Skip to comments.Frustrated curmudgeon seeks help (vanity)
Posted on 04/10/2014 7:31:50 AM PDT by Baynative
I just received a Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone and can't figure it out. I was satisfied with my old Motorola flip phone; it rang when I wanted, reminded me of meetings and even sent text messages.
This new thing has a pretty screen and more stuff than a space shuttle, but finding it and making it work is next to impossible with no grandkids here to help.
If anyone knows how to find out simple task management for this contraption, please let me know as my time for returning it and getting back to a simple life is running out.
(this reminds me of that gawdawful VCR we used to have that blinked at us for years when all we wanted was to be able to watch an occasional movie)
Hope this helps
There are a TON of bells and whistles but you don’t need to worry about most of them.
Get off my lawn!
Download the Motorola Flip Phone Emulator app.
Go to the local elementary school and ask one of the kids for a lesson.
I don’t know how long you’ve been struggling with it, but all new phones take time to adjust to, especially if they are different operating systems. There is some great advice a few comments upstream...you don’t need all the gadgets. Read the manual when you have time, focus on placing and answering calls first, and you WILL pick up other stuff (sometimes by accident) later on.
Never give up. Some of the things a smartphone offers are indeed useful. Some of it is just crap.
On top of all that you have to have a magnifying glass to see anything on the screen!
(Sorry I can’t help you - I have a “smart” phone my employer supplies so that I can be on call. Phone calls, a very occasional text message and emergency pictures are all I use or want to know. It keeps prompting me to “backup” — I wish I could shut that message off, I don’t want to go backwards!)
If it’s any consolation, it always takes me weeks to figure out a new phone. And there are some applications I never use, so I never learn how to use them.
Work one application at a time until you master its features, then move to the next. Prioritize your efforts. Work the phone features first, then texting if you do that, etc... Focus on the essentials, then move to the nice to have. Ignore the other features you consider to be useless crap.
There are a TON of bells and whistles but you dont need to worry about most of them.
Dittoes on that. In fact, once you find a way to REMOVE AND DELETE all that crap (not really hard to do), you’ll find the phone a lost easier (and fun) to use.
If your carrier is Verizon, they likely have training at the local store every Saturday morning.
Check Youtube. They usually have dozens of ‘help’ videos. Some are better than others.
Same. I traded my samsung flip phone for a Motorola Droid because Verizon basically compelled me too.
I just tortured their CSR rep setting mine up. 45 minutes on the phone. Then another 45, and another. Each call my bill got cheaper and cheaper.
Later I regretted upgrading to a data plan, even though cheaper than old plan. Perhaps carrying a smart phone is the mark of the beast.
I’ve had my Samsung Intensity III since last June and just today I figured out how to use the “fake call” feature. It’s really pretty neat.
That’s what I need. And I haven’t reached 50 yet.
(It’s serious - kids AND their parents today are NOT respecting property. Goes hand-in-hand with this commie/fascist mindset. “It belongs to The People.”)
When I want to learn a bit more about photoshop or my phone I usually search through youtube.com for videos.
I find there is all types of information, reviews and tutorials available.
I did a search on youtube using just the search term ‘ Samsung Galaxy S5 ‘ and below is a link to what I found. Hope it is of help.
I loved my old Teletac. Since everything went digital, I had to give it up after 10 years. But even 6 years ago it was hard getting a simple phone. Especially since my job REQUIRED NO CAMERA in the phone. The jackasses at the phone stores are incredulous that you wouldn’t want all that garbage. Anyway, I managed to get a small simple phone with no camera and still have it. I do not want it to go bad - it has fallen hard many times and been left in a snowy parking lot but is still alive. I fear what stupid item I will be forced to buy next time.
Everything you need is pretty much accessed via the ‘Settings’ icon that’s probably on the ‘Home Screen’. If you’re not on the home screen, you might have to swipe the screen to navigate to it.
Naturally, all of your Apps can be accessed via the ‘Apps’ Icon.(usually located on the bottom next to the Browser, ect) You can find the Settings Icon/App in the Apps area too.
When you find an App that you will use often, you may want to drag it onto your Home Screen, or any other screen. Within the Apps area, there’s a fairly robust ‘Help’ App that can show you basically anything you are wanting to know. Just search the Help section for what you’re wanting to learn about.
