What Do You Use Your Smartphone For?

Ever wonder what other people use their smartphones for? I know what I use mine for – quite a bit of email, a bit less texting and talking, a TON of picture/video taking, and a sizable amount of browsing and news consumption. Oh, and a little social media thrown in. Interestingly enough, the number one use for smartphones isn’t very smart at all – you can pretty much text on ANY phone, smart or dumb. Still, this infographic by Tatango is an interesting look at how people prefer to employ their brainy little devices:

The Mobile Enterprise

I just got a new work smartphone – its Android-powered, but more on that later. With a quick download of a Nitro app, I have sufficient security to access my Outlook mail, contacts, calendar and tasks. I understand my IT department is deploying tools to further integrate the mobile and desktop experience – first, iOS and Blackberry, with Android-friendly tools coming soon. When I come into work these days, a new wireless network pops up on my phone’s screen: iPad Test. Yes, Virginia, businesses are definitely going MOBILE.

Zendesk has published a cool infographic detailing the marriage between the enterprise and their smartphones. It’s tight, and only getting tighter. Check it out below, hat tip to WebWorkerDaily:

More Internet Demographics Infographics

Want to know who is using your favorite social network? SocialTimes compiled the information and drew up this pretty chart with tiny boxes representing percentages by age, income level, educational level, and yes, gender. Each little box is a percentage point, so stippling is a given. Twitter and Facebook are predominantly female, while Digg and Reddit are predominantly male. What really makes this infograhic rock for me is the use of the Benjamin Franklin quote:

Be civil to all;

Sociable to many;

Familiar with few;

Friend to one;

Enemy to none.

Think this still holds true in the digital age?

Hit the jump here to socialtimes to get a bigger picture on the big picture.

The iPad: A Use Case

Remembering back now, almost a year ago, to a post I wrote about the iPhone as Swiss Army Knife. The post followed my use of the Phone over the course of a ski weekend, including connecting with a new client, drafting and collaborating on a project bid, finding local restaurants and tracking my husband and kids on the slopes.

Flash forward to last week, and I found myself in a similar situation, armed with my trusty iPad.

For those of you who are still on the fence about whether an iPad can further your business interests, read on. While it does not touch on the same range of applications as my prior iPhone post, it shows how a simple iPad can replace a laptop and help you get the job done with a much smaller footprint.

Last week, my mother underwent surgery. I took a personal day off to be with her at the hospital, follow her progress, and report back to interested friends and family members. These days, I can’t really afford to take an entire day – my workload suffers too much from the added weight. So, I packed my little bag with nothing but my iPad and Alu Pen stylus.

I got an email from one of my task force team members asking for research on a particular issue of New York Workers’ Compensation law and Medicare. I read the email on the secure webmail server that I accessed via Safari on my iPad. I quickly hopped onto Google for some quick searching and a general overview. I then opened a new page for westlaw.com, entered my OnePass and got to work.  Navigating Westlaw on the mobile interface is a little tricky but I somehow managed to access all the necessary functions through some creative tapping and swiping.

A couple of hours later, I had emailed all the pertinent information to myself. I then set to work drafting the research memo to the team, using the Word-compatible DocsToGo. I was able to incorporate all the necessary formatting using DocsToGo’s tools. And it did not take me much longer to deposit my writings on the virtual page than it would have with a keyboard.

And I do actually have a bluetooth keyboard for it. But I find that I really don’t use it as much as I anticipated and don’t really miss it when it is in a location different from my iPad and me.

Once finished, I sent off the memo to the team, again using the secure Web interface. I then read all the important news from my social streams and RSS using Flipboard and Feedly, sharing some key bits with my friends. While I still needed my phone to make and receive my work related and personal calls, I was able to do EVERYTHING else on the iPad.

The size difference between a small laptop and the iPad is not great. But, in my opinion, the difference in capability is not great either. I have yet to encounter an insurmountable problem while using the device for a particular task, and either leverage an app or come up with a clever work around to get the job done. It’s small, lightweight (to me anyway), and connected via Wi-Fi and 3G. It is instant on and solid as a rock. It has awesome battery life – much better than my three laptops. And it is fully customizable with a click of a button in the App Store. I have even gone so far as to control my remote laptop with my iPad, thus solving some of the issues surrounding the difference in capabilities.

In a word (or two), it rocks. The competition definitely has its benchmark.

More e-Stats for Number Junkies

Internet Cafe - Image by Lee Jordan

Are you interested in how the internet is being used and by whom? Do you love numbers? Pingdom, a company that performs website monitoring, compiled a heavy-duty blog post containing tons of relevant (and somewhat west of relevant) numbers on internet usage during the year 2009. Now, I cannot really testify regarding the support for the numbers, because Pingdom does not list its sources. But, assuming a kernel of truth, these are still pretty impressive and there are some fascinating factoids, to be sure. Did you know that 90 trillion email were sent. I guess email isn’t dead, or at least no one has told it yet. There were 234 million web sites and 187 million domain names across the top-level domains. That is a lot of surfing. There were 173 billion internet users and they are NOT concentrated in North America (Asia wins).

Check out these social media numbers (taken from the post):

  • 126 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).
  • 84% – Percent of social network sites with more women than men.
  • 27.3 million – Number of tweets on Twitter per day (November, 2009)
  • 57% – Percentage of Twitter’s user base located in the United States.
  • 4.25 million – People following @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher, Twitter’s most followed user).
  • 350 million – People on Facebook.
  • 50% – Percentage of Facebook users that log in every day.
  • 500,000 – The number of active Facebook applications.

Guess blogs aren’t dead yet either.

Check out the entire list of stats at Pingdom’s blog (link here). Thanks, Resource Shelf, for the tip.

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