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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
This blog relates to life observations before and after age 50. Basically how change is inevitable and affects the way we see things
Too Dumb for a Smartphone
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By Lori Broschat
I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in ...
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I am a Devils Lake native, a recipient of three college degrees including a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have been a pastor in the United Methodist Church since 1997 and I was appointed to my home church in Devils Lake in July 2014. I love to write and have some published works. Blogging is a hobby of mine and this will be my third blog. I have a grown daughter named Ashley who is a student and sometime resident of Devils Lake. I am a movie buff, an Anglophile, and I possess more books than I have time to read!
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In a previous blog I confessed that I was too cheap and too dumb for a smartphone.  I got by with my basic flip phone, even though responding to texts took me several minutes and others would usually send me two additional messages before I could finish my reply.  Then I went to Great Britain where my daughter relied on her GPS app on her phone to find our way in the cities, as well as using Google search to find bus routes, restaurants, and everything under the sun.



No app is perfect, of course, and we did go astray a time or two, but I became convinced of the usefulness of having a miniature computer at your disposal that can also take and send photos and obviously make and receive calls.  Having returned home I decided to cave in and purchase a reasonable android phone.  I find the names of the operating systems humorous and random.  Mine is called Ice Cream Sandwich.  Anyway, I figured it would take me about two weeks to become tech savvy enough to use the thing.



Lucky for me I'm a quick study and my daughter is an excellent teacher.  After only a couple hours I was able to manage my apps, find ringtones for individuals on my contact list as well as general callers, and figure out all the everyday features like notifications.



By the second day I was able to install and use Chromecast, a device that plugs into the HDMI port on the television to allow direct viewing of online video such as Netflix or Hulu. (See my previous blog on How DVR Changes Your Life)!  I am still getting used to the size and shape of the phone, though it is lighter than my old flip phone.  The lock screen is less complicated than I thought it appeared to be on other people's phones.  All in all it has been a good investment.  It's still a prepaid plan, except now I have unlimited talk, text, and data, so I will make good use of it.



Now comes the part where I go back to my original statement about being too dumb for a smartphone.  While visiting NDSU with my daughter (Go Bison), I was in the restroom and while washing my hands I set my purse down on the counter.  I didn't notice it had fallen on its side or that the automatic faucet had turned on and was rapidly filling my purse with water.  I poured it out and quickly pulled the affected items out, including my new phone.



It was damp, but not submerged and I feared it was ruined.  I discovered that it worked but did not stay on regularly without removing the battery and reinstalling it.  I have pulled the battery out and left the case open to dry in hopes that it will be completely useable.  Fingers crossed!

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