Reality check! I just bought a new phone. Cell phones have just gotten more and more expensive. Unfortunately, you can’t hardly get “just a phone” any more. And, truthfully, after my friend and neighbor, Belinda, showed me all the apps that she had on her i-phone a couple weeks ago, it kind of got me excited about having some of those abilities too.
So, I bit the bullet recently and bought a Droid. As with most technology, I am only using a small percentage of the things the phone is capable of doing, but I am happy with it.
I like talking on a larger flat phone instead of the very small flip phone I had previously.
I am thrilled that I can now text mail — mainly because I can speak my text instead of having to type it on the very small key pad. On the downside, I was contacted by my carrier a few days ago and was told that I had done enough texts in the couple weeks I’ve had the phone that I should buy a plan so that I wouldn’t have to pay 20 cents for every text. So, I now have a five-dollar -a-month plan that will allow me to send 250 texts. I just hope that’s enough. (Have I ever mentioned I have an addictive personality?)
I found an app called Memory Trainer. I am enjoying “flexing” my memory “muscles” with it regularly. And my success with these mental tests has convinced me that I am probably not early Alzheimer’s as I had begun to suspect. That alone, is probably worth the cost of the phone!
And finally, the most valuable thing my new phone may be doing for me is preparing me for my next profession. There is a game app called Bistro Cook. On it you are a short-order cook filling orders which gradually increase in complexity as the orders also arrive at an ever-increasing speed.
Did you ever see the I Love Lucy episode in which Lucy and Ethel had jobs in a candy factory and the assembly line they were working on kept going faster and faster? Okay, then you’ve got a good idea of what this game is like. But, unfortunately, I don’t have Ethel … or the cute hat.
Is that your cell phone I hear ringing? You should go answer it … it’s probably a text from me.