September 14, 2009


That's what I call it. I bought one. Like in the ads. It's pretty cool.

My cell phone is a little piece of crap that cost ten bucks 5 years ago. It has tons of functions, like ringing when a call comes in. And, no, that's about it. When I travel it doesn't work, and I refuse to lug a laptop around anymore because they're too heavy, and I really don't know how to work them very well.

I knew I had to get something, though. I have an increasing need to be able to check email and the internet for information when I'm on the road, and long plane trips have convinced me that a little music might not be a bad thing. But the problem so far has been twofold: I can't see worth a damn, and I have Gumby fingers. I watch others fiercely blackberrying away, and snort in derision. If I were to send you an email on a blackberry, it would look like this: dkgheia aeihtai ahgiewtsld. And then some swear words.

But. This iPhone thingee is better. It has big colourful squares on it. Like a preschool toy. I like that. You can turn the keyboard sideways, and while I will never be composing much beyond 'stop beating your brother and turn off the stove', at least I can accomplish that.

Oh. And it has a camera. Melissa, my Yukon buddy, used one the week we were away. She was having a serious love affair with it, and taping little videos with it. I thought this was pretty goofy, until I saw them. Very neat. Except the one she took of me dodging back into the bathroom of the hotel room as she did a little tourism video, highlighting the fab hotel in Dawson we were staying at. I was nekkid, and she was laughing so hard she nearly dropped the phone/camera. Anyway. I could very well be the next Youtube sensation. With videos I might take, silly, not that one.

It has a map thing in it. I am always, always lost. Now I shall be found. It has apps. I can say that now I know what it means - applications. The boys are rolling their eyes as they try to enlighten me. When I brought it home, Ari fell over and grabbed it. He offered to set it up, and I told him to go for it. In ten minutes, he was asking for my Visa card. I of course figured he was scamming me, and shut him down. Turns out you do have to use your Visa card so they can charge you if you get all carried away adding apps. Half of the 5000 available are free; I'm pretty sure I'll be interested in the free ones, because I'm not a 17-year-old boy.

The iPhone is lovely and non-elitist. It comes with a cord you can hook to your PC and it zips your information right over (like email lists and music downloads) and doesn't even make that face when it realizes you bought a PC instead of an Apple. Unlike those sullen little sh*ts at computer stores who preach Apple like they've been ordained instead of hired.

Anyway. It took me a long time to finally sort out my Olympus camera (but, it was worth it - check out the Yukon pics), so I'm giving myself a little time to figure out the iPhone. It rang this morning, and it took me 3 rings to a) understand that noise was my cell phone b) find the button that answered it (you do little slidey motion with your Gumby finger), and c) stop yelling into it because it wasn't necessary. All things in their time.

I call it MiPhone.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have a miphone, but I have figured out how to take pictures with my phone!
I too was quite happy with my old brick, it worked and I knew my ring. I even figured out how to text.
This new one is just too complicated, LOL
Now just to recognize my ringtone and it will all be good!!

Have fun learning


September 15, 2009 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but does it have a space bar?

September 16, 2009 5:46 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Okay, that was a low blow...

September 16, 2009 5:49 PM  
Blogger DJW said...

I have a bi-phone!

Flip it one way and its a phone, the other it's a full keyboard...with a space bar.

nyah! :-P

September 16, 2009 10:37 PM  
Blogger OmemeeOzzie said...

Two words, Lorraine: net book. 2lbs of everything at your fingertips...

September 18, 2009 7:41 AM  

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