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Choosing the Right Equipment - Smartphones - Part 3

Posted on September 04th, 2013 by Emily

 

So you’ve heard about the different operating systems available. What else should you consider when looking to purchase a new smartphone? There’s more than you may think…

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The decision to purchase a new smartphone shouldn’t be made on the strength of the software alone. If the device doesn’t have the capacity to store much, lacks the processing power to do what you need it to, or is flimsy or badly made, you’ll soon be looking to replace the device again.

You may wonder what else there is to look for in a smartphone, so, with that in mind – here’s a list of things that we feel should be considered.

Make sure you have a rough idea of what kinds of things you need it to do, then consider the following:

  • Manufacturer / Retailer – Purchasing from a reputable manufacturer and retailer is the best thing you can do to ensure that your phone will be of certain quality and safety standards, and will be replaced if there is a manufacturing defect.
  • Processing Power – More complicated apps require more processing power to run. More processing power means a faster, more responsive phone.
  • RAM – More ram allows you to have more apps open simultaneously, switch between tasks more smoothly and open larger files.
  • Storage – On-board storage or Expandable via Micro SD Card, more storage space allows you to store more apps and files directly on the device.
  • Screen Quality – Higher resolution screens mean that things appear less pixelated and often makes things easier to read
  • Camera – Some businesses may use this feature, (for example, the presence of a front facing camera for video conferencing) so the presence and quality of any cameras should be considered.
  • Size and Weight – No one wants to carry something that’s too large and heavy for them to use effectively or too small to see everything they need to.
  • Battery Life – Some smartphones have huge processing power but of course, doing high demand tasks on the device often drains the battery faster. Some phones have power saving modes to use and consume less power, others have more powerful batteries.

 

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for a new smartphone. Some of the points mentioned may not be as important as others, as requirements vary from individual to individual.

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Next on the Geek Guru list – Tablets! Considering buying one? Give our blog a read first and it may help you to choose the best one for you or your business!

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If you need more information about smartphones or guidance on choosing one that’s right for your business, or if you’d just like to chat to us about anything else IT-related, get in contact with us!

Call us on 0845 234 0580 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk

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Geek Guru Phone

Choosing the Right Equipment - Smartphones - Part 2

Posted on September 02nd, 2013 by Emily

 

Continuing our articles on how to choose equipment that suits your needs, today we’re looking at two more types of smartphone available on the market.

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While iPhone and Android are the two most popular OS choices for new smartphones, there are two more options. These options are a little more uncommon but still have their own style, strengths and weaknesses.

  • Windows Phone

While Windows based smartphones have limited popularity at the moment, they do still have something to offer businesses. The Windows Phone UI is in the same ‘metro’-type style as Windows 8, meaning if you like the way Windows 8 is laid out, you’ll be comfortable with Windows Phone.

It also has many of the apps offered on Windows 8, through Live Apps, which can be useful if you find yourself looking for an app to use both on your PC and on the move. It is integrated well with SkyDrive, and comes with a built-in Office 365 companion package that allows you to use Outlook, Lync, SharePoint, and read Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

Because it’s not as popular as Android, it lacks some of the apps, but it is still a useful, robust, Office 365-integrated operating system, supported by Microsoft with regular updates.

Like Android, there are various manufacturers who make Windows phones, so there are a variety of models to choose from, varying in processing power, size and price.

  • BlackBerry

BlackBerry smartphones used to be very popular with businesses, because of the way BlackBerry phones were geared towards communication – most still come with a full QWERTY keyboard, and this makes them attractive to people who need to send long emails or messages while on the move. Another popular feature is the tighter security of BlackBerry, which makes them good for businesses with mobile workers who regularly need to handle sensitive or valuable data – And you can bring all of your employees’ devices together with the BlackBerry PC platform, making them easier to manage. Blackberry devices are built with constant use in mind and usually have good battery life.

Unfortunately, while the feature set of some of the phones is very good, many of the phones are slow and unresponsive, lacking the raw processing power that really is needed for some tasks. They are also complicated to set up, and difficult to troubleshoot if things go wrong.  Some models are also extremely fragile.

The operating system, while secure, seems slow, and because the devices are restricted in hardware, there are fewer options available than with Android. Like all other types of smartphone, it has an app store, but the choices here are also, unfortunately, rather limited.

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Although the phone’s operating system is a huge consideration to make when purchasing a smartphone, there are some other things you’ll want to consider. We’ll be including a checklist of other things to consider in our next post, so be sure to come back for more information!

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If you need more information about smartphones or guidance on choosing one that’s right for your business, or if you’d just like to chat to us about anything else IT-related, get in contact with us!

Call us on 0845 234 0580 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk

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Geek Guru Phone

Choosing the Right Equipment - Smartphones - Part 1

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Emily

 

If you’re looking to purchase a new smartphone, there’s a few things you should consider. Today we’ll take a look at the first two main types of smartphones available for potential buyers.

