Indestructible Phone

Indestructible Phone

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I always get asked which phone I recommend for business and general use. With all the mobile devices that answer changes all the time. This month however Motorola just released the Droid Turbo 2. This phone has two great features no other phone can touch (right now) which make it perfect for business use (especially if you travel).

Droid Turbo 2
Verizon’s Motorola Droid Turbo 2

Uncrackable Screen

The Droid Turbo 2 has a special multi layer screen which is indeed uncrackable (many have tried). While it will scratch and ding it will not break. If somehow you manage to do it you can get it replaced for free.

Fast Charging for Lots of Extra Juice

How does 15 minutes of charging for 13 HOURS of battery life sound? Sounds good to me. You should be able to get more than 24 hours of use before having to charge (they claim up to 48 hours).

But…..Verizon Only

The only catch is that you need to be on Verizon to purchase it and it is very expensive if you do not have a plan.

 

To Sum it all up

While this phone may not be the lightest or best looking it sure is a workhorse which looks perfect for people looking for a phone that works no matter what time of day. I use the older version and look forward to the upgrade.модульные дома под ключ

Two Big Microsoft Announcements

Two Big Microsoft Announcements

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Office for the iPad (finally)

Microsoft just announced their Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) will now be available as a full fledged application for the iPad (an Android version has been confirmed to be in the works). This has been a long time coming and from all reviews it looks like a great product. So why is it important?

  • PowerPoint – Some of the Office compatible apps only allow you view or edit documents. With the official Office app you can also create documents, spreadsheets, AND PowerPoint presentations. Very handy if you are on a business trip with your tablet and need to get something done.
  • Cloud Integration – As with all Office applications you have integrated support with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud file storage (7GB Personal / 25GB Business).
  • Compatibility – Documents, spreadsheets, or presentations created on the iPad will look the same when editing / viewing them on a PC or Mac.
  • Save as PDF –  Business users will find it very helpful to be able to save documents as PDF files on the go. (UPDATE: Need to be confirmed)

There is one small catch to all of this. In order to do any of the editing/creating you will need to have a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 ($9.99 / Personal ; $12.50 – $20.00 / Business). It is not too bad a deal if you have multiple PCs as it allows you to install Office on up to 5 devices plus Cloud storage.

Office for Android & iPhone is now FREE

As of today you can download Office Mobile for Android and iPhone for free (technically just for home use). This allows the viewing, editing, and creation of Word/Excel files. If you are in business this is a must have app.

Conclusion

It looks like Microsoft finally got the message that the world does not live in Windows anymore. By providing solutions for multiple platforms Microsoft not only spreads its influence but also adds more subscribers to Office 365. Business users now have more choices when choosing hardware for their environments. Overall it seems like a win-win situation.

-Tim

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iPhone vs Android – Best for Business?

iPhone vs Android – Best for Business?

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As you may know by now Apple just released the latest version of its smartphone operating system, iOS7 and some new models. Since then we have had a few clients ask us “what phone should I get?” or “what is the best smartphone?”. The quick answer is that if you use a Mac, iPad, and generally live in the Apple world stick with the iPhone. If not, buy an Android phone, but only models with the latest software.

Android Can / iPhone Can’t

If I wrote this article last year I would probably lean towards an iPhone for use in business. However Google’s upgraded Android software and a new generation of great Android smartphones have been released tipping the scale. When buying an Android phone it is very important that you get one with version 4.1.2 or greater of the operating system (the latest version is 4.3 with 4.4 around the corner). Anything older and your experience will be much different (in a bad way). So what does Android have over iPhone that will help business productivity?

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  • Google Now– Google Now learns about you and your daily travels. It learns where you work and where you live. Then it tells you how long it will take you to get there (or any place you travel frequently) and when to leave.gn_cards It knows your car rental, tracks your packages,and updates you on your airline airline reservation status. Most of the time it requires no input on your part. It can extract this data from your email and your environment.
  • Widgets – Widgets allow you instant visibility to things such as your inbox and calendar (and much more). No need to click on an icon first to see who emailed you or to take a look at what appointments you have today. Think about how many times you check your email per day and subtract a few seconds for each time you do not have to click on an icon to see who emailed you.
  • Built in USB drive – Plug your Android phone into a computer’s USB port and it shows up as another drive (like a flash drive). A quick and simple way to transfer large files, music, or anything you may need. The standard micro-USB port means you can find a connection (and a recharge) most anyplace.
  • Expandable and Repairable – Need more storage, just plug in an SD Card. Battery died, just replace it. iPhone cannot do either.
  • Better Sharing – With iOS your sharing options are limited (Message, Email, Twitter, Facebook). With Android you can share with any app that has sharing enabled (Microsoft and Google cloud storage, Instagram, Kindle, etc.). On top of that some of the new Android phones support NFC which allows you to touch two phones together to transfer data instantly.
  • Voice Recognition – iPhones has Siri, which nobody uses. I have yet to meet an Android user that does not use the speech recognition on a daily basis. It is that good. Make appointments, get directions, ask questions, etc.
  • Separate Profiles (Android 4.3 Only) – If you use your phone (or tablet) for work and business you know that sometimes mixing the two can be a headache. What you may not know is that if you sync your phone to your business network you hand over some control to your company. If you lose your phone, the one with both work information and all the pictures of your family, your IT department can erase everything (sorry family). With the latest version of Android you can have separate work and business profiles (or profiles just for your kids).
  • Extensions / Sync – With Android your web browser bookmarks you use on your PC (must use the Chrome browser) are on your phone (and tablet). Use an extension such as ‘Chrome to Phone’ to send map directions from your PC to your phone and automatically launch the navigation app. Google Keep is a great quick note taking app that also syncs between all your devices. It is the little things that save you time and increase productivity.

