Technologically insufficient that I am, it came to no one as a surprise that it took me one whole month to decide upon a new phone for myself!
However, it sure surprised my friends to know that I didn’t go for a Blackberry (that’s the current trend, isn’t it?), my parents – for not once did I pester them into buying me an iPhone, but most surprised was my brother – because I actually listened to him and settled for an Android phone 😀
The transformation from using a Nokia 5233 to being the proud owner (?) of an android was indeed awesome (at least initially).
I had never really imagined myself using a device that would let me shop for ‘applications’ on an online market, neither had I expected a device to have an ‘application’ for almost every action – calls, messaging, phone lists, email, recipes, speedometer, call blocker and a horde of other apps – all just a download away!
Just like my brother, Google became a deity to worship, for me!
However, just like all good things come to an end, my happiness and newly found pride at owning an android were short lived, too.
Having had the sweet dreams of showing off my new gadget to friends, and fooling around with Crouching Panda or Talking Tom, I woke up to the nightmare of seeing my phone battery at a 15% charge! “Its the apps, didi. Start carrying your charger along wherever you go”, my Google-defensive brother argued. “WHAT!? It was at a 100% charge just last night!!”, I almost fainted. Carry my charger along? My dear Nokia never really asked me to do that! How demanding could my new phone possibly get on the first day itself, I wondered.
Barely had I come to terms with a battery that dipped faster than the temperature of Antarctica, that my explicitly demanding phone started showing symptoms of acute madness – IT STARTED HANGING every time there was an application overload!! (RAM issues- my brother explained)
What would drive a smartphone to go such lengths? Not me, for sure! “Its a mini robot, didi! With a highly customizable interface”, my brother tried pacifying me. Blah. As if I understand all that Greek & Latin. How was that related to my phone hanging almost 10 times a day?!
I realised, I’d have to spend at least another year and a half carrying my charger along (makes me feel like an old lady carrying her set of false teeth at all times) and managing an ‘application overload’ with the phone hanging 😐
There were reports and allegations of Google having ‘borrowed’ the android design from the iPhone. But my question is, couldn’t they borrow the battery life from Nokia, instead?
So till the next time I start ranting (and my phone stops hanging), I shall relish the Eclair, Frozen Yoghurt, Gingerbread and Ice-cream Sandwich 😉