Archive for July, 2013

eud tsu yt – Elminate Unecessary Distractions That Suck Up Your Time

July 18, 2013

I recently purchased my first smartphone, the Google Nexus 4.¬†Without getting into the pros and cons of different devices, and which one is better, suffice it to say that I’m trying to get a better handle on my so-called digital life. This phone is a way that I’m trying to make the Internet a little bit more accessible. I can usually wait until I’m at home or work in front of a computer to do my work, but I’m trying to make it easier to check my e-mail without having to go home.

Some basic observations about what I like about the phone I have: 1. Because he graphics are flat and not 3D, they’re much easier to read. I’m more efficient when I look at e-mails because there are no subtle 3D edges for my eyes to land on.

2. Because it’s a Google phone, it integrates extremely well with my Gmail e-mail, contacts, and calendar. Now my main challenge is reviewing all of my contacts in my new, unified, cloud-based contact list and getting rid of what’s no longer needed.

3. The GPS works well with Google Maps, and There’s a Google Now features where Google tries to give me information I think I might find useful, like how far am I from home on my way home. You access Google Now by swiping from the bottom to the top of the screen.

4. It doesn’t bother me. Somehow, the phone seems less intrusive. Maybe because I’m just using it for the basics, and haven’t loaded apps with alter functions.

What I don’t like about the phone:

1. It sucks up power. I have to charge it everyday. Now, I keep it plugged in and charged everytime I’m near an outlet. I took it on vacation from New York to Massachussets, and luckily there was a power outlet in the bus I rode. There are external battery back-up packs that I’m considering, but I’m waiting to see how I manage without them for now.

2. It has a lot of glass, that can be scratched or damaged easily. No one plans to drop their cell phone, but it’s gonna happen. I have a case and a bumper for the phone, but I know I have to be careful with it.

3. It’s not always intuitive. For example: to answer a call you must tap, and then swipe to green (answer) or red (ignore–I think). Another example: After you take a photo, to review it, you need to master the art of lightly swiping (not tapping, which brings up a short-cut menu), in order to see your photos.

Overall, I like the phone. I believe it’s worth the extra expense when it comes to doing mobile computing. I’m going to try to avoid wasting time with too many apps.