While we don’t do themes here at Over The Backyard Fence, this week seems to be leaning toward the technological side of life. I took the plunge a couple days ago and upgraded to a smart phone. The primary reason I did this is because I think texting is a great way to communicate quickly, but my old flip-phone keyboard frustrated the heck out of me. I either had to push the numeric “2” three times to get a C or use T9 (intelligent word guessing???). Except that half the time, I’d back up to fix something and end up losing the entire text. Arggggghhhhhhh!
So we headed to the store and bought a phone with a full keyboard on it. It’s my shiny new toy. 🙂 Now, I consider myself pretty good at techie stuff. I can generally figure out issues with my computer, or know where to go for help. I’ve done my own re-formats. And I understand there’s a learning curve with new technology.
I have to say, though, that this phone is kind of kicking my hiney. I figured out a lot of the set up stuff. But I’m brand new to apps. It appears that apps are basically a short cut to XXX information. I think they may actually re-format the information a bit into a phone friendly look? Do apps do anything else?
Thanks to our phone guy and the market app he loaded for me, I can find the app market for my phone with Android technology. But I’m having trouble understanding what I’m shopping for there. For instance, I would like to download a free Facebook app. Is this something offered by Facebook or did some third party design it? Are all apps safe or do I run the risk of downloading some virus?
AND – do you ever purchase apps? My husband and I geocache. I could purchase the “official” groundspeak app for $9.99. But there are a couple other geocaching apps out there for free. How do I figure out what will work best for me?
So many questions, so little time. I’ll take any advice I can get to help me get to a comfortable level with this new technology. Well, not new, I guess. But new to me.
posted by Laurie Ryan