Using the Right Tool For the Job

I have way too many devices. Ask anyone that knows me well, they will probably tell you that I do not need all of the phones, laptops, and smartwatches that I have. The reason I call this blog “Not As I Do” is to stress that I buy products so that you don’t have to. I can inform you about what you need, so you don’t make the same buying mistakes that I have.

That being said, I may be going against the grain when I tell you that you may also need multiple devices. Even if two devices can accomplish the same things, that doesn’t mean that they are complete substitutes for each other. Let me give you an example. The iPad Pro (of any screen size) is one of the most versatile products that Apple has ever made. Along with the Apple Pencil and the dedicated Smart Keyboard, a user can convert the iPad into a pseudo laptop for more productivity.

Don’t be that guy.

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The Curse of Chromebooks: Too Techy for Normals, Too Underpowered for Enthusiasts

It took me some time to try out my first Chromebook. The primary reason was I was so ingrained in the Windows operating system that I didn’t see the benefit of deviating. When I did finally dive in to see what Chromebooks were all about, I started with something simple. My first Chromebook was an 11 inch HP that I got from Best Buy for under $150. I quickly was drawn to the simplicity. Here was a sub-$200 device that did normal tasks better than many $500 devices. And that’s exactly what Chromebooks are best at.

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The Evolution of Portable Computing

 

I wish I was old enough to know how exciting it must have been when laptops actually started being small enough to carry around in a small bag. Of course, as laptops were growing in popularity in the early 2000’s, it was still way too early for me to have a reason to have one of my own. That being said, the first computer that I purchased for myself was a Dell Inspiron 15 Laptop, and it freed me from wrestling my brother for the family computer.

My generation likely underestimates the value that laptops have in our lives. I may be the exception of many of my friends having both a laptop and a desktop for my daily computing. For most people my age, a laptop is all they need to get by.

I was lucky enough to experience the age of smartphones in full. My usage of smartphones has only grown from my Motorola Droid 2 that I got in high school. Many of my cohorts now use it as a replacement for things they would otherwise do on a bigger screen – checking social media, browsing the web, and writing emails.

But now as the smartphone passes its first decade of maturity, what’s next for personal portable computing? Continue reading “The Evolution of Portable Computing”

Smartwatches: They’re Useless…And That’s Why I Have 6 of Them

A few years ago, there were probably people who thought that the smartwatch would be the next big thing, and we’d all leave our smartphones at home in favor of something more portable. But here we are, 4 years after the announcement of the original Samsung Galaxy Gear, and I would struggle to list 10 people who wear a smartwatch daily. While they may be more common in other circles, the fact is, smartwatches have nowhere near the gravity that smartphones do. Continue reading “Smartwatches: They’re Useless…And That’s Why I Have 6 of Them”

The Rainmaker: Using the Cloud to Your Advantage

Losing a phone or laptop can be hard. Switching devices can also be hard. But it doesn’t have to be. I switch phones and laptops weekly, if not more often. In order to do so seamlessly, I need to keep most of my data in the cloud.

If you are concerned about security, then you may not want to keep your whole life in the cloud. But you should have a balance of security and convenience that is tailored to you.

Here is how I personally use cloud services to my advantage: Continue reading “The Rainmaker: Using the Cloud to Your Advantage”

The Best Smartphone

Every time a tech writer claims that a device is the best in its class, the writer has to furiously defend his or her point, because there are always other devices out there that deliver a different experience to the user.

In the last two years, I have owned over 25 smartphones. I can quite easily tell with each new smartphone release whether it will be a good product for my needs. But that trait is not so easy for someone who has only used one device in the past two years.

For anyone who is looking to get the absolute best smartphone for themselves, I have a few recommendations: Continue reading “The Best Smartphone”