If you are wanting to look for Apps to install, you can look for them via the Google Play Store App. As with a home OEM PC the Apps installed from the factory generally suck. There are LOTS of pretty good Apps that can be had for free from the Play Store. Most free Apps will have an ad banner or something of the like. If you like the App and are sufficiently annoyed by the ads, there’s usually an option to pay for the ad free version, and they normally only cost a dollar or two. It’s pretty rare to find an App that costs more than $5-$10, but some do.
You’ll also need a gmail account. You’ll want to review the account settings, and make sure you have a desired amount of “Privacy”. The more intrusive settings/features are disabled by default, but you’ll want to make sure.(also apply this logic to the privacy settings on your phone/Apps as well)
You can find lots of help online. Just Google around for it. Those are VERY popular phones, and you shouldn’t have any trouble at all in finding information on the intrawebs.
“On top of all that you have to have a magnifying glass to see anything on the screen!”
Or a screen magnifier app :)
My husband said his is good for everything except being a phone. Of course, he is an old curmudgeon, too.
Although tt's marketed to the over 80 crowd, it has no camera.
No, you don't. They told me the same thing when I bought my S3. But what they mean is you need a google account. And you can certainly have that without gmail, which is just Google's email service.
Go by one of your mobile carrier’s stores and ask them to show you the basics. If that doesn’t work, and you are close to Issaquah, my younger son has the same phone and would be happy to show you how to use it.
I was wondering about that while I was responding. Just assumed it was a whole package deal. If someone is going through the time to setup a Google account, they might as well setup a gmail account too while they're at it, but didn't intend to misinform.
LOLOLOL! You are not alone. My husband refused to accept a “smart” phone and sticks with the last available model of flip phone. I bought a “smart” phone, and I hate it. I receive calls on my husband’s flip phone because my smart phone loses battery life too fast if I leave it on. Sorry.
Same here. Our old cell phone started acting hinkey after 10 years and we went back to Sprint to get another one. There were only two keypad phones available - the rest being smartphones, which I don't need. Our old keypad-types had a provision for a flash card - the new one doesn't. I have to email it to myself for an extra charge.
I don't need/want all that other crap - I use the phone mainly to ask the wife "Where you at?" at the supermarkets or stores, and rack up maybe one hour a month. Like you, when this one dies, I'll have to get a hand-held entertainment center that can make a phone call.
That ! lol
What other frustrated curmudgeon do with their cell phones.....
takes a lickin', still tickin' !
Nearly 2 years ago I made the jump from dumb phone to smart phone. I played with a lot of models down at Best Buy before settling for the Apple iPhone. It seemed a little bit simpler than the Android phones, but in retrospect, any of them requires a steep learning curve. It may take a few weeks to get comfortable with the basics, even with help. Practice repetition doing one task, then move on to learn another. Samsung wasn’t a bad choice, you just have to ease into it. Once I adapted, I couldn’t live without it - the world of information is at my fingertips. The smartphone is one of the greatest gizmos to come out in several generations.
Thank you for the info. Even if we can have cameras, I don’t want anything too complex. I want a damn telephone, not tiny computer to ruin my poor eyes. We have an iPad, that is enough technology.
That's one of the weird and frustrating parts. We got two phones and when my wife goes to 'settings' she gets a long list of choices, I get 7.
That's why I am looking for a step by step tutorial that talks about function and not just making movies or playing music for three friends at once.
...this getting old is getting old!
What are you looking to do exactly? lol
The second thing I wanted to do was update my calendar and put the notification notices a couple days ahead as I always do. That has been a failure on several levels; getting an alarm sound I can hear, verifying the notification and making it work. I have a reminder function that let's me choose how far in advance and a notification tab that does absolutely nothing. There's no tab for save and no tab for edit, that I can find and the only things that come up in the help tab are about making movies and playing music for friends.
Obviously, I'm frustrated and trying to figure this stuff out before my return date. This is much like the WIndows8 software in my wife's new laptop that doesn't even come close to doing what I have learned to do in Vista Win7.
I still have a flip-phone. Everyone kids me about it...
Heck, I don't even want a cell-phone. But my kids demand it.
I will change when I'm forced to...I guess.
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