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January 17th, 2010
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Update: Palm Died, What to Do
I ended up getting a phone upgrade instead of a new (or used) PDA. I played with the Google organizer applications for a while and decided I liked them, so I went with an android phone. It's the T-Mobile MyTouch and I got it quite cheaply through my plan.

Getting to know it and getting my data on it took some time. I was able to import my address book into it pretty seamlessly, but not my calendar. So I entered the calendar appointments into Google Calendar, which was pretty easy, if a bit time-consuming. I just kept two windows open - one with Google Calendar and one with the Palm Calendar and toggled back and forth. I didn't do past appointments, figuring I can look them up in Palm on my workstation if I need to and don't necessarily need to carry them around.

Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the phone so far. I don't have any fiction on it yet, but I have email, calendar, address book, alarm clock and so on. And it has a bunch of cool apps, so I'm even having fun with it. Thanks all who commented and made suggestions and answered questions.

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From:barb_krasnoff
Date:January 17th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Congrats & best of luck on your new phone.
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From:mofic
Date:January 17th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I have to ask you for tips on android phones some time. And what you think of 3D TV after the show.

That was so nice of you to take Sarah to the opera.
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From:talktooloose
Date:January 18th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
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If you can open Google documents on it, you're set. Google docs allows you to import MS Word files.
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From:mofic
Date:January 18th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
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I was so sure that wouldn't work that I hadn't tried it :-/. It's a Google system and it touts in all the promotional stuff how well it's integrated with the Google tools, so I thought they'd all be there when I got it. And, indeed, it's already set up with Gmail, Google Calendar, Google contacts and Youtube. But the user manual doesn't even mention Google Docs or Google Books or Google Scholar, all of which I'd been hoping to use with the new phone/PDA. And the mobile version of google's home page doesn't even have those tools visible. But... I tried just keying in the Google Docs url and it worked fine - the documents load fine and are formatted for the screen. And the books one worked, too, so I bookmarked them both. Thanks for prodding me!
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From:thinking_lotus
Date:January 23rd, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
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YAY! You got the new phone! I didn't realize the MyTouch was the Android phone! Now you can play with lasers and bubble wrap too ;-)
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From:mofic
Date:January 23rd, 2010 01:33 pm (UTC)
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Lasers and bubble wrap? Whatever could you mean?
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From:thinking_lotus
Date:January 23rd, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
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I emailed my friend to ask how their daughters liked the phone and she replied:

>Hi Joanna,
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>Bronwynn and Nell can let you know if they like these functions on their
>phones. From what I can tell, they like texting, playing the bubble
>wrap game and using their phones as laser lights best!
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From:mofic
Date:January 23rd, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
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LOL!
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