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blooming phone!

(31 Posts)
Zengran Fri 16-Nov-12 16:36:02

Oh, dear. I decided to join the 21st. century and get a new phone. My very old Nokia 3310 has been a good friend, but it's time it went. I have purchased an android phone with wifi etc etc. i have taken it out of it's box, looked at its shiny newness and opened the manual (because that is how I do things). Okay, put in the sim card. Okay. Do I flip the silver bit up or slide the sim in? I am terrified of breaking the blooming thing!! Okay, slides in. Done. Put in battery and put on to charge. Battery in. How do I open the thingy where the charger goes? Oh goodness. Again, terrified of snapping the bit off by doing it wrong!!! Snap off husband's head instead when he offers to help. eventually sort it and phone is now charging.
What am I going to be like when I actually switch the damn thing on!!!
Isn't it awful when you are so afraid of technology!

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 16:54:35

You are very brave actually. I lost my very basic one the other day and it's been a nightmare getting a replacement up and running. Have stolen husband's until I find 'time' to sort the hows and whys of the new one out.

And it's a very simple basic phone. hmm

jO5 Fri 16-Nov-12 16:55:38

I broke the first sim card they sent. Pushed out the middle bit when I shouldn't have done. hmm

I didn't know!

gracesmum Fri 16-Nov-12 16:56:34

These things are designed to intimidate us. Don't you have a 7 year-old grandson who can deal with it for you? (No? Then you will have to wait until he/she is old enough!!) I usually find manuals worse than useless as they are written in fifty languages including Middle High Klingon but don't actually tell you anything.

kittylester Fri 16-Nov-12 17:33:19

My android came with about 6 basic instructions and a link to the website - not a manual to be had unless you print it out! That's my excuse for the typos, double postings etc and I'm sticking to it.

Actually, I love it!

Ana Fri 16-Nov-12 17:36:15

Why are they called androids? I'm going to have to bite the bullet soon, my old one needs charging too often and it's awful for texting....

FlicketyB Fri 16-Nov-12 17:47:26

Yes, I got an android phone some months ago and still cannot do a lot on it. But I will not be beat. They are called that because that is the name of the software they run on as distinct from the software used by Apple on their phones

The things that I find so confusing is knowing when to tap and when to press touch screens. I had great problems with my phone when I started because I tended to press the touch screen rather than tap. Got that sorted but then went into my bank yesterday to get cash from the machine. Presented with a touch screen, I tapped it lightly, nothing happened, tapped again, nothing, tapped again, nothing. Finally in irritation I said something unprintable and pressed the screen. Everything started working and I got my cash. How am I to know, presented with a touch screen, when to tap and when to press?

merlotgran Fri 16-Nov-12 17:58:08

Why are the instructions so small they look like they've come out of a Christmas cracker? I've had mine a month and still haven't got the hang of it. angry

feetlebaum Fri 16-Nov-12 17:59:09

"Why are they called androids?"

Isn't Android the name of the operating system they run?

Ana Fri 16-Nov-12 18:29:05

I don't know. That's why I asked.....hmm

Ella46 Fri 16-Nov-12 20:08:55

My dd gave me her iPhone 4 when she got her upgrade, and a quick 5 minute lesson!
Then my son gave me a quick 5 minute lesson!
Then my 13 yr dgd gave me a quick 5 minute lesson!

Ask me anything about an iPhone grin grin

Anne58 Fri 16-Nov-12 20:10:03

My supposed "smart phone" seems to be incapable of getting a signal unless I walk half way up the damn road, will often show 3 bars of signal, but then display a message saying "mobile network not available" can take 2 days (yes, 2 days) before it tells me that I have a voice mail, often the only way I can get it to work is to turn the bugger off then on again, and then had the bloody cheek to get a text informing me that I'm now on that thing that is the latest bloody thing that only Orange and the other one is on, BUT I STILL CAN'T GET A SODDING SIGNAL MOST OF THE TIME!

Yours, totally pissed off, disillusioned, rapidly becoming technophobic, utterly annoyed, distinctly unimpressed, losing the will to live when trying to deal with Orange via their website, please do NOT send me an email inviting me to call you on a mobile number, which I CANNOT DO from my mobile, because there is no effing signal, and I'm buggered if I'm going to call you from my landline at those rates

Of Devon.

Learnergran Fri 16-Nov-12 20:30:30

Virginmobile have just pulled the plug on my Blackberry because DH's bank account, from which they were paid for by direct debit, has been closed, and Virgin were not sufficiently high up on my list of "must contacts" to have been notified yet. So I am back to my nokia 3210!!! What a relief!!! No more tiny buttons I can't see. No more alerts every time I get a blasted junk email at 2:37 am. It may be quite a while before I sort out the Blackberry.........grin

AlieOxon Fri 16-Nov-12 21:07:33

You know what is the matter with manuals? They are written by people who already KNOW how the thing works!

yogagran Fri 16-Nov-12 21:19:53

I think that things should be so intuitive that you shouldn't need a manual

Zengran Sat 17-Nov-12 09:31:01

Not just me then!!!!!grin

annodomini Sat 17-Nov-12 10:14:27

I thought I was quite good with technology - until I got a smartphone. When I go to visit DS1, I have to get his advice on what apps I should and should not be using. Some of the things he recommends are a step too far for me. Even his brother has to get his advice!

tanith Sat 17-Nov-12 11:22:27

I love mine but I know my limitations and don't use any apps unless I know what I'm doing I am slowly getting there and have plenty of young people who will show me how if needs be. I've never used the manual as I find they just confuse me

crimson Sat 17-Nov-12 11:56:22

I've realised why I'm struggling with the new computer system at work; it's because it's very visual and colour rather than word based. Not having an iphone or ipad [or whatever they're called] the format confuses me.

FlicketyB Sat 17-Nov-12 12:15:58

Part of my problem is that I cannot get a mobile connection at home. This means my mobile llives in the car on acar charger for use away from home. If it was indoors and being used I would have grappled with its intricacies by now. I have no problem mastering my computer.

yogagran Sat 17-Nov-12 13:56:36

What network are you on Flickety? I'm on Vodafone and have the same problem at home but I now have a Sure Signal box which boosts the mobile signal so I now have a full 4 bar signal at home. I'm sure that other networks must have a similar gadget

FlicketyB Sat 17-Nov-12 14:13:09

I am BT. I will follow up your suggestion. Our problem is we have a stonking great down rising behind the house and my problem is fairly general in the village with all mobile phone cpmpanies

Mishap Sat 17-Nov-12 15:39:19

No mobile phone reception here either, and not likely that there will ever be because of the terrain.

Delivery vans have great fun - not only does the postcode take them to the wrong house, but they cannot get us on the mobile!

kittylester Sat 17-Nov-12 16:08:58

We have useless mobile signal and sometimes have to go and stand at the bottom of the drive or on the top patio to get anything at all. It does seem better on the android than on an ordinary mobile but sometimes I can be half way out of the village when I get a flurry of texts and nearly drive off the road with shock.

gracesmum Sat 17-Nov-12 20:43:25

I have this image of you all hanging out of an upstaire window by your toenails pointing your mobiles towards the moon to get a signalgrin It can get a bit like that around us wth Orange I do wonder why we botherhmm