H”app”Y

I knew that I wanted the pink Motorola Razr cell phone right after watching the commercial featuring the Psychedelic Fur’s Pretty in Pink song.  It was a no brainer since I needed a new phone- I love the color pink and the Psychedelic Furs so this pink clamshell flip phone was the obvious choice.  Tim surprised me with this phone and all the accessories that go along with a new phone in December of 2005 when I graduated from the MBA program.

Pretty in Pink This phone was so awesome.  It was so sleek, lightweight and easy to use.  I also loved the fact that it came with a built-in camera.  Not that I ever used the camera that much, it was a nice feature to have when I didn’t have my digital camera with me.  I carried this phone with me for 5 years and rarely ever used it.  In fact, most of the time it was turned off so the caller would automatically go to voicemail. I would often get the question, “Why don’t you ever answer your phone” from my family and friends.   I don’t know why I still have the pink phone in my possession but I still do.  You could say that I owned this cell phone to use for emergency purposes.

It was not until December 2010 that I finally caught up with the rest of the world and purchased a smartphone.  My pink phone was on its last leg and my friends were texting me to Tim’s phone because it took me forever to type a response using the alpha characters on the old-fashioned telephone keypad. Boy technology changes so fast.

If you have been reading this blog regularly, you know that the iPhone was my pick of the litter of smartphones on the market.

The first week of owning the phone, I was so intimidated with the iPhone and only used its basic features.  I set up voicemail, sent a few text messages and played around with the camera.  That was until I discovered the app store. Not knowing a good from a bad app, I texted my good friend L who had been using the iPhone for some time and was familiar and in the know of what apps I needed to get started and to have some fun.

L and her husband R started firing off lists of apps that I needed one after another. urban dictionary, shazam, ransom note, emoji, open table, living social, NY Times, WSJ to name a few and to get me going. Those apps captured my attention and taught me that this phone was in fact really smart.

I got so fired up playing around with my new handheld mini computer that I started to explore all on my own.  Then BAM the wonderful world of games all  available at my fingertips… I went into game overload- Angry Birds, DoodleJump, Fruit Ninja, Scrabble, Uno, Bejeweled, Tetris, LineUp, Flood-It, Trio and the list goes on. I know, I know, I am a closet gamer and love video games.   I don’t know and would never admit how many hours I actually wasted playing the original, seasons, and Rio Angry Birds.  Warning:  Angry Bird game apps are outrageously fun and highly addictive.

I also paid for TapTyping a typing trainer app.  I wanted to learn how to touch type on my phone keyboard with some degree of proficiency.  I also wanted looked cool like my young niece and nephew typing a mile a minute using two hands.

The rest is app history.  Nine and a half months later, I have over 120 apps on my iPhone.  Several of these apps are used every day and help keep me organized and on top of current events.

If you are looking for a sound app to record your runs, may I suggest the Running Log app.  It’s really easy to use and it allows you to export the file to an Excel Spreadsheet to save to your computer.  Once you have it in Excel, you can get creative and manipulate the data into fancy spreadsheets and graphs to monitor the peaks and valleys of your training.

I am so H”app”Y that I decided to make the investment in the iPhone and to take the time to learn the power that this phone has.  I do not know how I survived so long without this device.  My husband calls my phone my second soul mate because it always with me and powered on.  I do follow my own telephone etiquette advice as written in this post so no worries, I am not a hypocrite.

How many apps do you have? Do you use all of them? Please share any app secrets in the comments below.