Smartphones & Business
A few weeks ago, I had been counting down the days until I could get my hands on the new Galaxy Nexus from Google. A friend of mine has the previous version and while I didn’t like the fact that there was no physical keyboard, I was hard pressed to find any of the newer phones having one.
So when my phone upgrade came, I earmarked my money for the Galaxy Nexus and I have to say that I am quite happy with it. It’s no surprise of course that I’m absolutely in love with Google and all things Google; I wasn’t intending to be a Google fan girl, but I have to say that I have been using a ton of their products for years and have just recently completely switched over.
Now, aside from having a neat and new smartphone, as a freelancer, you might be wondering why having a smartphone would be a benefit.
First and foremost, having a smartphone means that you are mobile and as freelancers, that’s what we need. I know you could just use a laptop or a tablet, but unless you plan on taking those with you everywhere, having an easy access to a smartphone is great.
The big thing that really does make up a smartphone is the fact that there are mobile versions of the things that we could utilize while on the go that we would use on a desktop. For instance, every Android phone comes with access to Google’s platform – Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Search, etc.
And even if you decide to go with the hyped up iPhone 5, you can still set up what ever email that you need to receive. Those of you that have or are thinking about getting Windows phone, you’re in luck as Office is now a standard there and if you’re not on Windows, you can still easily get alternatives to Office products like Word and Excel.
3. Freelancing Apps
I know what you’re asking – how does having a smartphone help me, the freelancer? Well, it helps in many ways, depending what your specialty is. As a writer or blogger, many of the popular platforms have mobile apps in which you can write up your ideas and posts when away from your computer.
I’ve recently re-discovered Evernote, a note taking app that is cross platform. I had heard about it before, but was only using it sporadically until I moved to Virginia. Not wanting to take my desktop, which has the majority of my writings, I decided to use a combination of Evernote and Google in which to keep things I wanted to work on, while being able to have those things updated.
I now use it to get story ideas and for work.
This is only a small amount of things that can make being a freelancer on the go a bit easier with a smartphone than carrying around multiple items.
- Samsung Google Galaxy Nexus Smartphone Review (geeknewscentral.com)
- Your Galaxy Nexus, Ice Cream Sandwich questions answered (reviews.cnet.com)
- Call more businesses from Google on your smartphone (reviews.cnet.com)