My smartphone holds my whole life. I answer my emails on it, balance my checkbook, manage my calendar, my tasks, browse the web, and even occasionally make phone calls. Sometimes I think my MacBook feels neglected, since I often reach for my phone to answer emails and check things, even when the computer is open and sitting right next to me.
Now that I have a Redfly, my MacBook should really be sweating bullets. The Redfly fits absolutely perfectly into my smartphone world. I can pull out at work and answer emails on my lunch hour, I can be sitting in a waiting room and happily browsing my favorite websites, and I love being able to start working on my phone, plug in the Redfly, continue my work, and swap back over to the phone without skipping a beat.
It got me thinking…with everything I do on my phone, and everything the Redfly adds to it, could I survive just using my phone and a Redfly as my computer for a week?
So here are the rules of the engagement:
-I have to do everything that via my phone that I would normally do via my computer, such as browsing the web, IM, email, etc.
-I can’t reach for my MacBook at all. I have to do everything via Redfly+Epix, and if it can’t be done, I will note it as such.
-I’m also going to try to run comparisons of mobile sites vs full desktop sites with the Redfly and Opera Mobile. Since I’ll have a decent sized screen and a full keyboard (and wifi at home) I want to see if it feels more “functional” if I’m using the full desktop version of, say, Facebook over the mobile choice.
This is less a “smartphones are computers in your pocket”/”Redfly makes your phone better” kind of review and more of a “Hey I wonder what this would be like” kind of idea. Most of the reviews regarding the Redfly tend to focus on the business aspects, but what drew me to it was the consumer aspect, being able to take the mobility and connected-ness of a smartphone to a whole new level.
So as of 12:00am Sunday, I’ll shut down my MacBook and switch to the Redfly for the week. I’ll check in with a report mid-week on how it has been going, and I’ll post a full rundown next weekend on how it went, what I missed and what I gained from this “experiment.” If there’s requests for me to try a particular program or setting, let me know and I will give it a shot!