Monday, April 28, 2008

Get Smarter About Smartphones

OK, this isn't about VoIP. But it is about phones. Sort of.

Last week, driven by desperation at the ever-increasing entropy of my life, I took People On-the-Go's Accomplishing More workshop. The brainchild of software engineer and e-marketing pioneer Pierre Khawand, People On-the-Go looks at personal organization and productivity with a view to first, keeping it simple and, second, using technology in a way that makes your life simpler, instead of more complicated.

One of those technologies is, of course, the smartphone.

A few years ago Khawand decided that he would try nine leading smartphones for nine days each. Last year he published a book, The Smartphone Experiment, a day-by-day report on his nine-by-nine experience. What makes Khawand's review more valuable than others is that his perspective is from a business user's POV. He even covers usability while driving -- not something that teen-targeting marketing considers.

The jury is still out on whether I'm more productive. But at least I'm less worried. Then again, I'm not sure that's a good sign. 

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