The Tortoise and The Hare (And the Smart Phone)

It wasn’t that long ago that I was writing love letters to Verizon and my shiny new Droid 2 Global. In fact, if you could have painted a portrait with me and my Droid, holding hands and walking into the sunset together, it would have been an apt and 100% accurate portrayal of how I felt about my phone. I was in love.

But, as things sometimes go, my relationship with my Droid has fallen on difficult times. Yes, I still love its sleek design. Yes, I adore its ability to keep me linked up to the world when I’m AFK. And yes, I long to touch its keyboard with unbridled passion. 

Ok, I’m starting to freak myself out. Time to switch metaphors.

You see, it comes down to this: My Beautiful, Capable, Super-Fast, Super-Elite Droid has, in a matter of 17 months, become Old, Slow, and Obsolete. I’m a 4G girl living in a 3G world. And this saddens me deeply.

I need my social media apps on my phone to work. And for the past 2 months or so, any time I try to open one, I get this:

Ten minutes, twelve curse words, and one frustrated blogger later, and guess what….all I can see, STILL, is this:

To say it’s infuriating is only a slight understatement. I’ve tried everything I can think of to lessen the load on my Droid—deleted apps I don’t use, removed photos of stuff I don’t need, bribed it with shiny things and money—and still, my phone is slower than Methuselah. 

Things That Are Faster Than My Droid:
Truly, if being slow was the only problem I had with my Droid, I might try to make peace and move on. But it freezes on a regular basis–to the point where I’m now removing the battery at least twice a day to reset it. Due to its regular removal in order to reset the phone, the back panel that keeps the battery inside won’t stay closed. And do we even want to talk about the battery life?? I have to charge my phone THREE TIMES A DAY. Yes, I use it a lot. But that’s just ri-donk-u-luss.
And so, even though it’s been an epic one, my romance with Droid is surely coming to an end…
In October. When my contract is up.

8 thoughts on “The Tortoise and The Hare (And the Smart Phone)

  1. CuteVooDoo

    I know exactly how you feel, or, well, I *did*. I loved my old phone, until I didn’t. My contract came up this month and I got a new Samsung Skyrocket. How did I live without this thing? Texting, taking pictures, checking my E-mail and Facebook are even faster than my laptop! I can even play the Sims on this thing! Don’t tell Dave, but I fell asleep holding it last night! And checking out your blog is soooo much easier. I love it, love it, and will keep loving it…until the next new thing comes out :0)

    1. Abby

      Dontcha just love it when technology makes your life so much easier?!?!? I’m SO ready for my upgrade. I’m thinking iPhone. Maybe. 🙂

  2. Laverne Smith

    Oh I know this love affair all to well. Those awful months when the love affair of awww, your so awesome, youre my everything, look at me I rock this geeky tech social media rock star stuff turns to what the fuck!!! and god damn phone. They grow old so fast and we social media tech geeks (yes I called you that and me too) are fickle in our love affairs. But ooooooo the count down until October brings out a different creature (in between the cursing and almost throwing your phone) as we wish and search for the phone we will have the next love affair with.

    1. Abby

      I know, right!!! As much as I’m angry at my phone half the time, I’m simultaneously sad that we’re going to have to break up. This was my first real foray into a “smart phone” and I’ve loved everything it has been capable of up until the freezing and the loading. Sigh.

    1. Abby

      Oh YAY!!! I’m so glad someone noticed!! It was a subtle change, but one that needed to happen. The font I used before was so pixellated and stretched out that it bothered me. So, change in font, and change in button, and I’m happy. 🙂 Thanks for noticing! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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