For many years I had been the proud owner of a not so smart phone. For me, it was actually quite smart because it did many more things than I needed. It even spoke the name of the caller. The only problem was that it did not look like the new touch-screen type smart phone.
I was toying with the idea of going in for one but didn't go ahead because it seemed I would be doing that only to catch up with smart Joneses, not because of a clear need. Then suddenly my son bought one and presented it to me. This happened just two days before my daughter's wedding and learning to use a smart phone is not a joke, particularly by a senior citizen like me.
When my son explained how the switch between the old and new phone will take place, I panicked. It was too complicated. I didn't want to be fumbling with the new device when I needed it the most to organise various activities.
I pleaded with my son to let me switch to the new phone after the wedding, but he would not listen. He didn't want me to be seen with the old phone by all my relatives and friends. I finally gave in but the decision led to many anxious moments.
The old SIM card did not fit so we had to buy a new smaller one. They promised the new SIM would be operational within half-an-hour; it actually took better part of a day.
Even during normal times you feel lost if the mobile is not working - this was the time of my daughter's wedding when I needed to do so many things, and time was at a premium. Transferring contacts to the new phone was an ordeal in itself.
Getting used to the touch screen wasn't easy. In the process, I dialled many a wrong number, leading to several apologies. I also lost a lot of information stored in the old phone.
The other day I dialled the dish TV service. When the lady on the other end told me to "press 1", for a particular request, I didn't know where to find 1 on the screen. The good old keyboard was missing.
Had to call them on my wife's old cell to get the job done.
A month after acquiring the new smart phone I am still learning the basics. Of one thing I am convinced - the phone is not smart; it's you who have to be smart to use it. My new phone doesn't even speak the name of the caller.