Recently, Grenville and I upgraded our “dumb” phones to smart ones. Grenville always got a big laugh in saying that his phone was so old it had a rotary dial. Take a minute and think about it.
We avoided an upgrade 2 years ago, but once again our contract was up. So it was time to consider a change.
We use other Apple products (iPad and MacBook), so we choose an iPhone. Rather than the “bargain” iPhone 4s, we opted for the most current (for now) model. iPhone 5s. We go the distance with contracts; our previous one was so old that it was grandfathered.
Grenville’s has the gray back model; mine is gold which only reflects the case color, not its cost. Thankfully, we qualified for upgrade pricing too, so the phone was (way below) retail cost. However, they are still pricey, so enough said.
Of course, with cell phones there are always accessories. Grenville’s is a red flip case. My choice was a wrap-around protective case in my favorite color — purple, both ordered from our favorite online retailer, Amazon.
And considering the cost of similar items at the phone store, these were big-time money-saving bargains, always a great thing for us.
Talking about cost, it seems that with the price of these devices, you would hope for a How To Use guide to be included. Sadly, as is the case today for most all electronics, camera, etc., there was only a very small one. So it was back to Amazon for an “after-market” manual; this one has over 500 pages. If we read it all, we should know a LOT about the phones — maybe even before there’s a newer model.
We won’t upgrade before 2 years, which also gives us time to master texting. Yes, many have been texting for years. No, we never texted on our older phones.
Texting has its own language, Emoji, with lots of images (not all “smiley or gloomy” faces) called emoticons that many add in their text messages. FYI, it’s found on the language keyboard of many smart phones and other devices.
Wonder if there’s a Rosetta Stone ® program for Emoji — Can you Emoji?