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Things You Can Do With Your Smartphone

I had an interesting discussion this week with a close friend of time who is an avid Windows Smartphone user. He just did not know why anyone would use anything else but a Windows based smartphone. After all, it did everything he needed a phone to do. Sound familiar? I really did like his Microsoft phone, and I liked his Microsoft Surface 3, and I understand why he loves them as well. However, as we all know - one size (or style) does not fit all of us. I readily admit that I am an Apple sheep, I use Apple products regularly. I trust them, I like them, I enjoy them. Why, you ask?  Well, I have decided that I pick what I use because, for me at least, the device is an extension of my self. The electronics have become more than just a set of tools that I pick up and then put away. They are more like a prosthetic, an extension of my physical self that supports my everyday activity. There may not be many unique things that my iPhone does today that your Microsoft or Google Android device will not do, but I just like the way it gets there. My Apple laptop may not work the same as my Microsoft Windows laptop - but I like the uniqueness of it and the way it flows. Sounds a little Zen doesn't it? Perhaps it is.

I have absolutely nothing against Microsoft products or products using Google's Android OS.  To each his own I say. That is why we have multiple automotive manufacturers and not just a box with an engine, four wheels and a seat. It is, after all, about the journey, not the destination, and more and more the electronics we use reflect how we want to make the journey. In fact, I run a number of applications developed for the Windows OS on my Apple laptop as a virtual desktop and it works great.  "Why would you want to do that?" my friend asks. The answer is simple, because I can. Why limit my horizon to what a single company thinks I should see, when I can enjoy a whole universe of options.

Smart computing is about being smart about how you compute. My recommendation is take off the blinders. It does not matter what computer your friend is using, or what phone they are using, if they are happy with what it does. The great error, is keeping the blinders on, and not realizing what the options might be.

There are many options out there in the vast technical universe that I choose to not use. But, each decision is a conscious decision, (and sometimes an economic decision ;-) that I choose to make.  For you individually, and for those IT professionals who follow my blog - don't hate the message (or the messenger either.) Understand there is more than one way to accomplish a task, and more than one right way. What matters is that the task is accomplished well.

Here is a link to a great article by Kim Komando, from USA Today on "10 awesome things you didn't know your phone could do", enjoy

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