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

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.

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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21 Comments

1. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

Who is this benjamin guy???

7. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

he is the old guy who turns into a baby

9. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

hahaha that was funny :d

11. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

4. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

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

3. nikenturd unregistered

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

5. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

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

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Why the pink casing tho? Smh

8. Furbal unregistered

No one steals pink.

17. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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.

10. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

battery life mustahave sucked

19. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

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

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

13. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 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.

14. sonofzeus

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

How do rate this guy "LAZY" or "SMART"?????????????????

15. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

16. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Cool Benjamin, cool!

18. bpaige11

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

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

20. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

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

21. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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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