As someone born in the early 90's, technology is something that I can learn fairly easily. However, the same is not true for our parents or the older generation.
Fortunately, my mother is quite tech-savvy due to her job in administration. She is used to entering numbers, and what surprised me was her ability to use the mouse with both hands. Your mouse can be on your left hand and she could still handle it so well.
It's a shame that the technical expertise does not extend to phones.
When Samsung added the smart call feature, she was startled by how the phone knew who was calling it, even though it was an unknown number.
But she's still pretty interested in what new innovations have to offer. So since I have a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra on hand since we are all now under MCO (Movement Control Order), I wanted to give her the phone so that she can take a few pictures.
Testing the camera
Since we have pets, it is obvious that she would photograph them first. She had seen the announced zoom function and was also experimenting with it a bit.
She found the option to simply tap to zoom much more reliable than choosing the zoom itself. She liked how the pictures turned out, even with the room zoom (100x zoom), because you can see something you do record, tape.
As most people say, a missed shot is a miss. In the images below, she tried to capture the logo of the building opposite us, which is barely visible to the naked eye.
With the 100x zoom we can actually recognize the name.
Since we live in a small apartment, the application scenario is limited to 100x, so most of the time she stayed at the 10x and 30x zoom instead.
Dustiness around the house
With a better zoom camera, she now decides to zoom in on places that we rarely clean and nag so that I can clean them.
Fortunately, with the WFH (Work From Home) order, I can only tell her that I will be cleaning her on the weekend instead.
However, we live in an apartment, so cleaning rarely takes a lot of time. Usually two hours of cleaning in a row can do it all.
Speaking of living in apartments, our ceiling also had some holes from leaky roof tiles. Although we have reported to management, to our knowledge, they still have to resolve the issue.
So my mother took a few pictures of them and reported the damage to management again.
What can we do with MCO?
There's really not much we can do with the MCO. My family tried to bake bread with the resources we had, and they were actually quite successful.
Red bean rolls and some sausage rolls. Taken with 5x zoom
Since we spend most of our time indoors, we sometimes step out onto the balcony to get some fresh air.
Apart from the observation, we also looked for birds. Birds are a bit difficult to photograph because they move quickly and you want to use a tripod if you want to get the right shot because trembling hands can ruin the shot.
Take a break on our neighbour's balcony. 50x zoom shot
We first noticed the Eurasian Tree Sparrow, the type of brown bird that we see every day. However, according to Cornell University, birds form bonds in the first year and remain monogamous for the rest of their lives if both survive.
A very loud crow. Recording in 100x zoom.
Around our apartment we also get a good number of crows that caw around, make noise and pollute our cars with their poop.
Crows are actually pretty intelligent animals. If you've seen videos that solve puzzles, you know exactly how smart they are.
Fun fact: Crows sometimes "anting". Anting occurs when a crow rubs ants over feathers and skin to get rid of parasites. Ants can sometimes get drunk on birds by releasing acid from their bodies.
Pigeons are waiting for my neighbors to feed them. 30x zoom.
We also noticed a few rock pigeons in our area because our neighbors give them seeds from time to time.
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It's safe to say that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra isn't for everyone, especially if you're not used to stretching your hands to reach the bottom of the screen. It comes with a price that fits the size – but with the specs to secure it, especially in the camera department.
When I spoke of the huge 6.9-inch display, my mother said it was nice to watch videos, but too big to be used regularly and comfortably. The Galaxy S20 is probably a better option for them.
At least in these restricted times, we still have the technology to kill time. This experiment was actually a pleasant bond experience with my mother and I had to look into her head and see what she was interested in while we were all in a confined space.
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