So, the last few months have been hard for me in all ways but one. You see, my life has been a whirlwind and I can’t seem to get my hands around anything. Except, that is, my grown up phone. Since July I have had a phone that is all mine. It is a luxury, and one I don’t know how I will live without. (Talk about a first world problem!) My iPhone is loaded with enough kids’ apps to sink a big freaking ship, but I flew under the kiddie radar with my Samsung Galaxy S3 from Verizon. This lovely phone is 4G and in 3 months I have not downloaded one.single.kids’ app.
It is totally amazing. My own phone. For the first time since I have had children, as I only had a blackberry until Violet was born. My own smart phone.
I was going to tell you all how I organize my phone, but I realized that it is a quite complicated system on my iPhone with all the stuff I have on there. There are folders for everything and with kids it is quite a mess. On my Samsung there is nothing but my stuff, and I rock the phone quite simply. I’ve got a page for photography apps, a page for my social media apps and then the basics of the phone and my favorite things.
My kids think it is actually a grown up phone that can’t have kid stuff on it at all. I didn’t even have to lie to them. Because the Samsung turns on differently and has more than one button, they were a little confused and gave up on it when they didn’t see any cartoons. Brilliant!
The best part of all of this is that the Samsung is better than my iPhone 4. While the apps are not quite as awesome in all cases, most of them rock and they run a million times faster on the 4G connection than my iPhone4 does on 3G. Like, I mean, I can actually watch videos that don’t time out due to buffering. I can also comment on blog posts and use whatever browser I want with ease and I can totally comfortably read books on the larger screen. Books that have no pictures. Finally, I have had a phone with a hot spot that allows me to use my computer or my kindle or anything else without jailbreaking an iPhone. It is simply awesome.
This is the last day of my official relationship with Verizon, though I have been a happy Verizon customer for 10 years and will be for a long time. The service is fantastic and the customer support has always been amazing. I will have to choose between my iPhone and switching my service to the Samsung and being forced to reveal all the awesome apps there actually are for kids on the Android platform. Either way, my days of having a grown up phone are over for now and I am really quite spooked by it.
Most mothers know, when you have kids, it is hard to have things that are just yours. It may seem silly, but this phone was just mine, and that is something I will sorely miss.
Do you have anything that is just yours anymore? I bet if you do, it is not your phone.
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.