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A phone is a phone is a phone…or is it??

Right now I’ve come full circle on my mobile phone. Back in the early 1990’s I babysat my sister in law’s brick mobile phone while she travelled overseas. Knowing she was to return soon I just had to have this gadget attached to my hand and so I bought myself a phone. It was the start of my long ongoing love /hate relationship with Optus. I think it was a Motorola, I know it was big, heavy and had an external stick aerial. I’ve always been a gadget girl.

Over the years I bought myself a collection of phones, each reducing in size, improving on the colour (black was the initial phone colour) and the functions. The brands were an array of Nokia, Samsung, LG, Motorola  and Panasonic.  I searched for ‘lady phones’ preferring the ‘clam shell style. The most important feature was appearance and inclusions such as a makeup mirror ( I found a lot that had this feature). On average I kept my phones about a year or so. They were accessories not phones to me.  I have had purple, pink, gold, silver and of course the  ‘special ‘ phones.

My favourite of all times was my Samsung t500. I had to wait for the gold tone version to arrive (most people had the Dorothy red slipper colour but I always preferred to be a little different).This phone set me back around $1000 in its day. I bought it outright as I did many of my phones. The face had a cubic zirconia face and they could be lit in a variety of colours to indicate the caller. It even had a short leather strap that had a stainless steel ring with a zirconia on the band. The idea was to dangle it off your finger. Recently I have been decluttering my home and tossed most of my phones …except this one. Some things are just too precious!photo(2)photo(3)

Another “ just have to have” was the rose tone Motorola that came with a cube style set dangler . The photo doesn’t do the rose tone justice. Again it had a makeup mirror and this one even had a camera. The leather pouch it came with added to its charm.


Then I had the Panasonic G 20. I tossed it out last weekend in the declutter (it had a few scratches on the outer face) but I just had to keep its carry pouch! My thumb gives an indication of its size. Its exciting feature was you could hang it from a neck chain if you didn’t want to carry the purse. Again it featured a makeup mirror and had the most interesting round keypad .This did make it a little challenging at times to text fast. I can’t find any photos of it on my computer so I used some photos from http://www.dealsdirect.com.au/panasonic-g70-flip-mobile-phone-red/   Mine was the red (complete with a zirconia of course)



Then I “just had to have” a smartphone and chose the Samsung Wave. This was the only phone I have never been fussed on after purchase. I found it would turn itself on and off (continually)at its own whim. This would drain the battery and heat the phone rendering it unusable until you could get to charge it again ( not good if you have just left home an hour ago). It took me a while to understand why my battery would die so fast until one night I watched, as it sat on my dressing table. It turned itself on and off continually for about an hour (it was too distracting to sleep with the eerie glow that happened) but at least I solved what was happening ( and the battery ran out after an hour which solved the glow haha). I returned it twice for some software problem I was told it had but it never fixed the problem. I suffered this out as I was on a phone plan this time but ended up resorting back to my old cute purple phone to use (Motorola RAV ).

The phone plan was finally up (well not quite but I pestered optus enough)  and I got myself an iphone4S . But …don’t get excited… I did the good mother thing and gave it to my daughter to use as her phone had died. Again I needed a simple phone and got myself a pink Motorola , basic but it looked good. Then that’s when the  spin  full circle happened. Again I have my sister in law’s old iphone4. It’s a little temperamental on the home button and it’s not as snazzy as the 4S or 5.

Oh and I’ve got a collection of phones to use on the Telstra network when we travel. They do seem to cover the outback areas better in my opinion.

I’m searching for a new phone. I don’t need an iPhone as I have an iPad . But, it’s so hard to find a pretty phone now that’s different o the ones everyone else has. Guess I’ll just have to dress up the iPhone .

What is a phone to you and what sort do you have?

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I get a lot of enjoyment out of playing with my computer, iPad and  iPhone. I constantly Google apps for my ‘iProducts’ and look for programs to use on my PC. I’ve just started out on Snap Chat and  have played Draw Something for maybe too long (ahhh who’s timing) . I must admit I tried Candy Crush having seen it so often fill my Facebook newsfeed. I had watched as my friends challenged themselves, faced disappointment and were really excited with their accomplishments  but I personally wasn’t taken enough by it  to try it twice.

Today I dabbled with a program called WORDLE . I have used it before but not too frequently. “Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes.”      http://www.wordle.net

The program  was created by

It is a pictorial display of the  250 most frequently used words in my blog. I created  the palette myself, the font I used was Kenyan Coffee, I thought 250 words enough 🙂 and I’ve excluded ‘common’ English words.

What do you think of it?