What’s Your App? #MFRWAuthors #18

I have to confess, I’m still app-challenged.

I held onto my ‘dumb’ aka flip-phone until 3 years ago, upgrading to only a slightly ‘smarter’ phone, a Samsung Galaxy.  Upgraded again last year to another ‘smarter’ phone, but since I’m only willing to pay $50 a month, I have a limited amount of storage on the thing.

I used to have the following apps on it:

-Facebook

-Twitter

-Instagram

-Square

Plus whatever apps came with it, Google, Gmail, Maps, Camera, and Gallery.  But here it is, barely six months later and even though I’ve deleted Twitter, Instagram, and a lot of my precious photos, it’s not enough.  I have photos I can’t see, and two videos I can’t share, because of storage issues.  I also can’t uninstall my work app, since I use it several times when I’m at work, in order to help customers.

Guess I’m going to have to bite the bullet and buy more storage on my ‘smarter’ phone, because I refuse to pay more than $200 for a new one?

*Disclaimer*:  I know I need to hook up my phone to my laptop and simply transfer them….as soon as I have time, and one of my kids is home to make sure I’m using the correct connection cable.  Update:  Daughter took a look at it; I need a larger GB SD card; mine was only 4G!  Successfully pulled the videos from it; phone seems to be running better.  Will get the new SD card hopefully this weekend!

Now my KINDLE apps are more manageable.  I have Facebook, CBS, NetFlix, and both my Solitaire apps, and I LOVE them.

But are they time wasters?

I don’t think so…..unless I spend more than an hour at a time on one of them (*cough* Facebook *cough*).  I weaned myself off my Solitaire app by sheer force; I now only go near it once a day, when I play the Daily Challenge on both apps.  I’m not binge-watching anything on NetFlix at the moment, but I do watch my CBS shows the day after they appear on TV (we no longer get local network channels, and I have 6 shows I watch weekly).  I couldn’t get the NBC, ABC, or FOX apps to work, so twice a week I tune in for L&O:  SVU and This Is Us.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you feel your apps are taking you away from your writing time, then yes, they’re giant time wasters.  But if you feel you have your app time under control, while still maintaining your word count goals, then you’re probably using them correctly.

Feel Free To Chime In!

Friday is our 28th wedding anniversary, and depending on the weather, we’ll be celebrating at lunch, since our 1st Friday Art Walk is in the evening, and I’m hoping to set up my booth on the sidewalk.  Last year, I sold several books at this event, and with two coming out soon, I’m hoping to stir up some interest!

11 responses to “What’s Your App? #MFRWAuthors #18

  1. I am cutting way back on Facebook but I still am a Pinterest Junkie. I also cut back on the time I spent on my few games, deleted all but three but still like my fishing one. It is nice to be able to do everything you need on one or two portable devices. I’m looking for a new tablet to replace my kindle since there is a kindle app and now I downloaded the free Kobo app as well. ( reading is where my relaxation time is instead of TV

    • I have a Pinterest account, but I’ve never used it. LOL….I watch entirely too much TV, and had to cut out a few shows this year, due to losing our local channels.

  2. My tech is confined to my phone and a laptop; we watch TV on a TV. (Okay, we do use Apple TV to access Hulu, Netflix, etc.) My Kindle is an old model, nearly nine years old, but still working fine. I’m stubborn like that–won’t buy a new one until the old one breaks. The options for accessing entertainment and communication are multiplying so fast. My sis-in-law has one of those “smart” watches–which garbles her every text and phone call. I wonder what we’ll be using ten years from now–a sub-dermal implant?

    • LOL! Probably…..and I’m the same way; won’t upgrade until the old one wheezes its last breath! Or won’t hold a charge….or there’s not enough space for an update!

  3. When I do take a cell phone somewhere, it’s my old flip-phone that can’t hold a charge for more than a day. I tried a Samsung Galaxy 3 several years ago. What a disaster. It absolutely sucked. It wouldn’t do the two things I wanted it to do: place calls and receive calls. However, I’m told that the USA will moving to 4G and 5G (like it did when analog broadcast TV went all digital), so all 3G and earlier phones will have to be replaced. Soon.

    • I upgraded to a Galaxy J7 SkyPro and love it! With the exception of finding out I only had a 4 GB memory card, and having to buy a larger card, I’ve had no issues with it.

    • I don’t like to read on my phone; text is too small. I prefer to use the Kindle. I know a lot of people read on their phones, and even WRITE on it. Not for me; I prefer my laptop!

  4. My social media apps are on my phone and laptop, my main sources for apps. I’m not too bad about wasting time, but I can lose track of time on Twitter and Facebook. It’s usually when I need a break from writing. The breaks aren’t too long though.

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