Back in late 2016, Terry and I both bought Moto Z Play smartphones. At the time, Terry was reluctant to give up her old flip phone and didn’t think she needed or wanted a smartphone. But it didn’t take her long to realize the benefits of the newer technology. As for me, I had already had several smartphones, so it was not a big deal.
At first, we were very pleased with the Moto Zs. They had outstanding battery life, good reception even in our sketchy signal area, and they took excellent photos. But over time the batteries in both of our phones seemed to be getting weaker and weaker. To the point where Terry would have hers plugged in while we were watching the 11 o’clock news, and it would be at 100% when she unplugged it as the news was going off. By the next morning, the battery would down to 13% or so, and the phone usually shut itself off not long after that. Mine was not quite as bad, but it wasn’t much better, either. Both phones need to be charged twice a day. Mine also had a cracked screen, nothing terrible, and the Gorilla Glass held it together, but we decided we were tired of that nonsense, and it was time to upgrade.
I have always had good luck with Samsung phones, and we started looking at the new Galaxy S20 Note, but quickly decided we didn’t really need all that it offered. And we definitely did not need the $1299 price tag per phone either! A little more research led us to the Galaxy S10+, and I asked for some opinions on Facebook. Most of the feedback I got from people who have them was very positive. Then my daughter called to tell me that her husband Kenny has one, while she has the slightly smaller S10E, and they are both very happy with them. Tiffany said the biggest drawback for her with Kenny’s S10+ is that its a little too big for her hands, so she can’t hold it and text with her thumb at the same time. That’s not an issue for us, since we hardly text all, and when we do, we use two hands. Even then, I usually hit the wrong keys at least half the time with my fat little sausage-like fingers.
I was going to order two of them from Amazon, but since we use Consumer Cellular, I decided to check their website to see if they had any deals on them, and I’m glad I did. As it turned out, they had the same phone for $200 each less than Amazon and were offering a special with $50 down and 24 months no interest payments. I had planned to buy them outright, but what the heck? If I can use somebody else’s money for a couple of years with no interest, I’ll do it. So I ordered them Sunday night, and they are supposed to be here within 2 to 3 business days. Of course, then I will have all the fun of transferring everything over from the old phones to the new, but I’ll figure it out.
Besides talking about and researching phones yesterday, I got another 3,500 words done in on my new Tinder Street book, as well as proofing everything I had written the day before. That was enough work for one day, so after dinner, we relaxed in our recliners watching television. Due to the pandemic, there’s nothing new on broadcast TV, but I like true crime shows, and sometimes they give me ideas for one of my books, so I have several them recorded.
But Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa was playing on the NatGeo channel when I turned the TV on. Since we had never watched it, I decided to check it out. It was actually pretty interesting. I had never seen rhinos mating before, and I’m not sure I need to see it again. After that, we watched Lone Star Law, a favorite of ours that follows the work of Texas Game Wardens. Then a true crime show and the local news. After that, it was about time to call it a night. We lead such exciting lives.
I often share funny signs that we see in our travels or that our readers share with us, but today I thought I would show you a meme that I saw on Facebook yesterday. I don’t know about you, but it seems pretty accurate to me.
Congratulations Lois Thurston, winner of our drawing for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground reviews, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. We had 54 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – All good things must come to an end. Which is why Covid-19 seems to be going on forever.