Thursday, April 11, 2013
The Naming of Hal
I finally broke down and got a smartphone, after an exciting hiking experience that would have been ever so much more efficient (but not nearly as adventurous and fun!) if I'd had a working compass or GPS.
A friend informed me that what I had was a "dumb phone." Ouch.
Now I am the proud and somewhat befuddled owner of a Razr M droid.
I'm not tech phobic, so I am enjoying learning new skills like touchscreen, e-calendaring, and mobile e-mail. I realize everyone else has known this for ages, but hey, it's new to me.
I have especially enjoyed testing the navigation feature. It's totally cool that I can speak the address into the phone and it then speaks the directions to me in a very pleasant female voice. I tested it last night on the drive from work to home, and it worked perfectly.
Then I tested it on the drive from home to downtown, a distance of 18 blocks and well, that was not so successful. My driver did not take the route suggested, and the phone did not seem able to recalculate quickly enough. It kept telling him to turn in various directions and some of them were simply impossible.
More importantly, when I tried to exit the navigation feature, I could not figure out how to do that. I decided to turn the phone off, but it continued to give me directions - somewhat muffled by the fact I had put it back in its case and inside my purse.
That was puzzling, and a bit creepy. How can it still be working if it's turned off?
But at least I got the phone's name out of the experience. I shall call her Hal.