Droid for Tech-Challenged Dad?

Discussion in 'Motorola Droid' started by Audioslavery, Nov 22, 2009.

  1. LordKastle

    LordKastle Member

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    If you use the phone as simply a device to talk, maybe text and get accustomed to checking things on the browser for the internet, the device is extremely easy.
     
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    The droid is user definable, it can be as simple, or as complex as you want to make it.
     
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    I think there is a phone called the jitterbug for the technically challenged :)
     
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    I've been following this thread with interest. I'm "sort of" tech challenged, but I can hold my own at times. I'm probably on the upper end of the age of people on this forum and was very upset there was no user manual with the droid and essentially after shelling out 300 bucks I was told, "you are on your own."

    I went into a Verizon store and the guy there was patient and showed me some things and a few other things I was able to get from this forum.

    I know that this phone can do so much more than I have done, and for me, I've done a lot (for someone on my level of tech-i-ness)

    My confusion comes in on setting up the themes and desktop, folders, widgets and such. I need step by step instructions to follow. Once I have that, I'm fine. Any suggestions?

    I personally don't feel too out of date to have a phone like this, but details for new owners of smart phones would have been nice. :)

    Any suggestions to assist would be much appreciated.
     
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    User Manual

    Hello!
    Hello, there is a full manual (PDF file) on both Verizon's and Motorola's web sites. I will share the link below and it will help for it has 58 pages of great information!

    Mikehttp://www.motorola.com/staticfiles...tatic-Files/DROID_UG_Verizon_68000202474a.pdf
     
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    ya. the droid isnt for people who have no idea about computers. an iphone is much simpler to use. however, my dad has a droid and he doesnt know much about computers. he just knows how to use his phone for the like 4 things i've taught him to do. i think the droid seems obvious to use, but a lot of people probably find it difficult to use
     
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    Not hard to use

    I think the Droid, once set up is extremely easy to use. The iPhone has it own shared of issues. For example, the Iphone is proprietary, which means no memory expansion, no flash support (coming in a 2 months for the Droid), lots of great applications and more.

    The PDF manual from Verizon's and or Motorola's web site is well done and explains allot of things and how to maximize the use of your Droid. :motdroidhoriz:
     
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    Haha, off topic funny, we got one of those for my grandmother, and she was complaining about the volume in the ear piece. Turns out she was holding it upside down...
     
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    This is a very interesting thread. I've had my droid about a 6 weeks. It was my first smartphone purchase. I am a quite technically able 40-something Mom! I had NO IDEA what I was getting into when I got this phone. I keep saying it's way more than a phone...it's a miniature computer. I spend nearly every evening tinkering with the thing. I love it, love learning about it, and how I can better optimize it for ME. Comes naturally as I maintain both home computers we use, as well as all the other digital gadgets.

    That said, I'm trying to convince my not-so-technically savvy husband to get a smartphone (here's the relation to the OP's inquiry). While I do think my husband could eventually master the droid, especially since I now know a lot about it, he would have to spend a significant amount of time becoming familiar with it. If not I think he would be disappointed. However, I bet he would really want a physical keyboard and not just a touch one. So, where we are now with this is waiting...he's not in a hurry, and I'd like to see if other android phones come out with keyboards on Verizon network.
     
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    I realize this thread and this post specifically is ~4 months old, but in response to this:

    I must say, brenj888, if you can think you Google your problems, you're already doing better than my parents! I'm a sophomore in college right now, and I can't bear to think of the tech difficulties my parents will have to endure once I graduate and move away. My dad was the one who introduced me to Google years and years ago, but I don't think the man has used it since! And don't get me started on my dear, sweet mother... lol.

    The Droid is definitely not for everybody, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Just like how the iPhone isn't for everyone, and that's not necessarily a bad thing either. The "walled garden" app store keeps things running a little bit smoother and safer to a certain degree, and the iPhone "just works" like many people want and need. Then there are those of us who are a little more adventurous, or just plain don't like a phone that is locked down. That's where the Droid comes into play. That's not to say that it can't operate as a simple smart phone as well, but when you want to hack it and mod and it and make it unlike anyone else's, you can go right ahead and do that, unlike the iPhone. But, again, for some people, the simplicity of the iPhone is exactly what they want and need.

    Different phones for different people. It's all about finding what you yourself want and need. :)