We had the smartphone, and then we had tablets, and now we have phablets. These oversized phones that double as a tablet, or if you prefer tablet that doubles as a phone, are here but will they stay? Currently smart phones larger than 5 inches currently only consist of about 2% of the total phones out there. Yeah it’s great to have this huge phone in which you can make calls and watch movies but what often suffers on these types of devices is the battery life. It’s hard to run such a large screen on a thin device and have ample power to run them. I had the first DroidX and although the battery was great for a while, I’m now two years in and the battery does not last a whole day. I know I should probably upgrade right. Phablet? Probably not.
One of my favorite apps that I use daily on my computer and iphone is called Dropbox. Do you want to be able to access your files from anywhere you are? Computer, web, phone, and or tablet? Dropbox is a cool app that allows you to do this seamlessly by simply installing the app on your computer, or your smartphone. Dropbox is cloud service that basically backs up any changes you make to a file no matter which device you’re using to access the file.
• 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available.
• Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website.
• Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.
• Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection.
• Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing).
•Manually set bandwidth limits — Dropbox won’t hog your connection.
Another cool feature is file sharing. You can share folders and thereby documents so if you need to collaborate with someone, you all have access to the same file. Never be without your files again.
Effective November 8, 2010 Microsoft kicks off the release of Windows Mobile 7, adding to the number of Exchange-ready phones available to the Business World. Pre-release reviews have been mixed, but even the most negative reviews I’ve seen, seem to see this OS as a serious player. Initially on devices from AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint will also have phones, shortly into the next year. Phones will come from manufacturers LG, HTC, Samsung and Dell. For more information on Windows Mobile 7, got to http://www.windowsphone7.com/.
To learn more about our launch lineup, check out the Windows Phone site (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/phones.aspx)
If you would also like to check out some mobile apps for the phone you can take a look at this site as well (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx)
New Cloud VoIP Phone Systems – Cloud Phone System Review – Which Cloud Solution Is Best For Phone Systems | BVA IT Consulting Blog
BVA is reviewing many different options when it comes to Cloud Offerings for phone systems. There are many out there that promise a lot of things and in our experiences we feel that they over-promise feature sets. There are some local vendors here in the valley that have some offerings such as Saddleback and Telesphere. We have heard good and bad things about these services here locally, therefore collectively we thought we would look elsewhere for a viable vendor to provide said services. We have one service we are reviewing (http://www.ringcentral.com) called Ring Central and it sounds like a good solution to review and try out.
An organization can get a complete cloud-based VoIP business phone system that eliminates expensive on-premise equipment, includes ready-to-use phones, and provides enterprise-class functionality with RingCentral Office. No setup fees, no contracts required, and instant activation is what I like about it looking at it from 10,000 feet. You can use RingCentral Office as your business phone system and:
- Set up your phone system to work the way you do.
- Get the business phone system, voice and fax features you need.
- Integrate office, mobile, and distributed employees under one phone system.
- Manage calls, voicemail, and faxes from your mobile phone.
- Eliminate setup costs and complex installation.
- Significantly reduce ongoing operating costs.
- Add users and phones any time on the fly.