Two Days with a Windows Phone

Lumia 920 Windows Phone

In my quest to get the next iPhone (I’ve been a user of Android since the 2.1 days), I have sold my beloved Nexus 4 ahead of the rumored September 10 Keynote. I am not going without a phone, though — I was able to pick up a Nokia Lumia 521 for T-Mobile for only $120.

Having no experience with Windows Phone after years of using both iOS and Android regularly, I figured I would write about my experiences of Microsoft’s smartphone platform.

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Nokia Cuts 4000 Jobs Due to Increased Competition

For several years, telecommunications giant Nokia has been a leader in the mobile phone industry. Nokia might be starting to feel the effects of iOS- and Android-powered smartphones, however, as the Finland-based company has cut 4000 jobs due to increased competition. As part of the reduction, Nokia has announced that it will be moving certain manufacturing lines that it operated in Hungary, Mexico, and Finland to Asia… (more…)

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Do You Represent the Typical Mobile User? Maybe, Maybe Not

In last year’s movie, Up in the Air, George Clooney played a corporate frequent flyer ready to be put out to pasture when his antiquated methods are threatened to be replaced by technological advances implemented by a younger colleague.  But which character is actually more representative of the typical mobile user?  You might be surprised.

A recent survey of 1,100 mobile workers (those who use mobile devices such as laptops or smarthphones to access network resources outside their offices) showed that the typical user is around 46 years old.  84.6% have smartphones, with nearly 70% using their devices for work-related activities. Over two-fifths (43.5%) leave their laptops at work and rely on their smartphones when not on-site.

As for iPads, approximately one-fourth of workers (27%) believe tablet computers will replace the laptop.  Over one-third of workers (37.2%) see the laptop replacing the desktop and another device being used for routine work within the next year.

The iPhone is the preferred next smartphone with 42.5% planning to purchase one when their current contracts expire.  Less than one-fifth (19%) wanted a BlackBerry as their next device, with similar declining interests in Nokia, Windows Mobile, and WebOS devices.  Younger workers, ages 25-34, had more than a passing interest in the Android platform (34%), but still preferred the iPhone (42%).

Combine this embrace of technology by executives and managers with the imminent increase in Webmail through such avenues as Facebook’s recent expansion of messaging services, and IT departments are facing a perfect storm of security threats.

[InfoWorld]

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