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Business man does all work only from a smartphone for a year, not going back

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Business man does all work only from a smartphone for a year, not going back
As you might imagine, the prospect of completely unhooking yourself from a desktop or laptop computer might not sit entirely well.

On the other hand, there are certainly plenty of us that might find it to be a wonderful idea. But what would you do without a keyboard? A spacious monitor? A file system? Those are all challenges Benjamin Robbins decided to tackle.

Robbins is founder of software consulting firm Palador, based in Seattle, Washington. A year ago, he decided to do away with his PC, tablet, keyboard and do all his work from his smartphone, a Samsung Galaxy Note. Samsung’s first phablet would prove to be a wise choice, it has a large screen, a stylus, and still plenty mobile.

After a year of using only his smartphone to do his work, Robbins acknowledges the adjustments he had to make, but does that mean he has been clamoring for a keyboard and chair the whole time? No. In fact Robbins explained, “I formed habits around mobility that I can't really imagine going away from.” After a few weeks, he was able to adjust his game plan because technology advances so rapidly and now he cannot imagine going back to a PC as his primary business tool.

Going exclusively mobile for a whole year allowed Benjamin Robbins to explore lots of styles for his Samsung Galaxy Note.  photo credit Benjamin Robbins

Going exclusively mobile for a whole year allowed Benjamin Robbins to explore lots of styles for his Samsung Galaxy Note.  photo credit Benjamin Robbins

In fact, Benjamin saw his productivity stabilize and get better because his mobile mindset enabled him to respond to customer situations right away versus waiting to get back to the office. The hardest challenge was dealing with a lack of an accessible file system. Robbins ended up using Dropbox and Box, but being on an Android device never found a comfortable solution working with SharePoint or Visio which he used in his office all the time, but he did manage to make it work because that was his focus.

The crux of the whole “experiment” was to break old habits and create new ones that allowed him to use the tools he had available. What did Robbins learn? The keyboard is not going anywhere anytime soon and big monitors serve a purpose. As for what is next, Robbins is going to keep going mobile and add a tablet to his repertoire.  We do not see much by way of an office PC in his future anytime soon.

You can read Benjamin Robbins’ blog about the whole experience here

source: CITEworld

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posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:22 2

1. avin007 (Posts: 139; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


Who is this benjamin guy???

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:39 14

7. pongkie (Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


he is the old guy who turns into a baby

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:57 3

9. B3BLW29 (Posts: 237; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


hahaha that was funny :d

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 02:39 2

11. schinnak (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


pongkie - haha. too good. that comment made my day!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:26

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1225; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


now , if there was a way to do business while at home

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:34

4. Topcat488 (Posts: 1044; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Sounds like someone needs a P. I. M. P. call me maybe?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:32

3. nikenturd (unregistered)


This guy must be a midget dayumn his phone looks way too big on his hands

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:35 4

5. ama3654 (Posts: 233; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


Well done Samsung for giving us the Note(S-pen), these devices are highly productive and makes life a bit more easier.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:38

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (Posts: 2384; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Why the pink casing tho? Smh

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 01:42 7

8. Furbal (Posts: 142; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


No one steals pink.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 08:28

17. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 813; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


To me its not the fact that its pink that surprises me. It's the fact that it's bedazzled pink. There are pre-teen girls that wouldn't even use that case.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 02:24

10. dickwyn (Posts: 552; Member since: 07 May 2012)


battery life mustahave sucked

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:05

19. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


dual core, non-FHD device with 2500mah, which is bigger than DNA

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 03:03

12. jroc74 (Posts: 4055; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


What......I thought only serious work could be done from a Black Berry and every thing else were toys....

Like I have said since ....forever.....one can do real work from any smart phone. Depends on what they do.

Share Point and Visio....sounds like he coulda been even more better off with WP. MS might wanna re think that whole making it available for Android and iOS. Glad he still made it work tho. Like with most things...doing real work from a smartphone not named Black Berry depends on the individual and their job.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 03:25

13. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


I agree mobile devices are extremely important for work, but i cant live without a laptop at least. No smartphones can access, modify, and do some work on my 8 terabytes of media files on my external disks. Not to mention the codecs used in my media files are mostly 10-bit encoding, and come with soft subs. No mobile devices i know, including android, can handle all kinds of codecs flawlessly.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 05:28

14. sonofzeus (Posts: 95; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


How do rate this guy

"LAZY" or "SMART"?????????????????

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 06:34

15. jroc74 (Posts: 4055; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Example, I'm on a bus right now. If I could start my work day now....how could that be considered lazy?

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 06:58

16. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 4852; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Cool Benjamin, cool!

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 11:49

18. bpaige11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


How is his eye sight doing? It kills me to squint at my phone for more than 20 minutes at a time.

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 13:07

20. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


You must not be havinf a 5.3" phablet...

posted on 14 Mar 2013, 16:58

21. jroc74 (Posts: 4055; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


How big is your screen? 2 inches? I never had to squint at my Droid 1 and later phones. They all had bigger screens tho.

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