Quick update – I’m currently in the middle of writing the next part of my agency change series, but in the meantime I’ve had lots of positive feedback on the earlier post.
I’m really glad that there are like-minded people who understand what I’ve been saying. Thanks to Sam Brownfield from Tradewind (London) Ltd for mentioning this post on his blog. Sam’s post ‘End of Term Report – Digital in 2009‘ is really interesting and makes a great point about how outsourcing can sometimes turn into a mess of layers. It’s also spot on with regards to the rise of Digital Out Of Home, and the convergence of ATL and Digital Skills, something I’m really into.
Click here for the Tradewind London blog
The past week has been an experiment on mobile connectivity for me. I decided to leave the laptop at work while I headed off for a family holiday. Was it possible for a news-feed nut like me to continue to get my news fix, or blog without a fixed connection and often without an Edge or 3G signal.
The answer if course is yes! I’m writing this post in front of a log fire with a chilled bottle of Hoeggarden. It’s been a pleasure to use a feedreader app on my iPhone to pick up my google reader feeds. I’ve been using GPS tracker to post regular location updates to my collegues. It hasn’t mattered one jot that a large amount of my time has been outside of high speed connection range.
What this excersise has done is to give me an insight into the shape of things to come, and how reliant users will be on the mobile networks. I haven’t been travelling through some particularly remote locations and it’s amazing to see how many real mobile blackspots there are in the UK.
If your main job was as a blogger then yes, all you would really need would be a decent smartphone and good reception. Right now, the iPhone ticks all the boxes. But of course as a device for full remote working (from a sys admin, consultancy, or network role), mobiles cannot compete with fixed line devices with the state of the current mobile networks. I’m talking about any mobile SIM based device because they all suffer from the same reliance on mobile coverage.
I can see this gap being resolved within 5 years, by then we will be looking at a totally different landscape. That’s a blog post for another day…
Mobile Blogging from here.
What does it have going for it?
- It has a nipple!
It’s not a real one, it’s a roller-ball style navigation like the traditional Blackberry Pearl. OK, so having a touchscreen is supposed to make this kind of thing obsolete, but if you’re not used to touch then a nipple can make navigation a lot simpler.
- Web-kit based browser.
Just like apple’s Safari Surfing the net is going to be fast, but just like the iPhone there’s no flash support yet.
- Push email for gmail
It’s push email for the masses, as soon as you get a mail it gets received by your phone – and you don’t need a Microsoft Exchange server.
- It’s the shape of things to come!
Jump onto the bandwagon, and be one of the first to experience a phone with a Google OS.
- 3.2 mega-pixel camera.
Ok, lets be honest – it’s nothing special, especially as phones are around with 5 mega-pixels, but it’s still a higher resolution than the iPhone’s
- Memory card expansion slot
It’s not innovative, but it means that unlike the iPhone you wont have to worry about all those applications using up your storage space.
- Digital Compass as well as GPS
Real innovation here – it means there’s plenty of scope for navigational applications which orientate their maps directly to the way your facing.
- Open Platform
Unrestricted applications, you can download what you want, when you want.
Let’s be honest – here’s what you’re really going to hate…
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