Thursday, September 1, 2011


Infatuated, addicted, bewitched, engrossed, Android.

True love.

It's happened. When I borrowed Julie's iPhone in Taiwan, I knew it was only a matter of time before I would seek my teeth into my own delicious smartphone. My cell contract expired last month, and my opportunity finally arrived. Sold.

Javier is addicted, too.

I decided to stay with my current cell company (AU) and use the re-contracting bonus to lower the price of the phone, and they only stock Androids, not iPhones. But I love it. I will never, ever look back. This little chunk of technology has changed my life.

Let me count the ways:

1. Radio. The app TuneIn Radio let's me listen to just about any station I could desire. I've been tuning into Seattle's STAR 101.5, plugging the android into my car stereo, and pretending that I never left. It makes me happy. And a little sad.

2. Reading. The Kindle app is brilliant. No need to pan out an extra hundred bucks for a kindle when I can read all the books I want right on my phone! I just devoured the free ebook "Treasure Island" and then bought a Murakami book I hadn't read yet (Sputnik Sweetheart) and am more than halfway done already. I still love to hold a book in my hand, store it on my bookshelf... but you can't beat the convenience of an ebook.

3. Sleeping. I'm using the free trial of "Sleep as an Droid" and love it so far. It tracks my movement when I am sleeping to determine when I am in deep and light sleep, then wakes me without a certain time window when I seem to be moving the most and wake me from light sleep instead of deep sleep. I don't know if it really works or is just mental, but I wake up earlier and immediately feel more alert.  *It also records my sleep talking, which is just plain entertaining.*

4. Lists! I do love my lists, and between the OI Shopping and Taskos Apps, I can plan away to my heart's content. I love crossing things off lists, even digitally! And this way I always have my lists with me; no more forgetting them on the fridge!

Thanks for letting me get that out. This is just a very short list of all the apps I love, but I hate to bore you more than I already have.  :)


  1. don't forget about the fish wallpaper! addicted is the word you used, I believe ;)

  2. how much was your phone? i've been contemplating getting a smart phone of my own possibly since my original contract with AU is over too

  3. I will never forget about my fishies! But I am waiting for them to have babies before we go public. :P

    Ron! It's hard to say.... I think if you buy the phone straight out it's 6man, but with AU points and monthly payments, and recontracting bonus... it's much cheaper. Sorry I can't be more of a help!