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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

My weakness is gadgets. LOVE my MacBook. Love, love, love it. And getting a little iPod shuffle showed me again how Apple products are so cool. I have this lame little flip phone. Nothing fancy. Doesn't even take a picture. My cell phone contract is up and I find myself lusting after all the cool phones I'm seeing. My pick would be the iPhone but that's out because I can't get AT&T here. Sigh. If I were sure a phone on eBay that says it's unlocked would work, I'd buy it, but my county has to have a phone that gets analog AND digital.

I love the touchscreen thing about the iPhone. And get this--my daughter taught me how to text two weeks ago! LOL For a gadget girl, it took me long enough to figure it out. But I still don't get why it's popular. SO much faster to email or just dial a number. Sending pix via text is nice, but not talking on it. I doubt texting will ever be important to me. My email addition is bad enough without adding something else!

So what else is cool? Tell me about your phone and why you love it. Or one that you've seen that you think would be awesome.
Colleen Coble  
posted at 8:23 AM  
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At 1:15 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I kid you not. I'm in the Apple town, where they have their campus and my son says, "Oh I forgot my phone, but X's iPhone never works from there, so I had to wait until Kevin showed up."

No way, I'm getting an iPhone -- as long as they're on that ATT network, they suck! Even my 12 year old gets it. LOL

At 3:14 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

I love the iPhone, it's very cool. It's the only Apple/Mac product I would consider getting. Yes, I'm a diehard PC lover. I won't go into the reasons for my Mac antagonism but they're good ones.

Colleen, I got the perfect phone a few months ago for a text and e-mail junkie like myself, the Blackberry. It's got a full sized keyboard and I have it set up to deliver my e-mail so I can access it anywhere. I don't have to log into anything, it's set up as an application and it flashes when I get a new e-mail. Or if I miss the flash, I can just check the screen and it will show me how many new e-mails I have. So I can read and, yes, reply to any of them. I also update Facebook from my Blackberry, another application, take pictures of things and upload them instantly. I was the first to have pictures of my friend's new baby girl up a few weeks ago. That was cool. I can also go online and check blogs, google things, etc. It's also supposed to function as an mp3 player but I haven't gotten around to playing with that yet. It is also possible to have the Microsoft Office application on it, sync your calendar with your computer, etc.

I really wanted the LG Dare, Verizon's version of the IPhone, but it was three times the price. I love my Blackberry, although my next phone will have a touch screen. Must work on not coveting what my friends have...

At 3:17 PM, Blogger Kayla said...

Oh man, I love texting. I have a Blackberry Pearl which I'm extremely tired of (and the iPhones work really well around here, ironically). I really love AT&T, but I hate that the Pearl requires a special plan for emailing and getting on the internet, something about using different towers or whatever. So I don't have that. But texting is just so quick and easy.

Colleen, you might want to make sure you are doing T9 predictive text. Trust me, way better than dialing a number. I hate having to call up someone if I just want to say hey, because I'm awful at phone chitchat and probably want to be done talking to them anyway. This way, I'm not obligated to continue and they are free to respond at their leisure.

At 3:18 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Malia, Malia. There is NO good reason for Mac antagonism. I must take you in hand and show you the light. LOL I used to be a diehard PC fan myself. I got sick and tired of downloading yet another virus definition file and yet another Windows update. I should have made the switch long ago. I will never go back.

I love the Blackberry too but gosh, the service is so expensive! I'll have to check out that LG Dare. I don't mind spending it upfront if I can get a normal package for a decent price.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Predictive text? It's over my head, Kayla. I have no idea what that means. LOL I only go to my inbox then reply to whoever texts me. But email is WAY better and easier.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I just looked up the predictive thing. I'll have to see if it works on my phone! That sounds much better than scrolling through all those letters!

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Ellie said...

Well, I must admit I held out on getting the iphone, but I've now had it for two weeks. My husband to be (in three days time to be :)) is an apple fanatic, and when he got the new 3G iphone I inherited the 2G, BUT I'm still holding out on the Mac. I must say though that the iphone is my new friend. Good luck Collen on finding the phone for you.

At 4:52 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh I'm so jealous, Elle! LOL

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Laurien said...

I just got a Blackberry a week ago for my 21st birthday! It is so much better than an iPhone.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Beth said...

I actually like my old phone because its so simple to use. I don't really use my phone all that much, but it's handy to have.

I think when I do have to replace it I'd like to at least have the ability to take photos and maybe send and receive email.

At 7:45 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Mine's not fancy but I do have that press-to-talk and so does my son, so we can use it like a walkie-talkie instead of dialing. That's cool.

I'm not into texting, either, but a few people text me. Mainly the board of ACFW. LOL

Hey, can't wait to see y'all next week!! :D

At 12:32 AM, Blogger Jennifer Mykytiuk said...

I have Verizon, so I got the LG Voyager! I LOVE it! It has the touch screen on the front, and then flips open with a full keypad! It's great! It takes great pictures too! We were amazed at the quality! It also is so easy to text message on. The only thing that I like better about the IPhone is the web browser is better, but at least the Voyager has a web browser. I can't complain.

At 7:59 AM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

Colleen, this has been my week for new technology. My PC laptop died and, as you know, I was intending on a MacBook in the future. Well, the future is now!

Then yesterday I upgraded my cell to an LG Shine slide-style phone. I am already on AT&T BTW. I considered the Blackberry models but too expensive for me. I don't text much unless Robin sends me one LOL. I can access the internet and check email if I want, but I don't need a special program or whatever.

I must be crazy. Learning a new laptop and a cell in less than a week before conference!

At 3:48 PM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

I'm with ya on the confusion over texting. I can type or call a whole lot faster than I can text. And texting with your thumbs does nothing but give you higher risk for carpal tunnel plus impacts your overall typing speed.

Yeah, no thanks. I'll stick with my little LG which takes pictures and gets great reception. :)

At 5:50 PM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

For being a geek family we are pretty content with our low-tech razors, lol. My SIL (who is in her early 20s compared to my early 40s) was appalled that we would get something so last year (or two) and how could we NOT get the phones that practically drive your car for you. All we wanted to do was talk, text a bit, and take a picture every now and then. Simple geeks.

At 5:21 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

My brother Rick might have to die. He just sent me a message FROM HIS NEW IPHONE!!! I immediately called him and threatened his life. Wah!!!!


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