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02 April 2019 @ 05:39 am
Living in science fiction  
I am about to join the 21st century (“dragged kicking and screaming” would be an exaggeration) by getting a smartphone. The part that bothers me is writing messages, as I am clumsy (“dick-fingered,” the Texans say) with hands that have always trembled and age has withered and/or custom staled. (The term I like is claudication, because it is an Anthony Burgess word; no Burgess novel is complete without claudication and apotropaic.) I am told one can get a phone with a stylus, which should help. Suggestions and advice gratefully accepted.
Tom Jacksonjacksontom on April 2nd, 2019 12:35 pm (UTC)
You can also get a bluetooth keyboard, including ones that are fairly portable.

I love having a smartphone; having a portable computer you can carry in your pocket has all sorts of uses. One of the advantages of growing old is the ability to appreciate advances in technology.
markbernsteinmarkbernstein on April 2nd, 2019 01:57 pm (UTC)
I'm fond of the Moto G series. My current phone is a G6, and the G7 just came out. They give me over 90% of what I'd get from a top-end Android phone, for about a third or less of the price.

On the other hand, if you want maximum ease of use, and trembling hands are an issue, you might look at the Jitterbug. It's specifically designed for seniors. My mother has one, and is happy with it. And it's even cheaper than the Moto.

Either (or just about any phone, really) will work with a stylus.
sturgeonslawyer: Defaultsturgeonslawyer on April 2nd, 2019 03:09 pm (UTC)
I highly recommend the Samsung Galaxy Note series, which comes with a pretty good stylus and a place to keep it. They are nearly as overpriced as an iPhone, but there is no need to buy the most recent (unless you want some feature they've added); the one previous should be relatively inexpensive. (This tends to be true no matter what brand you wind up buying.)

What I tend to use my phone for - other than Pokemon Go of course :) - is checking email (rarely answering from the phone as I find the tiny onscreen keyboard annoying) and weather forecasts; plus quick settle-the-argument websearches using the incantation "Hey, Google...".
sturgeonslawyer: Defaultsturgeonslawyer on April 2nd, 2019 03:14 pm (UTC)
PS: I'm pretty sure neither of those words occurs in A Clockwork Orange... When I first read it I would have had to look them both up.

Edited at 2019-04-02 03:14 pm (UTC)
Sharon Kahndreamshark on April 2nd, 2019 04:22 pm (UTC)
You can also use voice input for searches, composing messages, opening apps, etc. I hate talking to machines even more than I hate hitting teeny little virtual keyboard letters with my finger, but I do use it sometimes.

Google's voice recognition is so far superior to Apple's that when I do use voice search I use the Google app even though I have an iPhone. Siri is a blockhead. I use Siri for setting timers (which is the only thing I have found that she does reliably) and sometimes for calling someone in my contact list (which she gets right about half the time).