Life with a Smartphone

When I am on vacation, I don’t usually work, nor do I recommend working. However, when you own a small business, the last thing you want to do is completely disconnect (disappear) for 4 or 5 days. With the new generation of Smartphones, you don’t have to.

After months of debate, I finally traded in my old trusty LG cell phone for Motorola’s new Droid cell phone that runs on the Android operating system. I needed a cell phone to provide me with a constant connection to my social network, search engine capabilities and a reliable cell signal for any unforeseen time of need.

Today, I am approximately 400 miles away from home and thanks to the wpToGo app; I am still able to post my little tidbit of wisdom to the virtual business world.

1. Android is a Google powered phone. It uses your personal Gmail account for storing and organizing contact information. It is even possible to sync your domain email address list if you use Google Business apps for your business email service!

2. For you WordPress bloggers, wpToGo is a fabulous application I downloaded for free to post directly to our WordPress.com blog. It is so easy to setup and use! However, when posting to a self-hosted WordPress blog, you’ll have to edit a .php configuration file and that gets a little trickier.

3. YouTube is, of course, another service owned by Google. The YouTube app came installed on the phone, so I had to share the new-ish viral video of the 62 year old American Idol General Larry Platt singing “Pants on the Ground”. (My ski buddies hadn’t seen it yet.)

4. Twidget Lite is a lot like twitterfeed, except it’s on your cell. It gives you a live feed of tweets and the option to retweet from your cell phone’s home screen. (This app does seem to crash more often than others.) I also installed Seesmic, a more efficient twitter app that even gives you access to your lists.

5. I have unlimited access to the weather, sports (Go Colts!), Google maps with GPS, traffic updates, Facebook (also came standard), MySpace, and even an app for a coin toss in case I don’t have any change!

The point in sharing all this information about my new droid is to try to introduce to you the mobile office capabilities-which are growing at an amazing rate. Even if you have a Blackberry or an iPhone, you can search some of these types of applications for your own business or recreational needs.

One thought on “Life with a Smartphone

  1. Anonymous

    Nice article but do note that Android is not a phone, but the operating system that runs on phones.

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