On the Outs

Technology and I are currently experiencing a really rocky part in our relationship. Right now, I am using a Blackberry Pearl for a phone… do you even remember those? As I mentioned in the Five Don’ts of Bike Commuting, my former phone fell out of my pocket on my first day commuting to work on bike and straight into a puddle. Apparently your pants’ pocket isn’t the ideal place to store your phone while riding a bike.

I am eligible for my upgrade with Verizon this coming Wednesday, so I decided to just suck it up for the month or so with the old Blackberry Pearl I had from several years ago. It works fine, but it won’t even let me take and store photos because it says the memory is full, and it’s kind of embarrassing to use because it looks so ancient. The only good thing is that getting the iPhone 4s (!!!) is going to feel even more like a dream after getting reacquainted with the Pearl.

So there’s that.

But then to top it off, this past weekend, I managed to break both my camera AND my laptop. My camera was in my purse and apparently it got turned while flopping around in there, and the lens got stuck out and now the camera won’t turn on because of a “lens error”. I’m going to just wait it out until I get the iPhone because I heard the camera is pretty sweet on there, and I’m not in a financial position to get both an iPhone and a new camera right now.

Before the camera broke, I did manage to upload all the pictures onto my computer, before that decided to die too. And of course, I selected “Delete from Card after uploading” for the first time in ages, so the pictures are no longer on the memory card and I am unable to get them off my computer. That would be fine if I had already written about the Cheesy Butternut Squash Bake OR had shared the pictures from all my friends who were visiting this past weekend, but alas, I did not.

I’m in the process of reformatting the hard drive, so hopefully I will be able to get the computer usable again, but in any case everything on there is gone – pictures, music, videos, etc. Guess it’s true when they say you should back your stuff up.

So, clearly, technology and I are on the outs right now. Hopefully that starts looking up later this week. Fingers crossed for Wednesday!

What type of phone do you currently have? Love it, like it, hate it?

48 Comments on On the Outs

  1. Amy
    November 14, 2011 at 8:50 am (9 years ago)

    I have an old phone–it’s a pinky-red Motorola that you flip open. I’m in desperate need of a new one because this one doesn’t last for any length of time and is quite cranky.

    • Beth
      November 14, 2011 at 10:16 am (9 years ago)

      My phone is so cranky too. It gets this hourglass on it sometimes that will just flip up and down for a long time, and I have to take the battery out to reset it or else it won’t do anything. I think it’ll help me to appreciate the new phone a million times more, at least!

  2. Samantha
    November 14, 2011 at 8:56 am (9 years ago)

    Team Drooooid. I have the Android HTC Incredible – and I love it! The iphone looks pretty sweet, but it was out of my budget.

    • Beth
      November 14, 2011 at 10:09 am (9 years ago)

      They are really expensive, but I get the two-year new agreement price, plus a $30 credit on Wednesday, so I think it’ll be about $170, which is a lot, but it’ll be a phone/camera/ipod, so it’s not SO bad!

      • Samantha
        November 14, 2011 at 12:29 pm (9 years ago)

        Yeah, I tend to collect technology devices (digital camera, dvd camcorder, netbook, kindle…) the iphone would probably handle all of those things in one! But I do love my droid, although I bought it last year and it’s 3G, I’m kind of wishing I had 4G capability because it just came to my area. Maybe I’ll upgrade for Christmas!

  3. Katgoat
    November 14, 2011 at 9:00 am (9 years ago)

    yep team droid FTW! I’ve got the samsung galaxy s. Looks like an iphone but with a better operating system and way cheaper!

  4. Cristina
    November 14, 2011 at 9:13 am (9 years ago)

    What a bummer about your technolgy issues. Losing pictures is the WORST 🙁
    I have a Droid X and I LOVE IT!!!!

  5. Katy Widrick
    November 14, 2011 at 9:40 am (9 years ago)


    Carbonite — so worth the investment.

  6. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    November 14, 2011 at 9:49 am (9 years ago)

    Technology and I get into fights on the regular. I am currently sporting a 3-year-old blackberry curve. It is SUCH a trooper- but I could not be more excited for my upgrade over Christmas to the iphone!

    • Lindsay
      November 14, 2011 at 11:31 pm (9 years ago)

      You an I are in the same situation! I have an old blackberry curve and it is DYING on me! I cannot wait to upgrade to a “real” smartphone! 😀

  7. liz
    November 14, 2011 at 9:51 am (9 years ago)

    I have a Droid incredible, and I love it. Sorry about your luck.

  8. Katherine
    November 14, 2011 at 10:05 am (9 years ago)

    Sorry to hear about your technology woes. I’ve also dealt with a camera that had a lens error, and after some googling, I found that the best solution is to take it and smack the bottom of the camera really hard against your hand. It may take a couple tries, but it works.

