Mrs. Claus finally convinced Santa to get me that smartphone, even though it was mid-January! Thanks, Mrs. C!
Yes, I am now the proud owner of a Droid X. After a little more in-person tactile research, I decided that the X’s larger screen was worth more to me than the slide-down physical keypad on the Droid 2 Global. And if/when I travel to Europe in the next couple years, I’ll just get a pre-paid phone while I’m there.
I did goof in getting a fancy new phone just a few days before leaving town for the Sundance Film Festival, though. I had grand visions of being able to blog from my new smartphone… which were soon thwarted by a somewhat poor experience with the WordPress app and the logistics of writing a blog entry on a small touchpad keyboard. THWARTED, I say! Also, I didn’t take my laptop because I didn’t know what sort of housing situation I would have, and didn’t want to risk losing my baby. The withdrawal was tough.
Top 4 things I missed while away from home for 13 days (in no particular order):
- My laptop
- My bed
- My husband
- My cats
Getting to know my Droid X before I left basically didn’t happen because of the (how am I still caught off-guard by this?) crazy busy couple days pre-travel. Some things were easy, but the interface introduced a lot of quirks that made me feel like an ID10T when it came to things like, you know, needing to dial a number. Durrrr. I was also overwhelmed by the number of apps available to download. I haven’t yet shelled out money for the birding app I want, but I did download a slew of essential free apps like these:
- Angry Birds
- The Weather Channel
- 3D Level
- Retro Camera
…and then I promptly lost all practical usage of my phone whenever Ben wanted to play Angry Birds. [Note: he is adamantly against getting a smartphone himself, but the fact that Angry Birds is not available for a PC is kind of crushing his soul.] He squished my high scores from the four levels I’d initially played and underwent his own withdrawal period when I left for the festival. Poor baby. He’s happy I’m home and that I haven’t yet broken or lost my Angry Birds console.
And the Sundance Film Festival? I have lots to say about it, so look forward to that (unless you have more exciting things going on in your life, which I really hope you do). I was able to use my Droid X as a camera and documented a crap-ton of moments for which I have anecdotes and probable lies to share. I uploaded a lot of those photos to facebook, and would have also to Twitter for my stalker-friends, but the default uploader application was being a bitch and so I gave up. Lame, I know. Hence the ID-10T Error title for today.