You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
Song Info (from Beatlesongs):”You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)” was 100% written by Lennon and released as a single in the UK on March 6, 1970, as the B side to “Let It Be.” It failed to chart in the US when it was released a little later. Â John said, “That was a piece of unfinished music that I turned into a comedy record with Paul.” Â Paul said, “We had these endless, crazy fun sessions… And it was just hilarious to put that record together.”
I really, really dislike my current phone, an HTC Fuze that I’ve been using on AT&T for a little over a year now. Â I was really proud of myself for researching it before I bought it – website reviews, hands-on demos at the store, comparisons, all that. Â It looked like a good phone. Â I liked the feel and look of it, and after several weeks of thinking it over, I finally bought it. Â I was re-upping my contract at the same time, so I got a price break on it, and the salesman looked it up online and price-matched Walmart.com, so I got a really, really good deal on it.
You know how it is when you get a new phone, it takes you a little while to get used to it. Â This is my first phone with a touchscreen on it, and that was a big step for me. Â I know touchscreens are all future-y and everything, but they aren’t yet practical for me. Â Please note the “for me” on the end of that sentence – I know plenty of people who love touchscreens and want nothing else. Â Just because it works well for them or you doesn’t mean it’s a good fit for me. Â So far it isn’t. Â I don’t like that while I’m on a phone call my ear will open random programs or change settings. Â Anyway, right off the bat I had my doubts about the phone, but I figured it was just a learning curve and I’d come to like it.
Two months into the phone and I just wasn’t liking it. Â There were days I wanted to throw it across the room. Â So many weird little frustrating things about it that by themselves would have been okay, but when summed added up to “Phone I Dislike Strongly.” Â I called AT&T to see if there was anything I could do about it. Â “If you had taken it back in in the first 30 days…” Â I don’t really blame AT&T for that, I just wish I would’ve figured that out before my 30 days was up.
A while into my ownership of this phone an operating system update came out for it. Â I figured it wouldn’t hurt, so I upgraded. Â As a general rule before this phone, I’ve gotten good use and had good experiences with Windows Mobile. Â I like the way it’s set up and I like how it ties in with the stuff I use, and I particularly like the new tie-in features with Windows 7. Â However. I don’t know if it’s the phone, the OS, or the combination of the two, but the upgrade didn’t help. Â The phone is sluggish, even with simple tasks. Â Memory use is well below levels that would cause sluggishness, so that isn’t it. Â It loses voicemail setup every so often and the keyboard refuses to respond some times.
Sadly, I don’t have a lot of options at this point. Â My contract isn’t up until next year, and without reupping a contract, phones are prohibitively expensive. Â Aside from that, there aren’t any phones out there right now that meet both the “available to me” and “I like it” qualifications. Â I’m one of the two people who hasn’t ever really had problems with AT&T, so I don’t care to jump to another provider, and besides, jumping now would incur fairly large contract termination fees. Â On top of that, I can talk to other AT&T people without using minutes, and I have many friends on AT&T. Â I love what I’ve seen of the Droid, but it’s not available for AT&T.
Right now there are a bunch of you saying, “Get an iPhone! Â They’re so awesome! Â Besides you hate Windows Mobile!” Â Sorry, the iPhone isn’t for me. Â There are exactly two things I like about the iPhone: the ability to see and select specific voicemails and Shazam. Â Two things I absolutely despise about the iPhone: touchscreen only and the fact that you have to use iTunes to put anything on it. Â There are very few programs I despise more than iTunes, but that’s probably a whole ‘nother blog entry on its own. Â There are other reasons the iPhone isn’t for me, but those two would be enough on their own. Â Also, I don’t hate Windows Mobile, I just haven’t been enjoying this latest experience. Â There’s still a lot I like about it.
Really, unless I want to spend several hundred dollars on a new phone, I’m really kind of stuck right now. Â There are some great-looking Windows 7 phones on the holiday season horizon and rumors of some Droid-based AT&T phones coming, so I’m hopeful I’ll get something decent when my contract is up. Â Til then, I’m stuck with with what I have.
I wish cell phones were more like computers so I could install whatever OS on them I wanted. Â If I want to put Windows or Linux or any number of whatever operating systems there are on my PC, I can. Â Whatever one works best for me in whatever situation, that’s the one I’m going to use. Â If I had that option on this phone, maybe I wouldn’t mind being stuck with it for however many more months.
My needs are simple – a physical keyboard, a decent quick-to-start camera, a large display, easy email use, and snappy speeds. Â That doesn’t sound so hard to me, but I guess I’m too picky.