving guys thought I needed more.  (Funny how that works.)  So this is what I came home with… the Motorola Backflip.

Motorola BACKFLIP Android Phone (AT&T)

The jury is still out on whether it is a good fit for me.  Partly because the signal strength is only marginal at home, leaving me fighting to keep a connection to talk with my mom in Pa. 

And partly because we had to return the first Backflip we purchased for issues we later learned are common in the model.  This new one is working better.  But it kind of makes you wonder if it is only a matter of time...

Another reason I’m not sure if it’s the phone for me is that I keep calling people as I navigate my contact list.  People I didn’t mean to call.  How EMBARRASSING!!!! 

Worse, by the time I get the phone to recognize that I’m mashing the “End” button, the person I didn’t want to call is on the other end. 


Kind of hate that. 

I’m not sure if it is a problem with the device or the user.  Lol!  O.k. Definitely the user.  But either way, the fit is still questionable. 

I’m guessing that this phone is a social networker’s dream.  Facebook, Twitter, email, IM, and texting…these are just a few of the things you can sync up and have forever at your fingertips.  Like how I tossed the word sync out there like I know what I’m talking about?   

I added my Facebook account to see how it worked, and then ooooh’d and ahhhh’d over how cool it was to see what everyone was up to on the little screen.  However, when I realized that it dumped all of my “friends” onto my comparatively short contact list, I made haste to remove the link.  For me, locating and calling the right person was already hard enough! 

As it turns out, there is a limit to how much I want to “sync” up, and I’m still pretty much a simple phone kind of mom.  In fact, I would lean heavily in the direction of exchanging it for something with less aps.  Or is that apps? 

But I’d have to pry it out of my husband’s fingers.  :)

He, by the way, got a Blackberry Bold, which doesn’t seem to hold his attention nearly as well. 

Maybe we should switch??

So tell me, what cell phone do you use???


The Real Me! said...

OH I'm ALL about the simple part. I want to punch and dial. That's it. I don't use anything else on my cell phone. In fact I hardly use my cell phone and half the time I forget to take it with me. LOL!
I hope you figure it all out, it's a pain to learn something new.

Christina said...

I have a simple little LG (I think) flip phone that came with our two year contract with Verizon. : ) It's nice and easy to work.

It Feels Like Chaos said...

I hear you! I got a the Samsung version of a phone that looks and sounds similar to what you have a year ago. My old cell died a water death (and I can't even blame the kids, totally my fault)! But, I'm not loving the new phone. It does tons of things but I don't have time to figure out how to use all the features so I just don't. And the calling people I don't mean to call? Happens to me too! Drives me crazy! I'm just trying to scroll down on the screen and suddenly it's calling someone and yes, then I have to drag this thing over just to end the call and sometimes that takes me more than one try! The technology makes me feel old!