Are You A Total Ass Swype? Samsung Is First to Feature “Swype,” Super Fast Texting…(Shrug)

April 8th, 2010 |

Samsung might have a smart new phone, but they somehow forgot that most people would be drooling over iPads right now. This doesn’t necessarily help their “record breaking” ad campaign for the new Omnia II, but even if this phone dispensed cash, it just can’t compete with Big Mac…intosh.

Judging from the commercial, this new feature may require some graceful and concise fingering…(clearing throat sound). Grazing the touch screen from letter to letter to create words. No more typing. For me this just means more time erasing. The feature tries to make sense and connect the letters you “swype.” It kinda reminds me of that old T9 crap- always assuming some G-Rated word you had no intention of using. Strangely enough, I know people that – by some miracle – found this process useful. And in its infancy, it’s hard to say if the swyping feature will become popular – or prove to be efficient for speedy texting.

Does the world really need faster texting? Maybe we do. Maybe if we could get a text banged out quicker we would stop fiddling with our phones and get back to socializing with the person next to us.

It’s time to admit we have a problem. We religiously text rather than talk; I even used to have a voicemail that said, “hang up and send a text.”  As my professional role as Whiney Hypocrite requires, I must express my total annoyance when I am in the company of someone who seems to be half-listening as they read and write texts, interrupting as I endlessly vent my latest grievances.  And I feel shameful for my own incessant texting… okay maybe not.

The evolution of connecting via text and its presence in social situations actually is a total disconnect within our actual physical environment. At some point, we are going to celebrate the days when we forgot our phone at home.

For now though, I predict that the Samsung Omnia II will just be another recycled piece of plastic and will be outdated before all the phones have shipped out from the manufacturing warehouse. Oh, Apple, how you have seduced us all. It seems like everyone I know is sporting the iPhone, just rubbing it in my face! If you don’t have an iPhone, you probably have a Blackberry. But if you’re me, you have this: Read the rest of this entry »

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Rocky Mills

Typing With My Thumbs . . .

July 27th, 2009 |

I am writing on a local train from New Brunswick, New Jersey headed for Newark where I can take a light-rail subway and a bus to get home. I am using an Internet appliance. Uh, it is likely that this post will be remarkably brief. I hate typing with my thumbs, but I have already missed my deadline and, as I always say “The rules are your friends and anyone who offends your friends should be beaten senseless.”

I have been on the road with my freelance writing business for the past three days and, to be honest, I am getting a little too long in the tooth for this lifestyle. I qualify as a senior and get a good price on train tickets, but this running around the state makes me tired and I occasionally have one of those moments where I run into someone who says “Hello, Marc”, but I cannot recognize them. My strategy is to return their greeting warmly and hope that they will give me a hint of who the hell they are. Read the rest of this entry »

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