Phone Upgrade

Joyce used to have the DROID2

…and ever since Verizon forced a required Android 2.3 Gingerbread upgrade to her phone, it turned it into a brick.  The upgrade was more than the phone could handle.  She could not text more than 10 characters at a time and the only way she could type more than that on her phone was to type what she wanted to in the address bar of a web browser window.  She would then copy it to the input of wherever she wanted to and then paste it.  This was a horrible inconvenience and I’m sorry you had to go through months of that Joyce…..until now.

Joyce personally likes the slider type of phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard.  Since the forced upgrade happened on her DROID2, I was looking around for another phone for her to use.  The Samsung Stratosphere and DROID3 were options; however, there were rumors of the DROID4 coming out.  It would have 4G LTE on it and faster everything.  Rumors came to be rumors and alleged release dates would pass.  That is until CES 2012 when Verizon and Motorola officially announced that the DROID4 would be released.  Friday, February 10th came to be the officially release date.

I went down to the Verizon store two blocks from my workplace on that day and got the spankin’ new phone for Joyce.

I also got her a HD station dock…

…and a cool LapDock 500 Pro accessory.  You dock your phone to the LapDock and it becomes a laptop.  The phone is the computer, so the laptop only works when plugged in.  Pretty cool and much cheaper than buying a whole new laptop.

The next day, we activated the phone.  Gone are the days of copying and pasting from the address bar of a web browser.

– Norm

New Dare

An update on Joyce’s cell phone:


We went to the new (but small) Verizon store at Castro Village last week and upgraded Joyce to the LG Dare with the New Every Two discount.  Even though most of you recommended the Blackberry Pearl, apparently, they are discontinuing the Pearl and didn’t even have any at the store.  The store’s phonebook transfer machine hasn’t arrived yet either, so we went to the big Verizon store next to the Walmart and Costco on Davis Street in San Leandro to transfer Joyce’s contacts.

The Dare is pretty cool in that it is touchscreen everything.  However, touch needs to be precise.  This phone would be bad for people with big hands/fingers.  We’ll need to eventually sync up the phone to the Bluetooth in the RDX when Joyce drives.

– Norm

New Phone Every Two

So the battery on Joyce’s cell phone is dying.  She has to charge it every night now when she didn’t have to as often before.  Verizon gives us credit towards a new phone with their “New Every Two” option and Joyce’s is coming up at the end of this month.  If she upgrades….which phone should she get?  She likes a candy-bar style phone (no slide or flip) and the size of her current phone.  Plus, it should have Bluetooth to sync with our RDX’s hands-free link.  Optionally, it should be able to withstand being dropped by Melody or the new baby on an occasional basis =p


Joyce’s Current Phone: Motorola SLVR L7c

Weight: 3.7 oz.

Width: 2 in.

Depth: 0.5 in.

Height: 4.5 in.

Main Features: Sleek design and size; Bluetooth; Speakerphone


New Phone Selections for Joyce: LG Dare or Blackberry Pearl?

LG Dare

Weight: 3.76 oz.

Width: 2.2 in.

Depth: 0.73 in.

Height: 4.1 in.

Main Features: 3.2MP camera/camcorder with SmartPic and Face Detection Technology; Touchscreen; Bluetooth; Music Player; Speakerphone

Blackberry Pearl (in Silver or Pink)

Weight: 3.4 oz.

Width: 1.90 in.

Depth: 0.60 in.

Height: 4.2 in.

Main Features: Sleek design and choice of color; 2.0MP camera; Bluetooth; Music Player; Speakerphone; Blackberry Messaging Features

…so which phone should she get?

– Norm