On the weekend, I attended a funeral far out in the rural area of southern Manitoba. My wife put her cell-phone in my hand as I was departing, saying “Take my cell-phone in case you need to make a call…”. I think that’s code for “so I can keep track of you”, but I slid it into my pocket.
A couple of hours later, I was stopped by police for not having a front licence plate. My wife usually operates the vehicle since I am usually in the North so afterwards I tried making a call to her to discuss the matter. I could not figure out how to make a call with it. My wife had shown me how to “unlock” the phone but not how to make a call. I guess she thought it was too obvious. I could not figure it out and drove on.
After returning to Winnipeg where I dropped off a passenger, I tried again to phone home. At the funeral I had asked a young lady if she knew how to turn off the phone so that it would not ring during the service. She did it in a couple of seconds. When I tried to wake the phone up, I could not find the “power” button or any other button that looked like it might boot things up. I madly pushed every button I could find and the thing finally lit up. I have no idea which key or combination I pressed to wake it up…
There was a green button to make a call. I had pushed it before, thinking that would “take the phone off the hook” so I could dial. This time I dialled the number and then pushed the green button. This time it worked.
Well, I guess that “feature” phone is a big improvement over the first phones that were the size of a brick with buttons all over, in that there were fewer buttons, but it still was not very smart. I find it sad that in this day we need to RTFM to get something to work right away. PCs aren’t that way and neither are smartphones from what I have seen. The feature phone seemed stupid to me.
I think this year I will buy something “smart” but it may not be a phone.