Until a few short months ago, I still used a phone that looked pretty much like this. Well, not exactly like that, because it was portable. But it did have a screen that was about 1.5 inches square, with no data capability, and you had to press a key three times to get the right letter of the alphabet when texting. Which meant that it was never used for texting. It was basically like an emergency phone line. Or a walkie-talkie. Or maybe a bottle containing a SOS note.
For a long time, this didn’t bother me. Who wants to be available 24/7? I’ve given up instantaneous everything almost, even the Ramen noodles which I love. Convenience isn’t everything; slow and plodding could be a decent personal motto.
But then things started happening. My husband was gifted two iPads from work, and I got the little one. And you know, after I got used to it, the thing was actually pretty handy. It was nice not to have to rely on the big now-clunky desktop all the time. And those smartphones… people did look kind of smart using them. I started to notice how agile Beth-Anne and Nathalie were with their phones and, well, as someone on social media, I finally began wondering whether I ought to join the game. Sure it looked efficient and all that, but it also looked kind of fun.
And then, as I contemplated relaxing my grip on the Ghost of Telephones Past, I got the most perfect gift over the holidays and in time for 2015: my very first smartphone.
Like a proper nerd, I read the manual (a couple of times). The truth is I had never used a smartphone before and had no earthly idea how they worked. I was nervous, but didn’t need to be – the phone is easy peasy to use, and it was a cinch to start figuring out what all the fuss is about. Turns out these gadgets are really useful!
Texting, unsurprisingly, is a revelation. Tapping a big key just once is a lot faster than punching a little one three times. But not just that – the Idol S2‘s predictive keyboard is fast and accurate. In the spirit of research, I borrowed my sister’s smartphone to compare, and was that new phone’s texting capabilities ever clunky (how does she manage with something so slow)! I double-checked my impression with my 14 year old nephew, who categorically strikes me as the best possible judge of my phone. He played around with it for a few minutes and handed it back: It’s a good phone. It’s fast.” Gold seal of approval, people.
There’s a lot of other things to like about the phone. It’s very slim and good-looking, for starters. It’s gentle on the eyes, with its clear wide screen (5″ HD 720 display), which is lovely when using the 8 megapixel camera. As a blogger and a mom, this is a boon. I also like that the battery lasts a good while. I’m not glued to my phone, but heavier users will be glad to know that charging the Idol S2 is fast. I love the camcorder, and that the phone can turn into a little flashlight. It’s a marvel!
The Pop 8 tablet is a great little toy too. Like the Idol S2. the Pop 8 is slim and sleek, and handles easily. I was a bit less of an inexperienced user when it came to tablets, and the Pop 8 is intuitive and simple to use. It’s perfect for check-ins with the online world and handing to the kids for an educational app or 5. Both the phone and the tablet clock in as fast, effective devices at affordable price points.
I can say without hesitation that my presents from Alcatel One Touch are among the most impactful items to enter my realm. And as a former Techno-Resister, you’ll know I speaketh the truth when I say I really love my phone!!
The amazing thing is that you can enjoy similar presents too: Alcatel One Touch is generously offering both the Idol S2 smartphone and a Pop 7 tablet to one lucky reader! The contest will stay open until Sunday at midnight EST, and is open to Canadian readers (except Quebec). Enter to win by liking our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or Instagram or simply leave a comment. It’s a great giveaway – best of luck to you!