Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Progress

I must confess - I love my new Smartphone. Every day it reveals another, more intimate, side of itself.  The more I trust it, the more I am rewarded.

It's a very thoughtful little machine, my Galaxy S3.  It lets me clean up my Contacts List; I press the chain link icon and I can join one contact to another.  Join... isn't that a lovely word?  Combine implies mashing and smashing while join is like that icon over there, neatly fitting one inside the other, each retaining its own particular charm.  

Somehow, it knows to include a picture, even if it appears only on one of the three entries I've found for the same friend. Three entries, you wonder?  Yes, the darling device has imported contacts from Google as well as those on the phone's SIM card, saved from the dearly departed stupid phone it replaced, and from Facebook, too.  For all I know, it's included the DEX or Yellow Pages from my area code.  Like my pictures, they just kind of appeared one day.

It feels intrusive.  Big Cuter reminds me that once I've downloaded the app (a shortcut to a specific site on the interwebs, configured to display properly on my 4.8" screen) I've given them permission to invade my personal space.... which leads him neatly into his rant about privacy being overrated and the fact that it is an old-fashioned construct and as long as you behave in a proper manner (yes, he says things like that) there's really no reason to worry.  

Be that as it may, I was startled into yelping aloud when my Picasa galleries appeared on my phone.  Yes, I'd told the phone my Gmail address.  No, I didn't realize that it would bring my on-line life into a handheld device... one that I might lose... one that contains phone numbers and emails of my friends.  I am certain that I appear in similar devices living in my friends' handbags and backpacks.

Is this progress?  Now I have something new to worry me. Big Cuter's pronouncement announcing the absence of privacy in the 21st century has suddenly taken on a much more personal relevance.

And yet, I love the damn thing.

It fits perfectly in my hand.  It's a comfortable cover for my ear and my mouth; there's no reason to raise my voice because the mouthpiece seems so very far away.  Once I figured out the motion, I've become addicted to swiping my finger across the screen, to answer a call, to respond to any one of a number of notifications... of tasks and events and notes I've left myself.  I've become my own worst enemy, and I love it. I annoy myself, and I'm rewarded by swiping.

I remember going to the 1964-5 World's Fair in Flushing, New York.  We were all of 12 and 13 but our parents let us take the train and tour the Fair without adult supervision.  Feeling very grown up, we wandered over to the AT&T pavilion where the latest gadget was on display: a push button phone. The rotary phone was no match for the speed of those perfectly shaped buttons. It was a whole new world, quicker and newer and unimaginable just a little while ago. 

I'm feeling that feeling all over again.

6 comments:

  1. What did I tell you?! Life just gets better & so do our gadgets. :)
    HaPPy SWiPiNG!

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  2. You were right, Liz... you were right!
    a/b

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  3. OMG, you are turning into a gadget-chick! My hubby says he loves being married to one 'cause we always get the latest gadgets. I have to confess to being a member of the Apple Chapel, but yesterday while picking up an iPhone 4S for my just turned 11 year-old (today!), I was also looking at the Galaxy S3. It's a cool device, but I felt this tinge of guilt like I was betraying Apple and bought her the iPhone instead. How silly is that reaction on my part? She knows how to use Android devices because she has an Acer tablet she received as a Christmas present last year, but she has an Macbook and I thought it would be easier to have the same device that my hubby and I have. I don't know Android very well and I don't want to learn another device. Yes, I'm a member of the Apple Chapel and I have a problem...

    I'm so glad you are liking your new toy. There are so many cool things you can do with it. Check out Google Play too. They have a lot of great free apps. ;)

    As Liz says, happy swiping! :)


    Megan xxx

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  4. BTW, have you experimented with any apps yet? If so, which ones are your faves? Glad you are having fun with it...change isn't always a bad thing, sometimes these things can "grow on us like a FuNGuS!" LoL ;)

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  5. You do realize that World Fair was almost 50 years ago? We've come a long way with our communications. I remember seeing a FAX machine in 1988 and was amazed by that technology.

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  6. Yes, it was 50 years ago... but I remember it like yesterday! Somehow, my childhood is drawing closer as I age....
    a/b

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