Note: Story not actually incredible.
So last month a friendly chick named Kate contacted me from Womworld/Nokia, offering me one of their smart phones (the e71x) to try out for a few weeks. I don’t usually respond to unsolicited pitches, but my inner gadget geek was excited to mess around with someone else’s phone and see what this 3G talk was all about. Since there were no strings attached, no money offered, and no review demanded, I decided this was a pitch I’d relent on.
People who know me in real life, especially my family, will tell you about two of my annoying habits: Picking up, and subsequently getting lost in, any magazine lying about the premises; and picking up, and subsequently screwing around with, your new cell phone. It’s just a thing I do. Give it here, lemme look. Same applies to cameras, Kindles, and laptops. I’m very careful, and I like to think I’m considerate, but put it away if you don’t want my paws all over it.
So I put my paws on this e71x, which is like a smartphone for business people. It has a camera and e-mail and messaging and GPS: everything most phones have these days. It’s cute, a good palm size. I liked the camera (practically double the pixels of my Samsung Alias) and how clicky the keyboard was. I liked the shift key on the Qwerty keyboard.
But actually using it made me feel like a Neanderthal. I couldn’t figure out where to find where my phone number was, or how many minutes I’d used, or how much data I’d consumed. Maybe it’s because I’ve spent the last *counts on fingers* 12+ years using Macs. Or it could be the five years I spent organizing, designing, and presenting information to readers. But in terms of usability, I thought the user interface was clunky, that navigating the menus was awkward and weird, and that the icons had gross names like “App. Mgr.”
Admittedly, my experience with anything other than Samsung/Verizon phones is limited to the point of nonexistent, so maybe this is de rigeur. Maybe I’m being too fussy. But I hope maybe in the next iteration the software can match the hardware.
(p.s. my working title was “It’s not an iPhone, but …”.)
That said, I’m glad Nokia gave me the chance to try it out. My first cell phone — in 1999, I think it was? was a Nokia, and I have very fond memories of it.
Photo by Splityarn.
Splityarn is one of the flickr users whose account I stalked last winter when I was getting all knitty again. Then my knitting obsession faded (as all my obsessions do: they wax and wane and wax again) and I did a massive contact purge and I fell out of that loop. (Knitting pun? YOU TELL ME.)
But I have been building up my newsreader and flickr contacts again, and I noticed Splityarn had a new blog AND a new shop. When I clicked over to see who did the pretty site design, I saw they had a featurette describing the process of taking Splityarn to the next level. (And also read that Caro has a book on the way!)
Then I started another one. I don’t know why. Stop asking me questions. Let’s go look at pretty pictures.
(Do you tumble? Tell me your handle and I’ll follow you.)
What up, nerdbirds. I got an invite for Google Voice yesterday and I’m trying to figure out the point of it.
From what I can tell, you get to choose a new number, then have your home and/or cell phone forwarded to that number. It takes voicemail and transcribes it for you and you can send and receive SMS from the web. I think. You can call out for free, too, though I’m not sure if your phone co. still charges you for the call. The interface looks pretty much just like Gmail, which I’m comfortable with.
Anyway, I claimed a number and am wading through the blog for tips and ideas of why this makes more sense than just giving everyone my cell number.
If you’ve got a GV account and have figured it out, let me know what I’m missing. And if I decide to keep with it, I’ll let you* know the new number.
*Well, not the whole internet, although there are widgets that would let you call me right from the blog, which, WEIRD, but also NEAT.
Another new theme in play, for those of you clicking through. I have some little changes to make but Owen is hopping around on one foot waiting for his turn to play lego.com.
If the blog still looks the same as always, refresh the page (hard refresh: shift-cmd-r) and you’ll see something new.
In the midst of trying out a new theme. I might be changing things back and forth today; also, I need to roast a chicken. Continue reading
I’ll be messing around with Supafine today. If things are wonky, well, you’ve been warned. If things are totally rad, this post will self-destruct.