My Changing Work Habits. At my Desk and still Mobile

Morning Folks!!

I love cutting edge devices. Cutting edge devices that are easy to use. I started thinking about the tools that have come over the past 5 years or so and without doubt one stands as the coolest, most important and most powerful device ever. So powerful that it has changed the way I work.

I have written about this device on many occasions. It did not just change me, it changed the world.

It has changed my life so much that as I sit here at my desk pecking away at the keyboard, I am surrounded by 2 iPads and a mini iPad. But even those GREAT devices are not what I speak of. I seldom use either one. I love them. Can't imagine being without them, but only use on very specific occasions.

What device do I use? Well when I am sitting right at my desk I use that as much as my Macbook. Yep, the ole iPhone is what I am talking about and it has changed the way I work. Some apps offer me a quicker way to access info I need during the day. It's truly the one device I can't live without. I have a Galaxy S4 and it is ok. But still not on the same level as the iPhone. Sorry. It's a great device. Superior to the Blackberry that appears to be terminal at this stage. But no match for iPhone. The s4 is sluggish in comparison and a bit archaic.

The Blackberry got handed a death sentence the day the iphone arrived. It was obvious. I could do more tasks with an iPhone at a red light than I could with a blackberry in an hour and I would not get it all done with the blackberry. I am sure you love your blackberry. It was great at one time. It was THE device at one time. But that time is over. There latest entry kinda seals the deal.

I still need my laptop. But I spend more and more time iphone based and that is when I am sitting right at my desk. And when I walk away from my desk, the iphone is everything in my hand. Truly the most revolutionary device for day to day life and looking forward to any new improvements or power they may be packing into the next generation.

It's a long way from my 12LB Radio shack cell phone with a 45 minute battery or even Motorola "Brick" with abut 2.5 hours. Then the Startac and I even forgot what came out next. But I have it still. I have almost every single one of them because I collect them. Remember Primeco before it morphed into Verizon? I estimate I have some 75-100 phones. Each made me more productive that the previous one. I remember when the Motorola Startac came out and they said I could get my email on the phone. I did not even believe it. They showed me, changed my life.

Point is I have had cell phones since the early 80's when they became available and have enjoyed the evolution. How much better can it get?

Rick Schwartz


10 thoughts on “My Changing Work Habits. At my Desk and still Mobile

  1. cybertonic

    I love the iphone, and I am impatient to see the new version.
    The ipad, I only like the mini I offered to my parents.
    I purchased a Macbook pro retina last year to can compile iphone apps but I don’t like it.
    This summer I bought a Lenovo Ideapad, to discover Window 8 is simply an horrible OS!
    So I will try to keep my large VAIO with windows 7 as longer is possible.

  2. Homero A. Gonzalez

    Rick, I had a few of the ones you mentioned and also, The Palm Treos in my opinion one of the best ones (at the time) The Treo 300, The Treo 650 and so on. Excellent
    phones, rugged, stable and useful. They had a ton of apps, and were relatively easy to use. Its a shame that they did not evolve as fast as they should have and withered and went they way of the Dodo Bird…

  3. Tony

    I got rid of my iPhone and iPad because I could do what both did with a Note 2. I can use my Note 2 as a USB flash drive. I can upgrade the storage or swap out the storage at any time. I don’t need to buy expensive proprietary accessories or use itunes to access it on any computer. Looking forward to the Note 3 next month.

    Good to see you are openminded enough to try out the S4, Domain King.

  4. BullS

    Iphone is way overrated. Agree, Note 2/3/4 is the best.
    All I need is one laptop and a smartphone.

    Remember to backup all up files just in case she drops in the toilet.

  5. robin

    The Motorola tough talker, complete with carrying case and a battery that could boost a car and it cost big bucks. That was my first.

  6. Louise

    The bottom line: with tv, feature or smartphone, tablet and laptop, what we are all doing, is multi screen. I have a Nokia 6030 from 2007 for emergencies, which allows me to text. Mine is the phone people borrow at the end of the day, when their battery is finished, because one charge lasts at least a week or longer.

    It’s fair to say, you can no longer operate on one screen at a time. Watching tv, you probably have your iPhone near, besides enjoy surfing during the break. It’s all about the multi screen!

  7. Danny Pryor

    “Then the Startac and I even forgot what came out next.”

    Humorous. The StarTac Plus came next. LOL! It was among the first digital devices, as I recall, complete with a “swirl sound effect” in the ear.

    I worked with a guy who also sold for Cellular One at the time (later Omnipoint, then AT&T, then Cingulair, then AT&T again, if I’m not mistaken) It was about 1992 or ’93, I think. Most people were still using pagers at the time, as a bad credit report could cost you a $1000 or $1500 deposit to cover air time at 75¢ to $1.50 per minute.

    Remember that? Remember the air time charges? Remember PageNet? LOL!

  8. Homero A. Gonzalez

    If the Ubuntu Edge is ever built, it will be worth considering it. That’s for sure.


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