  9. Jill
    November 14, 2011 at 10:14 am (9 years ago)

    That’s terrible everything decided to go on you at once. For your computer, I highly recommend Arlington Virginia Computer Repair http://arlingtonvacomputerrepair.com/. The owner runs it out of his house. He provides free estimates and when my laptop died a couple of years ago he was able to recover everything on there that I wanted (pictures, music, files, internet bookmarks, etc) for a really reasonable price and very quickly. I think the turnaround time was less than a week. So if reformatting your hard drive doesn’t work, and you still want to retrieve stuff from your laptop, I would recommend checking them out.

    • Beth
      November 14, 2011 at 10:18 am (9 years ago)

      Thanks for the recommendation Jill!

  10. christi p
    November 14, 2011 at 10:14 am (9 years ago)

    totally unrelated to this post but I LOVED the lentil loaf. Made it last night. What a great recipe, great flavors, will make this again for sure!!!! thank-you!

    • Beth
      November 14, 2011 at 10:19 am (9 years ago)

      I’m so glad you loved it Christi!! I’ve actually been thinking about making it again lately… it really is so good!

  11. Annon
    November 14, 2011 at 10:19 am (9 years ago)

    You are going to love the new Iphone, that thing is amazeballs. Seriously.

    Also, after you get it check out the website “Sh!t Siri says” and then have fun asking her all of those things. Siri is so fun.

  12. Laurel
    November 14, 2011 at 10:19 am (9 years ago)

    I’m pro droid as well, I have a Samsung Stealth 510 and it’s great!! 4G is nice to have when it’s accessible (which it is in most of DC).

  13. Natasha
    November 14, 2011 at 10:30 am (9 years ago)

    I can relate to the camera! I dropped mine with the lens open and it cracked and broke and says the same error!! ARG! An option my be Kijiji? I found a great one to replace on there…cheap!

  14. Jim
    November 14, 2011 at 10:31 am (9 years ago)

    I got a Samsung Galaxy S. From the same makers as the iPhone (the real people that made the iPhone, not Apple). Works awesome but Verizon is to $$$$!!!

  15. Megan C.
    November 14, 2011 at 10:35 am (9 years ago)

    My husband and I both have iPhones. We love them! We had Blackberry Storms before we switched over. (Prior to that I had the Pearl so I get it) When he was home on R&R he had to use his Blackberry Storm and he said he felt like he had regressed. You’ll love the iPhone!

    I feel your pain about the computer. I know to back up and yet I didn’t on my home computer and there was an issue so I lost a chunk of stuff. I highly recommend a small external hard drive or even a flash drive to back stuff up. I know hindsight is 20/20.

  16. Lisa
    November 14, 2011 at 11:43 am (9 years ago)

    Bummer!!! 🙁

    I have an iPhone. It’s an old one, the 3Gs but it works great and I love it. I will never have another phone other than an iPhone.

  17. Rebecca
    November 14, 2011 at 11:54 am (9 years ago)

    I have the iphone 4s. just got it last week and I am IN LOVE. I spent my first two days with it pretty much just staring at its gorgeousness. I had a palm pre before so this was a huge, much needed upgrade!

  18. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    November 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm (9 years ago)

    As a high school photography teacher, I have seen “lens error” many times. Unfortunately, 9 times out of 10, it means that the lens is broken and will need to be repaired. It’s not worth it though- it generally costs at least half as much as you paid for the camera (or more!) to fix. If you’re looking for a great point-and-shoot that isn’t pricey, I can definitely give you some recommendations!
    But, if you’re getting the iPhone 4s, you’ll probably have quality that is just as good as a compact digital camera.
    Keep us updated on how much you love your iPhone… I have a Droid 2 and am eligible for an upgrade… I want the 4S, but keep holding out for that iPhone 5….

  19. Jenny
    November 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm (9 years ago)

    Ha ha I have an old Samsung HUE r500 for Alltel. Um, yeah I’ve been eligible for upgrade for a long time now LOL and Verizon bought out Alltel how long ago? Anyway, I will be ordering a new phone this week, as my battery is starting to die sooner and sooner.

  20. Katy A
    November 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm (9 years ago)

    I have the Droid Epic 4G… I love it!! It comes with 16GB memory plus you can expand to 32GB.

  21. Kim
    November 14, 2011 at 1:05 pm (9 years ago)

    Sorry about all of your technology problems..how annoying! :\ I have the EVO through Sprint and I really like it. My only complaint would be the battery life. I’m pretty sure that’s the case with most smartphones.

  22. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt
    November 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a HTC Incredible. I loved it at first. Now…not so much. I’m ready to make the switch to the iPhone. WAAAH. Not until next year though. Boooo!

  23. Liz
    November 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm (9 years ago)

    Boo technology problems! I have the google nexus one phone, which I love.

