Android

Another new Blackberry

Well. Its finally here. The Blackberry with Android, and a proper Blackberry keyboard. Not a keyboard that hides away behind a sliding screen, a la the Blackberry Torch. A keyboard that sits unashamedly at the bottom of the screen, and allows you to type effortlessly, and (more importantly than anything) accurately for those of you that are absolutely fed up of sending messages that make zero sense to people because AutoCorrect decided you really did want to type Rhett instead of 'the'.... 

Heres a 'first look' video from The Verge.

We like it. A lot.

 

Time to take some tablets!

Business Tablet

 

In business, the tablet makes great sense. They are certainly cheaper to source and more portable that a laptop, and as someone who lugs around a laptop on occasion, it is cumbersome and takes a while to load up. Tablets on the other hand are like smartphones, always on, ready to start work immediately. They certainly are less intrusive at meetings, even against the new MacBook’s and you can have a choice of OS, iOS, Android or Windows. With wireless connections and high-speed mobile broadband, you do not even have to be near a router!

Advantages on the bottom line

Larger screen estate for Office apps means that staff can work remotely. Therefore, any business reliant on paperwork and form filing will find a tablet a real boon. On the shop floor, sales staff can use them as a point of sale to show customers pictures of products that may not be in store, but available to order online. They can also run their CRM, email and calendaring, synchronizing them with their desktop or phone. In a busy factory, line managers can update on production. Technical staff can access libraries and technical drawings. Maps and schematics are easily stored on the tablet or cloud

Insurance assessors, surveyors, or financial services providers would find them most useful for compiling information and photographs onsite. For executives, they can write communicate, delegate and sign off documents all on a tablet, perhaps at the golf club.

Choices to make

Firstly choosing the OS, as said earlier, you can get any of the main three. Once you have made that choice, it will have narrowed the field considerably. Much like last month’s blog Hot Tips on choosing a new phone, the options are similar, here again size does matter. Next choice will be to choose a decent amount of RAM for your tasks. If you are going to be running many apps at the same time, that will increase the need for RAM. Utilising cloud-computing means you do not need as much storage on the device itself, so you can get away with a smaller capacity and therefore cheaper tablet.  You will need extra support for HDMI on the USB port, if you want to connect for presentations. Nowadays, with the price of data dropping all the while, having a 3g or 4G tablet makes absolute sense.

Samsung Tablet

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Hot Tips for choosing your New Phone

Choosing a new phone is a big deal! It is not only a phone in your pocket these days, but can also double up as your wallet and mobile office.  You want to be able to take pictures, email, and share content on social media channels and so a number of variables will assist you in the decision

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Operating System

This really comes down to, if you want the easiest phone, with regular updates and the latest apps, coupled with less risk of malware or viruses. In which case the Apple iPhone, with the iOS, is the choice for you.

However, if you want a bit more freedom to change and personalise your smartphone experience, then Android is the OS for you. You will have a greater choice of phones, and many manufacturers. The openness of the OS allows developers to bring widgets, apps, keyboards and more to increase your pleasure. Blackberry; have moved into Android territory, now with their new phones.

Size

This matters a great deal, if you just want something to slide into your top pocket, or fill your jeans back pocket, then you will be looking at a phone screen size of 5.4 inches or less. These little phones also have the advantage of only needing one hand to reach the whole screen.  If you want, screen real estate to work on, then a supersized six plus-inches, is going to satisfy you.

Battery

If you require a phone to last longer, then make sure you get one with a battery greater than 3,000maH.

Camera

These days, you take pictures more than ever, to share on social media, to email a client with ideas or just documenting your day. Look at the number of pixels, the higher the number of microns the better, and the aperture, this should be as low as possible. Ignore the mega pixels.

Storage

Unless you store everything on clouds, then you will want more than 16 GB of internal storage, we are expecting phones this year to be 32GB and more. Consider external storage, with SanDisk announcing the new 256 GB SD card  there will be plenty of room on your phone.

