I had to watch a lot of tutorial videos to figure out how to use my new smartphone.
It utilizes a completely different kind of operating system than what I’m used to.
I went from using an iphone to using an android. Despite the learning curve, I am so happy to finally be done with IOS. The operating system restricts you in countless ways and is a serious headache if you own a Windows PC instead of an Apple computer. I’m also done with using hardware dongles because a bunch of “genius” engineers thought it would be a “bold” statement to get rid of the headphone jack. Not to mention, the cameras on some of these new android phones rival those of their competitors. They’re great phones all around, even if you don’t get access to every single app in the IOS store. The most recent app I downloaded allows me to control my heating and cooling system at home with my smartphone, anywhere I have a data connection. Not only can I turn the system on and off and control the temperature setting, the application also gives me usage data, outdoor temperatures, length of cooling cycles, tips on increasing energy efficiency based on my own usage, and much more. It’s nice to monitor my air conditioner use while I’m away on vacation. It’s hard to set it and forget it with an air conditioner in a hot climate. If you turn it too high, the a/c won’t turn on enough to prevent the moisture level from climbing to levels where mold growth starts. But if you turn the air conditioner too low, you end up using a lot more electricity in the process, which costs more money.