Verizon Wireless: Getting Started with Android Workshop!

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I’ve had the Droid RAZR and Droid XYBOARD for a while now, and have been doing my best to figure out their functionality on my own. I think I’ve done a pretty good job of utilizing their potential, especially coming from iOS devices.

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But when Verizon Wireless challenged me to attend one of their in-store workshops on getting the most out of your Android device, I gladly accepted. I signed up for the Getting Started with Android Workshop at a local store, and prepared myself for a two-hour lecture on things I thought I already knew.

Boy was I ever wrong.

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Our instructor, Brianna, was very knowledgable. She took time to answer questions as we went along. We started by discussing the Google Android Operating System and how it is Open Source, unlike Apple’s iOS. Brianna shared the benefits of that, along with the drawbacks (like how ANYONE can develop an App, so you have to be careful what you download).

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She then walked us through the different gestures associated with using a touch-screen Smart phone. There were several attendees in the class who said this was their first Smart phone.

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We learned how to utilize Android’s AWESOME voice dial and text-to-speech functionality. That in itself deserves its own post.

We also learned how to set up speed dial, walked through the Phone icon on our devices, discussed text messaging and even explored the Google Play Store to download some free apps. Brianna recommended the Zedge app to download and personalize free ringtones.

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While the class was very basic and I already knew how to do a lot of the things we discussed, there were several new things I learned!

Did you know you can set up a contact in the Droid RAZR that will go directly to Voicemail any time they call? It will never even ring! Never take those annoying calls again!

You can also send a picture slideshow in a text message. How cool is that?

I would highly recommend the classes for all skill levels… the class covered a range of topics that would be helpful and interested to anyone with a Smart phone!

And I had such a great time and learned so much that I signed up to attend another Verizon Wireless Workshop next weekend on using the iPad for Business! I’m really excited for that one.

Do you have a Verizon Wireless device you’d like to learn how to use? Attend a workshop! They offer classes in retail stores and online! Visit the Verizon Wireless Workshops website for more info and to sign up for a class!

**Disclaimer** I am a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. I received a wireless device and phone/data plan free of charge to use for review and evaluation of Verizon Wireless products and services. As part of the program, I was asked to share my opinions with others, however, my opinions are my own. Please contact vzw@comblu.com with any questions about the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program.

Droid Xyboard 8.2 from Verizon Wireless: Perfect for a Lazy Weekend!

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On Friday, this super-fun box arrived on my doorstep: A Droid XYBOARD 8.2 from Verizon Wireless!

I’ve already been testing the Verizon Wireless network and Android operating system on the Droid RAZR. But I was really excited to get to try the 4G LTE on a tablet.

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I own a first-generation iPad, and was anxious to compare it to the XYBOARD. Surprisingly, the XYBOARD didn’t disappoint! I thought I wouldn’t like the size (it’s smaller than the iPad), but it is a refreshing change from the heft of the Apple device.

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On Saturday, I took the XYBOARD into the kitchen to use it as a recipe viewer. It was easy to handle one-handed while pouring melted chocolate.

Yesterday, I spent the day lounging with Andrew. As he slept on me, it was AWESOME to be able to browse the Internet, check Twitter and Facebook and search Pinterest all on the XYBOARD. And the 4G LTE is FAST. Oh my goodness. It is AWESOME!

I’ll be sharing some more of my experiences with the XYBOARD, but I wanted to share an awesome opportunity with you today! You can win 2 Droid XYBOARD 8.2 by Motorola Tablets per day from now until March 11! Awesome, right?

**Disclaimer** I am a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. I received a wireless device and phone/data plan free of charge to use for review and evaluation of Verizon Wireless products and services. As part of the program, I was asked to share my opinions with others, however, my opinions are my own. Please contact vzw@comblu.com with any questions about the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program.

Droid RAZR from Verizon Wireless: It’s so THIN!

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I am an Apple girl. All the way. My world revolves around the Mac — my iPhone 4 is connected to my iPad, which feeds off my Macbook Pro. It’s seamless. And it works.

I’ve used AT&T for the past four years and have had an iPhone for the past three. Dropped calls are a part of my life, but I knew no other way.

That is, until I was asked to be a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. I was really excited to try out their network (I’d always heard great things) and couldn’t wait to see what device they’d send me to test.

So when a fun package arrived containing a Droid RAZR, I tore into that thing like it was Christmas morning.

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The first thing I noticed was how HUGE the screen is. It’s beautiful and large. Definitely bigger than my iPhone 4.

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But it’s THIN. It’s thinner than my iPhone 4.

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It’s so thin, in fact, that it slips easily into the wristlet that I use as a purse. When I put my iPhone 4 in the wristlet, it fills it completely.

Part of that is because of the case I use to protect my iPhone… no case required with the RAZR, though! The Gorilla Glass protects it… how awesome is that?

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But when I put the RAZR in the wristlet, it’s like nothing is there. This is WITHOUT the RAZR in the front pocket.

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This is WITH the RAZR in the front pocket.

I could wax on and on about how much I love the thinness of the RAZR. But you get the idea.

Oh, and right now, if you buy a Droid RAZR from Verizon Wireless for $199, you get one FREE. Sweet, right?

Is there anything you’re dying to know about the RAZR? Let me know in the comments and I’ll test it out!

Happy Friday!

 

 

**Disclaimer** I am a Verizon Wireless Ambassador. I received a wireless device and phone/data plan free of charge to use for review and evaluation of Verizon Wireless products and services. As part of the program, I was asked to share my opinions with others, however, my opinions are my own. Please contact vzw@comblu.com with any questions about the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program.

 



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