Tag: educating the old

iphone Help

I put it off as long as I could but the day of reckoning has arrived.

I think everyone pretty much knows that I am the dinosaur of the group, a baby boomer who is on the descending side of that bell curve. Although there is a definite advantage to being old-er (no commute to work for me, no worries about providing for my family, don’t have to suck in my gut when a pretty girl walks by) the down side is that old adage about teaching an old dog new tricks is steeped in reality. Learning anything technological is harder. Yeah, I got a Kindle, but all that other space age gadgetry, and the majority of stuff most people do on computers, it’s all Chinese to me.

The other day my wife and I had “the talk”, we are all getting new iphone 4s’s. As my pulse raced and beads of sweat dripped down my face, the reality that I will now have to learn something new caught in my throat. I’m a dumb phone guy, always have been, now I have to enter the 21st. century. Sure, I could ask my kid how to work this damn thing (why is it that teenagers instinctively know everything about electronic gadgets?), but if I’m to retain any semblance of self respect, I need to show some level of competency.

So I need help. I figure most here have iphones (or equivalent), any preference on providers? I assume that they all provide the same speeds for data, does it come down to coverage? Although I have read that other smart phones (like the Samsung galaxy 2S) provide a nice alternative, she has made up her mind to go with Apple, that’s what her friends have, so that is not negotiable. Any opinions on what size I should get? We are going with a family plan, 3 phones, the kid is getting the 64mb, I won’t be downloading movies or songs, will the 16 mb work for me? The cheapest data plans offer 2 gigs of data per month, is that sufficient (naturally we have to sign up for 2 years, so I want to get it right)? My understanding (could be all wrong) is that every thing you do with a smart phone, you do through an app that you have to download, what apps do you guys like the best and use the most often?

Reading technical manuals send me into epileptic fits, it will probably take me a month or more to get through this one, are there any things I should master first, aside from turning it on, making a call, or bringing up the web?

We all most evolve (Damn you, Darwin) but some of us are dragged kicking and screaming. Thanks for any help or advice in advance.