Friday, June 4, 2010

Connected, finally...

Several years ago, I decided to give up on ever trying to be technologically up to date.  It wasn't exactly a conscious decision, but more like something that just happened, which I allowed because it was easier and cheaper than getting up to date.  Tonight, Matt and I changed that... we got ourselves cell phones!  I know what you're thinking, that we have to be the only people on the planet without cell phones before now.  You'd probably be right.  I knew when I saw my 80-something grandfather with a cell phone that it was time.  That's been several months ago now and I'm just not getting around to getting up to date.  Better late then never, right?!

I decided that if I was getting a phone, it was going to be a smart-phone or nothing.  I need to be able to connect, a phone for me is so much more than making phone calls.  I want to text and connect to my social networks!  I want to tweet and Facebook or it's not worth it.  If it were just for making calls it just wouldn't matter, I don't get that many calls and the only person I really talk to on the phone is my mom.  Smartphones are amazing!  I looked at several of them before deciding on what I got, the black myTouch 3G Slide, while Matt tottered back and forth between the Blackberry and the HTC HD2.  Eventually, the badass touch phone won out over the blackberry, so that's what he got.  For me, there was never any question.  When I saw the myTouch 3G Slide I was in love and that was that!  We got them at Wal-Mart and got a really good deal --saved ourselves almost $100 over the internet price.

It wasn't until I tried finding a gel skin for my new phone that I learned that the myTouch 3G Slide is a brand new phone.  Apparently myTouch 3g isn't, but the slide is.  So, I couldn't find a case anywhere.  Wal-Mart didn't have them, so we went to Hastings who also didn't have them, we even checked Radio Shack who had a ton of skins for every phone under the sun except mine!  Matt's phone is also a brand new model and it came with a gel skin, so he wasn't searching high and low for one.  I ended up ordering the one and only case for sale for this phone and it cost me $30 (which I wasn't particularly happy about, either).  Fortunately, it's cute! It's pink and black plaid, which is totally my style!!

The phone itself is awesome!  It has both a touch keyboard and the QWERTY keyboard.  As the name implies, it slides up (I suppose you can see that in the pic, huh?) which is really neat.  The phone came with a bunch of fairly standard ringtones, so I'm going to have to figure out how to get some more.  I could buy them from t-mobile but they'll cost me $2.50 each.  I am not paying $2.50 for a ring tone!  I'd like to get Lady Antebellum's I need you now, but not for that price.  So, if you have any info on where I might get cheaper ringtones, let me know.  I might be willing to pay for them if I didn't think I'd just get tired of them in two seconds and want a new one.  If you read this blog, and you've seen how many themes I've had in the last year, you'd understand what I mean.

Anyway, one of the cooler features, in my humble opinion, is the "Genius" button.  This thing is awesome.  It allows me to make calls with a simple voice command.  I can call anyone in my directory by saying their name clearly.  I haven't tried to call anyone who isn't in my directory with it, so I don't know if that works or not.  It's not just calls, I can do other things too, like send texts, find businesses, and search the web.  I don't know how much use I'll get out of it right now, but I may use it when I get more comfortable.  Oh, also, the phone has "Swype," which is that fastest texting in the world thing you see on commercials.  I sort of hate it, so I don't use it, but it's there if I ever decide I want to try it.  Maybe if it had a stylus it'd be easier, but as it is I find the swype thing to be more trouble than it's worth.

Ultimately, I figured out how the thing works (for the most part) and have enjoyed playing with it.  One of the funnier moments had to be when I sat trying to figure out what the "Barcode Scanner" app was for.  I never did figure it out, so I just let it go.  Then, later, while searching for apps on the Android Marketplace (my phone works on the Android engine) I could not figure out how to download them.  There was no install button, though it said they were free.  Then it hit me... the little bar code on the screen, that's what the barcode scanner is for. I tried it out and it worked... like, duh, right?!  I can be so thick sometimes.

Okay, anyway, enough rambling.  I'm tired, so it's off to bed for me.  It's already 2:30am, which is several hours past my bedtime (ha, bedtime).  I emailed my new number to a lot of my friends, but several of the emails I sent came back (like, Shannons).  So, if you didn't get an email from me with my new number and you want it, email me and I'll send it your way.  Like as not you were supposed to get it anyway, my email address book isn't terribly up to date.

Good night!