  24. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    November 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm (9 years ago)

    I loathe cell phones. We have a Droid phone that’s on a pay as you go plan and no one has the number. No one needs 24/7 access to me and everyone I know are talkers with no point to the conversation. If I’m not home it means I’m living my life and don’t want to be disturbed. I get that makes me ancient in my views but its how the Mr and I roll. 🙂

  25. Emily
    November 14, 2011 at 3:35 pm (9 years ago)

    My laptop is also being rude right now…maybe there’s something going on… lol

    I have the iPhone 4…love love love. The camera is pretty awesome.

  26. Jenny
    November 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm (9 years ago)

    yay for an iPhone! I have a 3Gs and am waiting for the “5” to come out for my upgrade. You’ll love it!

    Sucks about the computer/camera. I have a Western Digital external back up drive that I love. You can even set it up to automatically back up such as every week on Monday at 2am.

  27. Lili
    November 14, 2011 at 4:42 pm (9 years ago)

    I love my iPhone 4. You will love the iPhone if you end up getting it!! Easy to use, camera is great and there are tons of photo apps you can use to get some nice and fun effects~
    Have a great week!

  28. Mary (A Merry Life)
    November 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm (9 years ago)

    I have an iphone and I love it. But it’s an old version… I still haven’t upgraded past the iphone 3. 🙂

  29. Nikki
    November 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm (9 years ago)

    I just got an iphone 4s to replace an ancient Blackberry Curve that I waited out the contract on. I LOVE IT! I have all mac computers and it allows me to sync everything.
    Enjoy your new phone!!

  30. Roz
    November 14, 2011 at 7:01 pm (9 years ago)

    Holy smokes Beth, when the technology breakdown rains, it pours. Grrr. I feel your pain. I have a fairly new but REALLY annoying Samsung phone that I got as an “upgrade”. It keeps turning itself off and on in my purse, and when I need it, the battery is drained. My husband isn’t working right now, but when he gets a new job, and I know where we stand financially, I’ll probably get an iphone. Have a good week.

  31. Hilary
    November 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm (9 years ago)

    Yuck! Technology errors are NO FUN! Hope you get everything all figured out. I have an iPhone 4 – LOVE. Not sure how I ever lived without one!

  32. Shelly @ Cake is a Food Group
    November 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm (9 years ago)

    It’s almost Wednesday now, so this might not do you that much good, but did you know that Verizon will let you upgrade about a month before you are due for an upgrade at no charge? I found that out the last time I got a new phone. I currently have a crappy Droid (also a puddle accident), but will be upgrading (early!) to a iPhone4S in January. I had my phone in my pocket as well before it ended up in a puddle. Girl pockets are definitely not made for phones!

    • Beth
      November 15, 2011 at 10:02 am (9 years ago)

      Hi Shelly! The would let me upgrade early, but I get a $30 credit if I wait until tomorrow, and I am cheap. =)

      • Shelly @ Cake is a Food Group
        November 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm (9 years ago)

        Oh interesting. I better check to make sure I’m not missing out on some credit too! Thanks!

  33. Melissa Collins
    November 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm (9 years ago)

    I have a brand spanking new iphone4s! Its my first iphone and I love love love it! My wonderful husband even sweetened the deal by buying me a brand spanking new ipad 2! Which I used to read the whole blog this weekend! I love the siri thing I tell her to set alarms set timers, she even helped show me how to transfer my contacts into my new phone! Verizon has always been great about allowing me to upgrade a few days/weeks early in the past, however they are sticklers about all things apple!

  34. Heather
    November 15, 2011 at 1:35 am (9 years ago)

    I-Phone 4 and deeply in love with it! It really is the best phone out there (IMO anyway). It can do everything!

  35. Alice
    November 15, 2011 at 6:07 am (9 years ago)

    I have a super-old Blackberry Bold for work. Everyone else seems to have upgraded to iPhones but I’m having trouble justifying one for my current job. My husband’s getting an iPhone 4S as his new work phone tomorrow and he’s NOT an Apple fan, so that should be an interesting experience.

    Personally, we both use HTC Desires. I would like a better quality camera but otherwise I think it’s a fantastic phone.

    That sounds like three items of bad luck so hopefully your technology problems are over now!

  36. Lisa
    November 15, 2011 at 9:14 am (9 years ago)

    I got the DroidX back in December and hated it. I had so many technical issues with it such as shutting off randomly, freezing, keyboard errors. I got the iPhone 4 a few months ago and love it so far! Everything is very easy to use. To me it seems like they tried to go too fancy with the Droid and the basic functions you need a phone for just dont work as well as with the iPhone. You’ll love it!

  37. Jill
    November 15, 2011 at 10:01 am (9 years ago)

    Good luck with getting up and running on your technology again!!

  38. Dee
    November 15, 2011 at 4:24 pm (9 years ago)

    I love my iphone4S more than words can say. Can’t keep my hands off of it! My previous phone was the original iPhone, so it’s a huge leap forward for me too.


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