I resisted for some years. I never saw the utility in signing up for a scandalously expensive and horridly unreliable “smartphone” service which didn’t have nearly the capabilities that my always present laptop and its wireless connectivity did. However time marches on, the price has plummeted, and the service is a little more reliable (we’ll just have to see how my online reception is in the flatlands of Texas). Our cell phone service contract had just come up, or, our “new every two” thing happened. We were in the store and I was hanging back, staying close to the most basic phones, I never wanted this day to come. Still, the salesman was good (or, he wasn’t good but he was ‘unthreatening.’ The one thing my wife hates about salespeople is when she feels uncomfortable so this guy did not make my wife feel uncomfortable.)
Anyway, whatever the case was, we ended up walking out of the store with two LG Ally Smartphones. This thing has it all, it ran on the popular Google Android operating system and the accessibility with this thing is pretty good. There are still some kinks in it like the fact that a lot of the screens you have to go to are redundant. There’s nothing I hate worse that scrolling back over stuff I’ve already thought I’d closed down. However this smartphone graduation has taught me one important lesson: I get a lot of email.
The way the guy hooked us up with the Android O/S is that he asked us first for our Gmail addresses and passwords. He said that ‘synching up’ the email and the cell phone would import all the information from our friends and our Gmail contacts. Apparently all our friends have already been doing this for some time as many of our friends who were themselves Gmail customers had pictures, information, pithy quotes, and all sorts of other information online already, all waiting to be tapped by our new smartphones.
Still, the amount of email I get is a little distressing. Not just from my favorite content producers here at Associated Content, I just get a lot of email. I get emails from hotels, subscription lists I’ve been a part of, membership groups, social causes, Facebook, and yes, of course my favorite content producers from Associated Content. I guess I always knew that I get a lot of emails. I will delete two or three hundred in a day. It’s probably just that annoying little ping and notification buzz in my pocket which makes it all that much more real.
Still, I’d never want to stop getting email! Perish the thought!