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At the moment, there are four main types of smartphones available. iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone. While they all have some similar features, they also have an awful lot of differences.

We’ve put together some of the basics you should know about the four main types of smartphone, to try and help you make a more informed decision.

We’ll start off with the two most popular choices available:

  • iPhone

The iPhone runs iOS, Apple’s proprietary, strictly controlled software for its own hardware. iPhones have become immensely popular over the past few years, and the current iPhone 5 is no exception. One of the benefits of an iPhone is that they are all manufactured identically, so the operating system is designed to run as smoothly as possible on specific hardware, meaning bugs are rare. They are mostly well designed and built, to strict quality standards.

iOS is also very user friendly, offering a wide range of apps from the App Store for advanced users, while still being simple, intuitive and easy to use for those who are not fond of technology.

One of the limitations of the iPhone is that it has a unibody design and thus the battery is not user replaceable, nor can you add more storage like you can in most Android phones. iOS also feels limited sometimes with the tight controls Apple have over the App Store and configuration options.

  • Android Phones

There are a wide variety of Android phone models out there, but the two most popular manufacturers at the moment are Samsung and HTC.  There are many other manufacturers, though, and there are so many makes and models that it can be confusing to know what to buy. However, because there are so many models, there is a phone to suit pretty much every pocket.

Android OS is not limited to a small, specific set of hardware to run on, so you can get phones ranging from blazing fast speed with super multitasking capabilities, HD screen and great graphics in games, to a small and simple smartphone that you could use to check your email, browse the web and make calls. Because of the variety of hardware it’s designed to run on, there are often more bugs in the Android operating system, but because there are less controls on what’s run on Android and what’s available in the Google Play store, there are a wider variety of apps and the OS is far more configurable, making it good for power users. That said, there is still a side of Android that can make it a good, cost effective choice for users who don’t want too many complicated options or features.

Many Android smartphones come with the capability of adding additional storage space through use of a higher capacity MicroSD card, good for people who take tons of photos, have a massive music collection, or need to store large amounts of data or large files on their phones.

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There’s a lot more to consider when buying a smartphone, and we’ll be covering the other two types, along with some other features you may want to consider, in our next few articles. Keep your eyes on our blog for more useful info!

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If you need more information about smartphones or guidance on choosing one that’s right for your business, or if you’d just like to chat to us about anything else IT-related, get in contact with us!

Call us on 0845 234 0580 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk

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Ergonomics - Laptops, Tablets and Smartphones

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by Emily

 

In the last of our blog posts this week, we’ll discover how you can make mobile computing more comfortable.

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Our use of IT is changing drastically. In 2012, almost 25% of all computers sold were tablets or slates. However, ergonomics still need to be considered when using these devices, and often are not. Many people spend hours a day with their necks at about a 45 degree angle, staring into a mobile or tablet screen, or slouched over a laptop.
Excessive use of laptops, tablets and smartphones without consideration for ergonomics can cause RSI, back, neck and shoulder problems. Luckily, though there are some things you can do to make your use of mobile IT far more comfortable.

  • Laptops

Where possible, it is advised that you use a laptop on a desk or other flat surface where you can be seated correctly. Laptop supports or laptop trays are also another option, and allow you to use your laptop from an armchair or similar relaxed seated position. It’s advised that you make sure there’s adequate support for your arms while using laptops, and that your arms and hands are as close to the neutral position as possible when typing.
It is not advisable to use a laptop directly on your lap or in any other way that can block the air vents, such as on a cushion. Doing so can lead to heat injury to you or damage to the laptop from overheating.

  • Tablets and Smartphones

Useful for working, browsing, emailing, and for many other tasks while away from the desk, tablets and smartphones have seen massive success and increasing sales in recent years. Stands for tablets are available, but as with other portable devices, the general advice is to take regular breaks, stop if there is any pain, and to use them at a comfortable angle to your body, for example as you would hold a book. If you need to use them for extended periods, find a sitting position that is comfortable for your whole body, and does not cause stress to any joints, muscles, bones or tendons.
There are support cushions made from memory foam, and other devices that are designed to provide a comfortable reading position that may be helpful when using tablets and smartphones.

One last piece of advice from those with experience – never hold a phone to your ear using your shoulder! Doing so can cause serious neck pain.

We hope that our foray into the world of ergonomics has been enlightening for you. We think you’ll agree that some of the statistics are astonishing, especially when it comes to lost work hour and lost productivity! If you need any further advice, feel free to contact us and we’ll see what we can do to help, or put you in contact with a specialist advisor.

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At Geek Guru, we like to make our clients’ lives as pain-free as possible – At least when it comes to IT! If another computer headache is the last thing you need, get in touch with us.

For IT advice or information, or to see what we could do for your business, give us a call on 0845 234 0580 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk

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