Other points to consider:

A few other questions to ask yourself could include ‘Do you need your phone to be waterproof? ‘Does the phone need dual front speakers, for watching video or gaming?’ Would wireless charging be useful?’

We hope these tips will assist you in your choice of smartphone this year; however, we are always ready to answer any queries and help you decide on the right phone for you and your business.

Keep their mitts off your phone

Sometimes you feel you would lose your head if it wasn’t screwed on, so how can you secure your phone and keep it safe?

Here are some top tips to securing your phone

1.       Have a place for it. Keep it in one place about your person, in a particular pocket. When at home, keep the charger in one place and you will know where to look first.

2.       Have a secure lock screen, and use it. It is possible to fake fingerprints! Obvious patterns are too easy to guess and so too are number codes. Try to make yours obscure. Using a password is probably the strongest form of lock, as the possibilities are endless…

3.       Even though it is a pain, logging in and out of apps can save you the embarrassment of being fraped. Worse, money moved out of your accounts.

4.       If you are on an Android phone, you can lock your apps up. That will keep them safer. Consider locking up your banking and more sensitive apps with this extra layer of protection.

5.       Use a password manager if you forget passwords easily. These neat little apps will help you log in and out using just one password.

6.       Antivirus, is a must on phones today. IPhones do not have these apps, as on a more closed system, so less risk.

7.       You should not ‘jailbreak’ or ‘root’ your phone, unless you really know what you are doing in terms of security.

8.       Always use the reputable app stores, ‘side-loading’ can be the easiest way of introducing malware, viruses and giving control of your phone to an unseen invader.

9.       Avoid public networks, and if you need to use them, do not use sensitive apps such as banking on them, or indeed over 4G. Keep safe by using your own secured Wi-Fi at home.

10.   If you want to be super secure, you can encrypt your messages and emails. Using WhatsApp or iMessage will encrypt, however you can also delete those messages, just in case someone opens your phone. Emails are trickier to encrypt, a specialist app such as Protonmail will assist.

11.   Use the security features your antivirus app may have, such as tracking, remote wipe and camera trap. Might not stop your phone being stolen, but may increase the chance you get it back.

12.   Get insurance, these tips will help prevent snooping, fraping, malware and other invasions upon your phone, but if it happens that your phone is lost or stolen, insurance will make sure you have a phone in your hands again.

Just who are you?

Many of us do not realize how much information about ourselves we give away through our mobile phone. Sherlock Holmes would have a field day with all the details and hints you reveal. Without even opening up the screen and unlocking the multitude of secrets you hold inside, we can still find out a lot about who you really are.

The BBC recently put up an article pointing to some research that took swabs from mobiles and analysed the molecules to build a portrait of the lifestyle of the user.  From food preference to medications taken, we all leave minute traces of the substances we use on our phones. Chemicals, and bacteria, once put through a mass spectrometer can reveal your entire lifestyle and habits.

University of San Diego, who carried out the sampling on 40 mobile phones, could detect enough molecules to produce an accurate profile of the user.  A profile that points to a user, who is male, uses tanning products, has traces of suntan oil, traces of sweet bakery creations and caffeine might show someone who spends a lot of time abroad in cafes.

The phone you choose to carry, just as which watch you wear, tells a lot about the type of person you are. A questionnaire study by the British Psychological Society discovered that Android users tend to be’ less extroverted’ than iPhone users, though they rank higher in terms of Honesty and Humility. Women are more likely to be boasting an iPhone, along with those who enjoy ‘high status’.  Android users are more ‘individual’ and like to ‘buck the trend’.

Another study by phone carrier Talk Talk points to iPhone users being vainer and travel more, spent more on clothes and grooming. Blackberry users seem to be the ones who earn more, send more emails and text and even more phone calls. They also seem to have long-term relationships, more social and have more friends. Android users appear to be more creative, spend the most time on Social Media and drink more alcohol.

So have you learnt a bit more about your colleagues and their choice of phone? Remember these were just small studies and there are vast differences between us all, take it all with a pinch of salt.