The Winner Of Our Samsung Galaxy Note II Giveaway Is…

Samsung Galaxy Note II, Image: Samsung

Congratulations to Jennifer J. who was the winner of our Samsung Galaxy Note II giveaway! She’ll be enjoying her new phone this Spring, but fear not if you didn’t win. We run lots of crazy cool contests on GeekMom so maybe you’ll win the next giveaway. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Allons-Y!

A few weeks back, I got a smart phone. I was pretty happy with my regular cell phone which got texts, pictures, and calls. I never had a need for one, until I had gotten a voicemail from my now new employer who said, “I left you a voice mail and also sent you an email thinking you’d get it faster on your phone.”

Do you know the feeling when your stomach drops out of your abdomen and onto your shoes? Yeah, that one. I had it.

I sheepishly replied, “I don’t have one of those phones…”

I had always wanted a phone like that, but didn’t think it was for me. I mean, I wasn’t a big technology kind of girl. I like somethings to be updated and new (like my makeup, holla!) but phones? As long as people can get to me and I can call 911 in an emergency, I was good. I pondered for a while if I wanted one or if I needed one. I couldn’t truly decide between the two, so I said, “What the heck?” I bit the bullet.

I love this phone. I got a certified pre-owned Samsung Fascinate i5oo Galaxy class. It is a sweet machine. It’s one of those situations where you say you don’t ever need a phone with all the geegaws and doodads, and then when you get one you’re saying, “Oh my god, how did I ever LIVE without this phone?” I’m a believer. One of the amazing things on it is the camera. I started clicking pictures right away. One of the first ones was this, my Nate after Hurricane Irene:

My friend Trish comments on Facebook with this:

T: He’s got Tenth Doctor Hair!
August 30 at 8:21pm ·

Asperger Ninja: Ahaha! All he needs is a bowtie!
August 30 at 8:48pm ·

Trish is a graphic artist. She sends me this a few minutes later..

I’m new to the Dr. Who phenomenon. I remember my father watching Dr. Who back in the late 70’s. I know, you’re probably all saying, “WHAT?! Mr. D watched Dr. Who?!?” Well…he probably didn’t LIKE it (as he wasn’t much fond of anything), but it was right before Wild Kingdom, so he’d watch it anyway..
I didn’t like it when I was a kid because the beginning and ending music truly freaked out my 7 year old brain.

FREAKY, MAN!!

Now, with my best friend a devout Whovian, I have been sucked into the phenomena which is the TARDIS. The storylines are great, the characters are quirky, but very smart and engaging. The costumes/monsters/sets are not all CGI, which is so rare. It’s like the old days of Jim Henson and Industrial Light and Magic where you have to use your hands to build something lifelike. I appreciate all the effort and crafting that goes into this series. I know I’m late to the game, but I am a convert. I’m a little behind on my watching, so pardon me as I stuff my face full of Jelly Babies, Fish Sticks and Custard and get all Wibbly Wobbly as I transverse the Universe.

6 Reasons to Get Your Kid a Smartphone

A few years ago I would have written a post arguing that no child needs a cell phone, let alone the mini-computing marvel of the contemporary smartphone. But now? I’m a believer.

I got my son a smartphone last year as I was changing service providers and getting myself a new phone. They made me a fantastic offer on the whole package and I didn’t refuse. A few weeks before our upgrade date, my son’s Blackberry went down a storm drain. “Well,” I said, “You have an old flip phone. You can wait a couple of weeks.” By the time the upgrade date rolled around, something funny had happened. I was almost as anxious for my son to replace his smartphone as he was! The convenience of the always-connected family is hard to ignore. So why should you consider getting smartphones for your kids?

1. Location, location, location. Signing up for a location service like Google Latitude or Foursquare allows you and your child to both know one another’s location at all times. Rather than having to call your child, risk being screened, then have to ask, “Where are you? Did you remember to go to Lego Robotics club after school?” every single day, you can just check the map. Likewise, when you’re running late after work, your child can easily see where you are and track your progress toward home. All of the major service providers offer family locator services for standard phones, but these cost an additional fee each month. Smartphones allow you to have the same service, with better features, for free. Continue reading 6 Reasons to Get Your Kid a Smartphone