Everyday we have calls and emails asking for opinions and advice on the devices available on the market today and we duly provide our advice and opinions at that time.
Choosing a PDA or smartphone is a personal choice and what we advise may not be what you really want, but often what fits your requirements. We believe it is important to get a bit of both into the product you buy.
We all become tempted by the coolest new thing out but if it does not do what we want then it is not much good!
Occasionally we get asked what device do you use, which is a very good question!
Like you we all have varying requirements from our devices and different budgets.
One of the big drawbacks of working for a company that stocks all the products is that you get a very detailed views and opinions about all the devices and good feedback from customers thus helping us to make an informed decision on what is best.
The other problem is that we often get to see roadmaps up to 6 months in advance, so just like you we get taken by tomorrow’s technology, it’s just that we are drawn to the devices here in 6 months, not what is here now!
Many of our team are also using very conventional devices and not the latest and state of the art technology. Why, simply they have no need. They want a device that can make a call and send a few text messages, an everyday Nokia or Motorola does just that.
You may also think that we swap devices regularly, probably not as often as you think. Yes new devices come in every few weeks but being that we become quite critical from our broad knowledge and experience we tend to keep the devices we have for somewhere between 12-24 months.
So what do a few of our staff use?
Chris – Well starting at the top Chris the MD has been through many devices (he can pick what he likes – he is in charge!). However his current device is the HTC Touch Pro. An upgrade to his TyTN II, Chris loves the VGA screen but has missed the tilting screen. He is therefore waiting for the Pro2 (Yes, he will have the first one in). He believes the Touch Pro2 is the best to date. He likes to be able to get a good text input rate through the keyboard and the solid build and style of the Pro2 is a big attraction.
Jon – Currently using the HTC Touch Diamond (yes, the original one). He loves the compact and stylish design of this unit. He admits the battery life is shocking and misses the physical keypad of the Nokia N95 he used prior to the Diamond. Not drawn to the logical Diamond2 upgrade, Jon is waiting on the HTC Snap. He has decided, after fiddling with many other units in stock that the Snap offers the best of everything and will suit his mobile lifestyle, especially when it comes to the ease of texting, accessing twitter, facebook and email.
Richard – A smartphone fan, he uses the HTC S740. He likes the no nonsense design and practicality of the unit, not touch screen takes away some complications and the standby time is great on this unit. Previously having used the S710, the S740 brought many advantages including 3G connectivity and better design. No plans for an upgrade at this time.
Jill – Partner Jill is often teased by us for her device. It is an old Nokia 9300. Yes centuries old in terms of technology, and hers has taken its fair share of knocks and bumps too, but she loves it. It is durable, practical and loves the operating system, especially the calendar. We have tried to persuade her to pastures new, but she is staying with it, to the point that she has looked to source a second hand one as a backup when hers eventually dies! Despite this, we are firm believers in the saying if it aint broke don’t fix it. If it does the job then why change?
Chris (Wardy) – The newest member of our team, previously owned a basic but functional Sony Ericsson. His party lifestyle meant that it has seen better days, despite being less than a year old! Now using the Samsung Tocco Ultra, he loves the sliding design, touch screen and the stunning 8 megapixel camera.
A fan of the physical keys, he has at times cursed and the not too sensitive display, but none the less he is satisfied with the overall operation. The camera is the standout feature for him and you can’t get much better on a mobile.
Colin – A Psion user! Yes, say no more he does still use one, and what’s more it looks brand new. There is nothing he doesn’t know about Psions and you want catch him using anything else for his diary and contact database. He does have a very basic Nokia too. Although he knows all about Windows and Symbian etc, we will not see him using one any time soon.
So that is the devices that some of us use.