Posts Tagged ‘Mobile Devices’

The Business Apps That Shaped Our Organizations

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Salespeople are the most avid users of business apps, and I think the “Holy Trinity” of business apps would be for Word Processing, Spreadsheets, and Presentations. I might just as well say, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Microsoft still dominates the market for Windows-based business applications software. It wasn’t always like that though. I’ve written about Microsoft stifling innovation in a previous article, and I was reminded about how widespread this has been when I did some research on cameras in phones.

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Google’s Pokémon Challenge and What That Means For Businesses and Sales Teams Alike

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Do you love Pokémon and want to work at Google? Well, if you follow their challange, you could become Google’s Pokémon Master and earn yourself a spot in the final round of hiring at Google, starting September 1st 2014. Simply open your Google Maps app on your Android or iOS Smart Phone to begin exploring the world and catching Pokémon. Sounds awesome right? Well, while I sit here and wish it were true, I too was fooled by Google’s latest April fools prank.

It wasn’t until I frantically searched through the comments on the Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge YouTube video, that reality sunk in. Yes, I had been an avid Pokémon fan growing up, but more impressive to me is the technology behind this concept. Google Maps for mobile is the world’s most popular app for smartphones and part of that success is due to how much information and big data Google has managed to package together.

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7 Reasons Why I Still Like My HTC One

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It has been a while since the last time I put out an article. This time around, I am not reviewing or comparing latest devices. Instead, I want to share why I like my HTC One. If people have read my previous posts, one of them was Smartphone Battle: Apple iPhone 5, Blackberry Z10, HTC One, or Samsung Galaxy S4 where I mentioned Samsung Galaxy S4 was the phone for me. However, reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, I came to realize that the cumbersome interface of TouchWiz, and pages of options aren’t for me. They make the learning curve twice as steep. Therefore, I decided to go with HTC One, and I have not yet regretted my decision. I have been using it for over 5 months now, and the device itself has been released nearly a year ago, but it still stacks up against the newer devices very well. I must say it is still one of the best Android phones made to date.

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The Ultimate Tablet for Tech-Savvy Sales Professionals

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Sales Tech Talk is back again! We’ve reviewed the Microsoft Surface RT as a good value tablet and have reviewed it from a project manager’s perspective. The newest member of our marketing team, Joshua Doner  tells us why he thinks the MS Surface is better than other tablets for salespeople. Let’s hear what this tech-savvy sales professional has to say about the Surface RT and how this mobile device can help to revolutionize the way of selling and increase overall sales productivity.

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Samsung S4 Final Review for Business Users – Is the iPhone Better?

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Samsung S4 Final Review

I’ve now had the Samsung S4 for approaching three months, and have had enough time to really get a feel for it. I’m a former iPhone user, and was originally quite excited to trade into the world of Android. I committed myself – I made the Samsung S4 my primary business phone. From a business perspective, personally I’d rather be using the iPhone. Let’s look at why.

Important for Business: #1 = E-Mail, Calendar, and SMS

For many sales people out there, E-Mail is the most important app on their phone. It’s the #1 reason that BlackBerry fan at the airport religiously defends himself. “E-Mail just works!”

Well, in short, the S4 could be confusing for the average business user. Samsung ships with it’s own E-Mail and Calendar app, which is different than other Android devices, and different from the Google Play edition of the S4. Plus, if you use Google Apps, you can also get native Google Calendar and Gmail apps. Which is a separate set of Google Apps running on a Samsung device powered by Google. Yeah, confusing.

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Does Marketing Kill Innovation?

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Some folks think that the influence of big data on marketing decisions is going to kill off creativity. The thinking is that executives will determine the fate of projects by analysis of data alone and not allow time for the creative juices to really flow and awareness and adoption to develop.

I’m more concerned by powerhouse marketing killing off ideas emanating from small companies—those who don’t have funds to match big guys in getting their story out. This has happened a lot in the technology world, and there are countless examples of really smart ideas and products getting axed through fear of competition from a colossus peddling a less capable offering and using sledgehammer-type marketing campaigns and funding.

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MS Surface RT – A Project Manager’s Test

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Project Management with RT

As a project manager whose customers rely on MS Office, I am a heavy user of those programs. I lug my Windows 7 laptop between work and home quite often, and I am not a fan of dealing with that when I’m buying my morning coffee or anything that requires two hands. When I learned that I can have a lightweight Windows 8 device I was very receptive to trying it out. Unfortunately, it would be Surface RT and not Surface Pro.

The Surface Pro is $799 and allows you to install programs that run on Windows 8. The Surface RT goes for $349 and runs MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Even without running other programs, I thought the Surface RT might be enough for a test drive to check what it can deliver compared with a clunky  laptop or a simple iPad.

The first impression, of course, is what is on the outside. The device is a meticulous piece of hardware, with the exception of hard edges, which make the surface somewhat hard to hold. The iPad looks more modern, but on the Surface screen my fingerprints seem less visible. The power cord looks strange at first, but very soon it is not noticeable.

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Our Review of the MS Surface RT – A Good Value Tablet?

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I just got my hands on the Microsoft Surface RT. This device has been on the market for approximately ten months. Let’s find out if it’s is still worth buying.

The Hardware

First thing I notice when is that the device feels solid because of its magnesium chassis. However, because of its size and material, it weighs 680g, which is on the heavy side for modern tablets.

The screen is a 10.6-inch 1366×768 ClearType HD Display which translates into 155dpi. Even though Microsoft points out that their ClearType technology improves the visual sharpness of text, this is only true if you are comparing it to a display with similar resolution. If you are comparing to competitive displays with double or even triple the pixel density, it really falls short.

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Sales Tech Talk: MS Surface Gets the Treatment

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As you may know, here at SalesWays, we’re putting the focus on salespeople when it comes to looking at tech tools, and after our last Sales Tech Talk review on the Samsung Note 8.0 we’re excited to get our hands on the next tech gadget.

Next up for review is the Microsoft Surface RT. Though it’s not the first time we’ve written about this tablet, (our tech-aholic Keith Thompson reviewed it earlier this year), our team will take turns reviewing this mobile device and will report back to you on its effectiveness for sales professional, along with our overall impressions of the device.

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When Is a Phone Not a Phone?

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Galaxy NX

When it’s a camera? When it’s a computer?

Samsung, the Korean electronics giant, seems to be going through an identity crisis in search for the answer to this question. Recently they released two new products that are causing people to reflect on the question, “who did they have in mind when they designed this?”

The first product is a decent looking camera that from the front shows its family heritage, the NX system that competes in the mirrorless, interchangeable lens, camera market along side the likes of Panasonic, Olympus, and now Canon and Nikon. The other new product is an updated version of the Galaxy camera that I first wrote about here. So what’s going on?

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