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What Phone do I Purchase?

There are lots and lots of Android based phones. Most are so-so but a few stand out above the crowd. Which one is best for you depends on personal preferences (screen size vs camera quality vs cost, etc.). The top three as of today are:

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  • Samsung Galaxy S3 / S4
  • Motorola Droid Maxx
  • HTC One 

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Wrap up

Both the iPhone and Android phones work great. iPhone is not horrible and Android isn’t a solution to everything. The constant changing nature of technology may make this article obsolete in a year. However, right now Android leads the way. Outside of the US it is by far the #1 phone type and you can ignore Blackberry and Microsoft phones (both dead ends). I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have any questions about integrating a little bit of mobility into your business please contact Wireguided anytime.

-Tim

WiFi in Your Pocket

WiFi in Your Pocket

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One of the biggest annoyances when you travel is that the wireless signal in your hotel room is too weak (and probably insecure). Most rooms have a network jack but that is useless if you want to get online with your tablet or use the wifi on your phone to make calls to avoid roaming charges. It is also not very convenient if you want to get online anywhere else in your room besides the desk (e.g., your bed).

Solution: Nano Wireless Routers

Nano Wireless Routers are tiny devices that plug into a network jack  and provide wireless access to a small area (e.g., your hotel room). They are only a few ounces and are smaller then a credit card. They can be powered by a standard wall outlet or from a USB port on a computer. The best part is that they are not expensive at all ($25-$50).

If you would like more information on Nano Wireless Routers or how to keep your computers secure when traveling overseas please contact Wireguided.

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Mobile Phone Survey Results

Mobile Phone Survey Results

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On May 23rd we sent out a one question survey asking folks what type of mobile phone they use. The intention of the survey was to see what business men and woman were using for their mobile device. Thank you to everyone who responded. There were some interesting results which we will get to in a second. Ninety-two people responded to the survey which provided a pretty good sampling size.

The Surprises

What was the most surprising result of all? 13% of respondents do not have smartphones. In this age of constant communication it is significant to know that a portion of the workforce is possibly ‘out of the loop’ when out of the office, at least as far as electronic communications are concerned (email, document access, etc.). The other tidbit was that only two people reported having separate phones for business and personal use. For a business owner this means that control of your internal digital communications is not stored on devices you control. What happens to your confidential business communications (e.g. email) when a personal mobile device goes missing? For an employee, you may not realize that when connecting your phone to your company’s email system you may also be granting your employer permission to remotely lock and/or wipe clean your phone (bye bye personal photos). These are issues for a future article.

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The Winners

Not surprising, the top two phone types were the Apple iPhone (45) and Google Android base phones (27). This backs up up recent market share studies which show Apple controlling between 36-59% of the US mobile phone market (depending on which statistic you read). Android devices also control a large chunk of the mobile arena. Unlike the Apple iPhone various manufactures release Android based devices with different feature sets. Some better than the current iPhone (4S) and some worse.

The Losers

The results of our little survey also were consistent with what is happening in the marketplace. Both Blackberry and Nokia show dramatic little usage. Only 8% of respondents use a Blackberry and none reported phones made by Nokia. These once mighty companies have been left behind as they could not keep up with the technology advancements by other companies. As contracts expire we are seeing businesses dump Blackberries en mass.There was also only one reported Microsoft Windows phone. Microsoft is getting back into the mobile market but expect to see a bigger push when they release their new mobile software at the end of the year (about the same time Windows 8 is released for PCs and tablets)

Conclusion

While the sampling size was small is is interesting to see how employee owned devices are now the new normal for businesses. While the current market share numbers were really no surprise it will be interested to see once the next generation of the Apple phone (iPhone 5, Sept/Oct 2012 release) and Android top level phones( Samsung Galaxy III / HTC One X) go head to head if these numbers will change.

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