Adventures with a dumbphone, Part Three

More than a decade ago I posted a rant about mobile phones in which I said that I was going to hold off from buying a ‘smartphone’ until I could get a wearable one.

I didn’t count on my brother giving me one as a birthday present….

Thanks to him, I have one now. Fortunately, I haven’t yet reached the point where I feel lost without it. It’s neither surgically nor, yet, psychologically attached to me. I don’t feel any urge to become a ‘meanderthal‘ and do crazy stuff like this:

And yet, I can already feel in advance the angst I might one day feel should I lose this device. I haven’t had it for long, but I’ve already invested several hours into learning how to use it, setting up contacts, browsing apps and so on.

On the subject of apps: two things. Firstly, I’ve installed a few:

  • MyO2
  • WhatsApp
  • Skype
  • Google Pay
  • Star Walk 2
  • Sky Map
  • Word Crossy
  • Plague, Inc
  • Sudoku
  • Khan Academy

… do you, Dear Reader, have any suggestions for other apps that I should consider? If you do, please don’t hesitate to use the ‘comments’ section below to give me a heads-up!

The second thing: call me a luddite, but I’m a little bit uncomfortable with some of the questions I’ve been asked while installing these app things. Such as: ‘Do you allow access to the contacts in your address book? …  the camera?’ … and so on. The mere fact that such questions are asked make me a little hesitant. Why are they asking? To what purpose are they going to put this information? No doubt it’s all covered (in depth) in the ‘privacy statements’ and the click-thru agreements I’ve skipped over (and please don’t tell me that if I’m at all concerned, I shouldn’t have skipped over them — everyone does, which makes them all a bunch of phlyarologicisms!).

Sorry… rant over (for now…).

Onwards, to other matters: in particular, the battery. Its power fades fast, I’ve noticed. I’ve had to recharge the phone once already (and I’m charging it again as I write this). The battery charge on my old brick lasts a week (although, granted, that device isn’t asked to do very much apart from wake me in the morning and be available for the occasional text message). It occurs to me that I’d better be very careful not to lose the charging widget, or else I’d soon find myself in another nice mess….

I had fun configuring Skype, by the way. I’ve had a Skype account for aeons (well, ok, bit of a fib, that) but haven’t signed into it for (literally) years. When I tried to sign in, it wanted me to do so with my micro$haft account, and I didn’t want to do that. All my googling led me to believe one of two things: a) it was possible to unlink a Skype account from a micro$haft account, and b) this wasn’t possible. In the end, somehow, I managed to sign in with my old Skype password. Don’t ask me how I did it because I can’t remember :)

My head hurts. I think I need to lie down for a while….

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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8 Responses to Adventures with a dumbphone, Part Three

  1. mistermuse says:

    Fortunately, I AM a luddite, so a smartphone isn’t another fine mess I’ve gotten into.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. juanitaraz says:

    Just don’t drop it.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. WendyTinley says:

    Sky Map; Heavens-Above Pro; Ventusky; BirdUp; Plane Finder; Shazam; Reddit; :-)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. daryan12 says:

    This is something I’ve noticed between my old phone and the new one. No replaceable battery. My previous phone survived for well over a decade because I was able to replace the battery when it started to fade. But the new one? Forget it! So what’s the bet it will pop its clogs in a few years time and I’ll have to buy an entire new phone.

    As for apps, I’ve not installed any games, don’t want to be glued to the damn thing!

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    • pendantry says:

      …! I haven’t looked to see whether it’s possible to replace the battery on my phone. Wouldn’t surprise me to find out that (a) it’s not possible and (b) it’s deliberate, to encourage users to buy more new phones :( (shades of this post).

      No games? I wouldn’t be able to survive with no games (yes, I’m a gamer). But I do hear what you’re saying… I don’t want to become a meanderthal.


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