Warning to Verizon customers: Your privacy is under attack!! Read the linked article or details. We have 2 Verizon cell phones. When I checked the settings documented, BOTH LINES HAD SPYING TURNED ON and we NEVER OPTED IN.
It’s time to replace my phone, a Motorola Droid. I decided to try an iPhone this time. Android is OK, but just OK. To me it feels like a Windows XP system – clunky though functional. Since I am really happy with my Macintosh computers and have had no trouble with my 4 year old iPod touch, so I decided to try Apple’s phone. I went to a Verizon store (our carrier) and they want $200 . Then today I saw an ad for Best Buy offering the same phone for $99. Both have the same 2 year Verizon contract. Neither has the phone in stock. So I placed an order at Best Buy, they will call me when the phone is available, time frame unknown. OK, my old phone still works.
The Prescott Best Buy was pretty busy. In front of me was a family where the 70-something grandfather was buying his first smart phone. His grandson was showing him how to use it. I commented to the middle generation that I thought it was great that their dad was open to learning to use new technology. We tried for years to get my mom to use email, but she never did.
I got a new cell phone yesterday, a LG enV2 from Verizon. I wanted an iPhone. But we use Verizon because they have good coverage while out in the “boonies”. My husband’s railroad job takes him to the boonies often. A working phone is far better than a fancy handset with no signal. We have 2 lines that use the same pool of air time. So, no iPhone for me.
This phone has a camera, removable micro sd card (bought extra, of course), it opens up and has a keyboard. And it even places and receives phone calls.
Update 27 June 2008:
I like this phone. When I was looking at phones, I wanted a simple phone that had a camera. Gary liked the enV series phones (he has an older one) and he wanted me to get one too. On his phone, the buttons on the outside are hard to read. On mine, they are larger. Many of us who are over 50 (or perhaps over 40) have difficulty seeing the controls on the very small phones.
I’m not a heavy cell phone user, I don’t get email on it or use it to access the web. I have a MacBook Pro for that. I have used the camera in the phone a few times. It’s nice to have a real, though small, keyboard for entering names and numbers. I do know how to text, BTW, but I find it less appealing than email or voice mail.