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Smart Phone?? I don’t need no *$%** smart phone!!! Part Droid 2 September 10, 2010

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In Shareology’s quest for a new smart (?) phone by mid-October, a Droid 2 found itself into her possession.  Turns out of the two, Shareology prefers the Droid X.   However, that decision was made via some very personal criteria which probably do not apply to anyone but Shareology.

 Chief Distinction of the Droid 2

 Droid 2 has a slide out keyboard. This just did not feel right to Shareology.  Too teeny, too late.  To be perfectly fair, I loaned the phone to a #jmu612 buddy; I glanced over a few seconds later to see both of her thumbs merrily tapping out a tweet.  Obviously that keyboard was in no way a hindrance to her communication. 

 3g hotspot

 One of the key features of the Droid 2, like the Droid X is the ability to turn various wireless devices nearby into internet connectivity via the 3g hotspot feature.  Click, Click, Click with the phone and my laptop magically connects to the internet. Unfortunately, with the Droid 2 I got a screen on my laptop from Verizon that had the look of The Next Click is gonna cost you Money.  I backed off since I was only planning of keeping this phone for a week.  Reviews I have read say the 3g hotspot feature is only $20 additional bucks a month.  Unless you get crazy with huge usage.  A question I would put to Verizon when purchasing this phone is “What constitutes huge usage?”  If the 3g feature gets used those few times free wi-fi is not available or if Shareology has the audacity to drive into South Dakota, then that feature is way worth its $20 bucks a month.

 Twitter Comfort

 One of my social media buddies took pity on my twitter discomfort and downloaded Twidroyd to the Droid 2.  Gotta admit I could then find the @KayLoire messages I could not locate on the Droid X.  Not the phones fault if a downloaded app is all you need.  (Well, OK, yes it is the phone’s fault for coming with a less than generic Twitter interface, but that is remedied by one quick download.)

 Cost

 Shareology has guesstimated the monthly cost would be about $90 per month plus taxes for the features she wants.  Cancel the landline, the current non-smart phone, and the amount I pay for internet connection now, and I have $105 to play with.  Except…….I kinda like having two plus phones to play with….More than once, it has come in handy to have more than one phone alternative.  “This has got static; let me call you on my other phone….”

 Bottom Line

 For those who like the Droid X but really want a keyboard, the Droid 2 is a nice alternative.  I love the weather/news/maps functions.  Sooooo, it kinda boils down to:

 Can Shareology join the 21st century and drop her landline?

UPDATE JANUARY 7. 2011:

Shareology has not yet dropped the landline; as she was calling in a credit card authorization, she realized a lot of folks have the old landline number.  Does she lose her credibility if she no longer has that number?  Stay tuned on that one.

However, Shareology has been living happily ever after with her new Droid X.  The 3g hotspot works ever so well, turning her Sony Vaio on to the internet whenever a connection is lacking.   Soooooo cool.

 Kay Roseland    @KayLoire

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2 Responses to “Smart Phone?? I don’t need no *$%** smart phone!!! Part Droid 2”

  1. Lisa Foote Says:

    Kay – Thanks for sharing all your testing and thoughts. Regarding dropping your landline, in addition to have a great voice quality alternative, remember that landlines stay up during electric outages. They are also unaffected (unlike mobiles) when there is heavy phone traffic. (Remember when no one’s mobile worked in the aftermath of the 35W bridge collapse?) It’s an extra expense, but if you are into disaster preparedness, consider keeping that landline.

  2. kayroseland Says:

    Hi, Lisa!
    Thanks for the landline wisdom from a pro!! It’s a challenge balancing all the requirements in today’s world; I really appreciate your giving me one more reason to keep the landline!
    best wishes,
    Kay


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