Monday, November 10, 2008

New Article on Mobile Phones & Devices

A colleague recently asked me which phone I use and why. I thought answering his question and explaining how to choose a phone might make a helpful article! I just released it for publication... advanced copies are available by clicking here!

5 comments:

Austin Spooner said...

Nick, your link does not work.

Nick Nicholaou said...

Thanks, Austin... it's fixed now!

Michael said...

Unbelievable that there's no mention of Apple's iPhone. Our senior and executive pastor both have an iPhone 3G (as do I, and 4 other staff members), and it's been the best mobile experience imaginable.

The only time I hear from iPhone owners on staff is when our own servers are down. Otherwise, nary a word.

However, with the 4 other staff members with a "Palm Treo" device, I get a helpdesk email from at least one of them WEEKLY. Whether they're running "Windows Mobile" or Palm's own software, those phones are pieces of trash, and I wish I could convince them to let the church get them iPhones & be done with it.

Are you not aware of the proliferation of iPhones in enterprise? They're more than just "glorified iPods," and as the IT Manager I use mine to remotely log in to our servers & computers, have basically zero connectivity issues over either wifi or AT&T's network, connects & syncs to our Exchange server like a dream, is secure just as any other "smart phone," and I find the iPhone to be rock-solid and IMHO the best option as a "smart phone" for anyone.

You may want to take notice of the iPhone & its usage. I'm no "fanboy," I just know that when a staff member gets an iPhone, I help them set it up for syncing, and then I rarely, if ever, hear from them again...it's an IT dream.

Nick Nicholaou said...

Thanks, Michael, for sharing your thoughts. In the article I don't recommend any device, and actually say the one I use will likely not be right for others. While we have many clients using iPhones, we are precluded from doing so at my company because we're locked into VerizonWireless contracts. However, my personal preference would still be for a device I can use a stylus on.

Michael said...

I understand, Nick. We are in the process of dumping Sprint as "our carrier." They've been about average to work with, with nothing but signal issues. Verizon, T-Mobile and "U.S. Cellular" have all made their pitch and their rates & services are no better.

A stylus? Wow...really? I guess if it's what you're "used to." Personally I used a Palm PDA for several years; then another Palm "smart phone" and then a Blackberry; I found the mini-keyboard to be a vast improvement over using a stylus to type, which was nearly impossible. Now with the iPhone, I can't imagine going back to using a stylus stick for anything. Didn't think I'd like a "virutal keyboard" on the iPhone 'til I started using it. Have you ever tried an iPhone before? I know it's not for everybody, but using one for more than just a 20-minute demo might change your mind...