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Adventures with Android

January 25, 2014
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

I have slowly been getting used to having an Android phone. Now I know it's not one of those flashy iPhones but so far it's doing the job. Instead of using my thumbs, I tend to text with my right index finger. Using a typewriter setup on a small touchscreen isn't the easiest thing to compose a simple sentence - "no, I'm typing an 'a,' not an 's.'" I'm not used to cell phones where you do more than just talk and text and maybe look at the Internet. This particular phone has Google everything on it - Gmail, Google Play, Google+, Google Play books; heck, I don't know what half this stuff does. I'm not really into Google whatnot, except when I'm looking up a person, place or thing. But once I turned the phone on for the first time and it went through all the Google updates, I immediately became the owner of the Google books "Treasure Island," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "The Three Musketeers." Well isn't that nice.

On a late night earlier this week, I decided to transfer the items on my iTunes (all of the items add up to six days' worth of music and podcasts) to my phone. Well, since it has an mp3 player in it, might as well make some use of it.

So I get my iTunes up and running, plug in the USB cord, connect the phone to my computer and press the sync button. Now since I have quite a bit of stuff on my iTunes, the sync process was going to take a long, long time. It was 12:30 a.m. when I started. I watched the progress, wondering when I was going to get halfway through (50 percent). That occurred more than an hour later. What possessed me to start doing this after midnight? Well, I've become kind of a night owl, so I was still awake and patient enough to do such a task. Soon the percentage started going up. That's when I realized it had hit the photos I have on my computer and was transferring those to my phone as well. Around 2 a.m., I stopped the sync process; I didn't need these photos on my phone. In fact, I deleted a few albums that popped onto my phone. I also like the fact that I can choose any one of my songs to be my phone's ringtone. Anything can be better than the set ringtones Tracfone has to offer.

Wednesday morning, the display on my phone wasn't coming up. I'm already in a panic because of the weather, and now my phone doesn't want to work properly? Then I go and set my phone down somewhere and can't find the thing before heading off to work. I went back around noon to do another search and finally locate it. That's when I learned all I had to do was take the battery out and put it back in again. Yay, functioning phone.

And so my adventures with the Android continue...



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