August 24, 2010
A couple weeks after I got my new work PC, I got a new phone, trading my much loved purple flip phone for a Droidâ€”the Motorola version with the slide-out keyboard, because I just didnâ€™t think I ready to go all touchscreen all the time (despite the fact I do just that in my car, when Iâ€™m not talking to my car to tell it what I want, that is). I only used my old phone for calls and a very occasional text message, so adjusting to this new smarter device has been quite something. The first day I had it, I was sitting in the parking lot at work and having trouble getting it to pair up with Sync in my car, and thought Iâ€™d just have to Google for help when I got home. Two seconds later, it hit meâ€”I could Google for help right there, right then, FROM THE PHONE. Amazing. (Stop laughing, all you early adopters.) I added a few apps right away: Gmail and Facebook, followed soon after by Twitter (which I donâ€™t use any more on the phone than I do from my desk) and YahooMail and ColorNotes (how much do I love the checklist feature on that? very much). When I get bored, Iâ€™ll go looking for more, but for now Iâ€™m content. There is a bit of an issue with my work e-mail, which sometimes shows me the subject line of one message with the body text from another, but Iâ€™ve got someone on the case. So far one of the most useful things Iâ€™ve done with it is whip it out to look at the Google Doc which lists my nail polish collection while I am in the store contemplating buying a color that looks slightly familiar. No more getting home to find Iâ€™ve bought something I already had (or carrying around a printout of my inventory, which I did do for a while). My challenge now is to not become one of those people who interrupts conversations to look things up on the internet (unless the person Iâ€™m talking to is doing the same, in which case, I bet I can find it faster).