Smartphones!

3 Nov

OMG! OMG!! Now I know what the fuss is all about with smartphones.

Let me rewind.

I was one of those die-hard functional people who still relied on good ol multimedia phones… you know… the standard phone/text/camera phone.  When the iPhone came out and people stood in line to make a purchase, I thought, ‘what a bunch of weirdos.’  I strongly believed Phones are for making calls and getting text messages.  Anything else could be accomplished on a laptop.Why de-compartmentalize my life  with one  gadget?

I don’t particularly love to run after technology the way people swoon over iPods or iPhones or ipads or kindles or netbooks or any other new craze that came along.  I might test it out of curiosity, but shelling $200 to $500 bucks for one piece of equipment that is not a flat screen TV is just not my thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I was tempted to get an iPhone but AT&T just scares me.  I am a Verizon lover through and through.  When the Droid came out, I was like aha!  Something I could actually sink my teeth into.  The Motorola design was so-so but the Droid OS was kinda cool so I thought I would get one – until I saw the price tag.

So I waited for the price to drop from $300 – to $200 – to $150.  But my wallet just refused to cooperate.

Then – a few weeks ago at a conference full of smart-phone loving web geeks and marketing people, my phone rang and I picked it up to shut it off…to the amusement of my fellow session goers.  They giggled.  Giggled!! At my phone. If it had been grade school I would have cried.

When I got home, I got online and got a droid…with a small d.  Yes, it is an LG Ally and free with a two-year contract from Verizon but I did not mind because (A) I don’t intend to leave Verizon and (B) I have never paid for a phone in my life.  I am that cheap financially conscientious.  (Remember we are in a recession and we need to live within our means).

Lil’ d arrived last night and I spent all evening playing with the thing squealing like a school girl when I realized the things I could do ( I don’t think I have been this excited since we got HBO AND showtime). The only downside is that the battery life sucks and I will have to get a car charger or something but whatever….I can now answer my phone with the techie pride I yearn.

I am never going back to the days of regular phones … not when I can access all of my six e-mail accounts, my blog, the almighty god google, weather, Facebook, twitter, eBay, amazon … I think my laptop is in danger of becoming obsolete.

On another note, I made my very first Korean dish.  It is called Pajeon.  It is a kind of seafood pancake.  I made Turtle try it first.  I figured if he keeled over then I would know it was not safe for human consumption.  I kid.

Also, I got this book called the Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives.  I read about it from another blog.  I am so sorry, I can’t remember the name of the blog …but I got it on Amazon and I just finished the first chapter.  It is by Lola Shoneyin (aka Wole Soyinka’s daughter-in-law).  She is talented in her own right and quite a humorous writer.  I can’t wait to finish it and give ya’ll the low down.

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27 Responses to “Smartphones!”

  1. El Divine November 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    hahahahaa…laffin so hard. d giggle moment made me throw my head back.
    ur fone is in Division 2 of tech fones, but its a gr8 start. welcome lol 🙂

    i read that book already, and its a fun read. the food,..um, im not adventurous so i’ll pass.

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 10:55 am #

      Dvision 2 ke? abeg for right now this one is d1 in my book.

  2. EDJ November 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm #

    Well welcome! I’m glad you have joined the rest of us in the new age of smartphones. Droid is a very wise choice.

    Yesterday my droid phone met with an unfortunate end after losing a battle with the pavement in front of my house. Quite sad. So I am back to using my pre-Droid phone which cannot really be called a Smartphone but resembles a Blackberry (which irritates me) and is sufficient for web, e-mail, picture messaging and a few other things.

    Now I’m suffering from Droid withdrawal so I have to get a new one tomorrow!

    P.S: that pancake doesn’t look half bad. Whats in it?

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 10:56 am #

      The pancake had a mix of crab, calamari, squid, scallops etc. You eat it with sauce made from cummin, soy sauce, chili pepper etc.

  3. taynement November 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    Geez, you are one of the people I make fun of. I didn’t know people still used flip phones! my own smartphone just quit on me today, sigh.

    Those pajeons or peons or whatever look really good.

    Isn’t that book supposed to be one of naija’s classics? I’ll add that to my post-MBA life to do list.

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 10:57 am #

      Laugh all you want…I am still trying to figure out how to budget the extra $30 that will show up in my bill….smartphones are just expensive jo.

  4. Tee November 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Lol @ you feeling like you were in Grade school…Sorry babe

    Welcome to the smartphone world.

    The book is an awesome read…Very very real…You gotta love it!

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 10:58 am #

      Thanks….i feel to connected all the time…it is almost impossible to put it down. I have not used my laptop since I got it.

  5. Anoda Phase November 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    hmmm…I see your knowledge/love of food is international…weldone you, but erm, I’ll pass too…lol.

    glad u’re loving ur new phone…welcome to the club.

    I’ll check that book out…I’ve heard of it, but didn’t know the author was in any way related/connected to WS.

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 10:59 am #

      I am almost halfway through…it is so intriguing ..”secret lives” is really all about secrets …

  6. Metoo November 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    O my goodness, I am a convert. I am actually a big techie but I have rebelled against smart phones because they are sooo expensive and people have become annoying with them. I just got me one!!!! I am loving all the apps. I am going to save up and move to the HTC Evo or whatever tops it when I get my money up…hurray fellow smart phone newbie!!!

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 10:59 am #

      see..people…am not the only one out there…lol.

  7. mpb November 3, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I loved that book! ENjoy.

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 11:07 am #

      Thanks.

  8. Caramel Delight November 4, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    Just one day, you will have to cook for me! It’s not fair, how time after time you keep tempting me with all sorts of dishes from all over the world!!!! Turtle is co lucky!

    PS Welcome to the dark side. I want the Blackberry Torch when it cools down a bit 🙂

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 11:19 am #

      He he he..if you are ever in yankee …specifically atl, abeg holla at me.

  9. joicee November 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Good on you! welcome to the world of smartphones.

    I’ll be waiting for the lowdown on the book..If it is good I’ll prolly cop one for myself

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 11:19 am #

      Thanks!

  10. Myne Whitman November 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    I still haven’t bowed. But I’m on the edge, lol. It will be a BB that I will fall for, or maybe an iphone, na ATT get me. My fear is that my laptop and writing will suffer. Now I can still write and go on the SM but with the BB, the crack may become too strong…

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 11:20 am #

      I just never got around to a BB. They seemed so … I don’t know…corporate. But I will warn you, once you get one, you are done.

  11. azazel November 4, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    U shud have gotten a blackberry

    • lucidlilith November 5, 2010 at 11:20 am #

      Maka why? Droids are all the rage!

  12. bawooteri November 8, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    My friends are giving the humiliation cause I’ve stopped using IT phones..
    They really embarrass me.
    I had fun here..

  13. Joxy November 8, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Droid rocks. My Hero’s the best phone I’ve ever owned. Love.it.

    • lucidlilith November 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

      Just googled it…i think it looks awesome!

  14. Ginger November 8, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Happy for you Luv. Its okay to treat yourself once in a while jare before this pple will give someone complex on top phone. My BB was stolen last month on its first day out. I shall stick to my Nokia classic for now 😦

  15. ibhade November 9, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

    *laughs @squealing like a child….& my wallet refuse to coporate……i understand you my sister…..why buy what you don’t really need abi?….BUT YOU NEEDED IT TO SHUT-UP THE GIGGLERS!…*grinning*…you certainly love cooking o…thats great! Turtle should count himself blessed ! *smiles*

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