I’m not a technical writer or reviewer and no one is paying me to write this post. As I’m technically challenged, I’m probably not going to use the right terminology and I can’t even really get really the nuts and bolts of how this thing works. Still, I want to tell you about my new Droid Eris and how it’s helping me as a freelance writer and professional blogger.
I’m not a gadget girl
I don’t usually post about new gadgets because, well, I’m not a gadget geek, I don’t buy the latest toys. mostly because I don’t know how to use them.
Time for a change
I owned a Razor for I don’t know how many years. When I first bought it, I was just happy to use something with a camera and an antenna that didn’t poke people’s eyes out.
I didn’t text much with the Razor because I don’t have the patience for punching the same number over and over again until the right letter pops up. At that rate, it was quicker to dial a number to call.
I didn’t use the Razor to do much online because it was slow going. I couldn’t replace it though. It still worked fine and the frugal side of me couldn’t justify the cost of a new phone plus data plan. That didn’t keep me from dropping a few hints here and there. A smart phone would be so convenient, especially for staying on top of emails when I’m away from my laptop. I get over 1,000 emails a day, so you can probably understand why I travel with a laptop everywhere I go. The last thing I want is to come home after a few days away and have to sift through 5,000 emails.
For Christmas, Mr. Ng, husband extraordinaire, bought me a Droid Eris. It was love at first site. It had a simulated keyboard so I could text, Twitter, Facebook, Google and all sorts of terrific apps such as WordPress to Go and Pandora Radio. Yes, I was smitten.
Leaving the laptop at home
I decided to put my Droid Eris to the ultimate test. Over the long Christmas weekend, I did the unthinkable. For the first time in five years, I left the laptop at home while I visited family for three days. I expected withdrawal, but didn’t even break into a sweat. Thanks to my Droid, I was able to stay on top of my email, keep up with the social networks and even do a little blogging. I don’t like using it for full fledged blogging as much because I’m not into the whole typing with my thumbs thing, but for a quick web search, I can’t go wrong. On the drive to my Mom’s my son asked a lot of questions and we were able to look it up online thanks the Google app. The only thing I have to watch out for is that I don’t become one of those annoying people who are always glued to their cell phones constantly texting and tweeting.
I can already tell my Droid is going to come in handy while at conferences. I can leave my laptop back at the hotel and take care of live blogging, tweeting and email without having to lug a cumbersome laptop back around the conference center.
You probably want me to tell you about the inner workings of my Droid or about megs and apps and games. I’m sorry to tell you, I’m not her. I’m not the gadget girl who can offer all the technical details of how her smartphone works. I can tell you as someone who is completely clueless when it comes to these things that the Droid Eris doesn’t suck and now I can’t imagine life without it. Web surfing is quick, it has good sound and imaging, and I can Tweet any time I want. What more could I ask for?
Tell me about your favorite gadgets. How do they help you to remain productive?