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Originally Posted by Kash View Post
My mom has an HTC Hero and picked up how to use it right away. She knew how to check her email and browse a few sites on the computer before she got the phone, so she wasn't completely computer illiterate. However, once she got this phone, she's been emailing more, texting all the time, using Twitter and browsing the web (she's always on Facebook). So because of the phone's simplicity, she's become more technologically savvy.
Sweet. See, that's what my Wife and I are hoping will happen with my Mother-In-Law. Her Mom has no interest in computers (at age 80... I mean 29). We'd love to get her turned on to iChat Video, iPhoto, email, etc so we can share things with her more easily. It's a 16 hour drive over there, so her having a passing comfort with some sort of "wired" technology would be great. Here's crossing our fingers for an iPad v2.0 with an iChat Video capable camera. Sort of a "Jitterbug" computer so to say.

As for my Mom, it's the opposite... she's a Professor of Nursing who did her Doctoral work in Clinical Nursing Information Management. She has a ton of tech in her professional life, and has absolutely no desire to introduce any more tech into her personal life. Drives me nuts, because she knows full well what technologies exist and their practical applications. She just doesn't want to mess around with programming a phone, or syncing calendars between work and home. She'd rather spend her time gardening, reading or doing various crafts. I don't blame her really. When I was a LEO I had no interest in watching Cops or CSI when I got off work. Still, finding a good balance (capability -vs- simplicity) would be great since she is also some miles away and getting her texting or at least returning personal emails once in a while would be great. When she mentioned she wanted "one of those smartphones" my jaw nearly hit the floor.

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