Sunday, October 9, 2016

Simple Pleasure Sunday: Using my New Phone

My phone died last Monday afternoon. From old age. Since I got it right before my 30th birthday trip to Paris, that means it was 2 1/2 years old. With major memory problems from the beginning, I never loved it, but I strive not to complain in general. 

On Tuesday evening, I visited my local T-Mobile store and selected a new one, probably the second cheapest one in the store instead of the most economical one this time. It is another Android, a Samsung Galaxy J7. I love it. And do you know why? Because it's functional. Unlike my former phone, it doesn't take long to do anything. I don't have to clear data from app storage on a regular basis nor immediately delete photos. My apps no longer constantly remind me that they need updating. The emails I draft are actually sent to the recipient. I can now scroll down my Instagram feed even if there's a video at the top. I get to have all the apps I want! Not that I want all that many. I have already redeemed three offers in the cash back app called ibotta. It's nice to have Yelp on my phone when I travel. (I hope to head to Philadelphia soon!) The memo app is a bit easier to use, which is fantastic for a list-maker like me. Plus, the images on Instagram and Pinterest look great. Since I do not know a lot about technology, I required the salesperson's assistance. He said this phone had a better camera than the cheapest phone. I like to travel light and use my phone as a camera so I don't have to bring yet another device on short trips. I need to order a case for my precious phone as soon as possible. I've been trying to look for a chic one online. My favorite so far is this white marble one.

My new phone on my desk. 
Goes with the black and white with metallic accents theme in that corner.

I am slowly setting it up. My (free) background which is white with a pale pink cherry blossom branch in the middle allows the apps to stand out. (Spring is my favorite season.) I have my home screen full of apps and organized as I like. I am actually only using one of the three pages. I have more when I click on Apps though. I decided against transferring my contacts. Always having done so over the years, I have so many people and businesses saved that I would never call. After asking people or consulting my paper address book or email folders, I am slowly entering in names and numbers now. If you know me in real life and have my number, feel free to call or text me so I enter the digits. I also hope to pay this phone off in like 5 payments over a short time rather than over 24 months as advertised. Winter is coming and I do not earn a lot of commission then. (I was unexpectedly poor during the spring last year too.)

You will also see with my upcoming fall capsule wardrobe post that upgrade is the name of my game lately. I am so happy with my new phone!


  1. Yay for your new phone! It makes life a bit easier if not phone addicted. I bought my phone especially for the camera, like you, would like to travel with not another big device (sometimes I couldn't resist to bring it, lol!) but it sure is better. For the list making I still reach for my notebook and pen(cil) than the phone. Anyway, good choice on the the cover. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    1. I ended up ordering another phone case in my favorite color, a dark yet bright pink, instead. It has yet to be delivered. If I don't like it, then maybe I'll go with that white marble one. I both write in my planner to kinda schedule things and have those master lists in my phone to reuse.

  2. A functional phone is so nice. Yours looks very sleek and chic.

    1. It is so nice... This is by far the biggest screen that I have had, but I agree with you, it still is sleek. All my phones have been black or navy, so the white is a refreshing change. Hopefully, my protective case in a cheery color arrives soon though. I hope it is chic as this new one is in my hand a bit more now.