Yesterday I decided it’s time to make a switch. I’m going to give up my blackberry and beloved BBM and take a shot at an iPhone and a world full of *useful* apps.
It took alot to convince myself to make the change, I do like my blackberry but i’ve just had enough of watching my blackberry fall behind on new technology.
One driving factor was a recent vehicle purchase. My new truck has Onstar, in 2011 you have the ability to start you vehicle via your cell phone, but of course there is no blackberry app, even though GM has promised, it hasn’t come through.
Another reason was communications. We sell and utilize voip phone systems, so we’re always looking for ways to take advantage of voip and different ways to save money, so why not use our 3G connection and all that data each month we pay for and loose, we’ll make all our phone calls over 3G directly off our phone system. I’ve been doing it on my iPad 2 and it works great. There are some bugs in sasktels network which causes it to be a bit flaky while driving, so we can always fall back to the old way of traditional voice. However when we are onsite at customers we can use their wifi or 3g and make free phone calls phone our cells. Yep. Free.
Because we are a technology company we’re again always looking for ways to be more efficient in supporting our customers.
We utilize Cisco router for all of our customers networks, the iPhone has a Cisco vpn client built into it. Perfect! Secure connections into our customers. Taking advantage of that we can not vnc onto any computer in our customers office and fully support them. Again, all from my phone.
For customers who utilize Microsoft Terminal servers, we now have the ability to connect and run our tradition apps such as quickbooks etc from anywhere.
Personal Hotspot, anyone who has tried to tether their laptop to their blackberry knows how much of a pain this is, however with the iPhone and the latest software it’s too easy. it simply turns itself into a wifi hotspot. You connect to it with wifi from your laptop ba da bing ba da boom you are on the internet. no magic required.
What about video chat? it’s not possible on a blackberry or even the playbook. However on the iPhone and iPad there are two different ways. One is skype, which allows you to connect to literally anyone, or facetime, which is a Apple app.
I don’t need to explain skype, but facetime is quite simple, it does require wifi however once it is going it’s simple.
Phil Symchych, sends me a text message, right above his name it says “Facetime” I click that button and in 10 seconds we’re having a video chat. Pretty cool.
So what about BBM? How am I going to survive without this??? No big deal.
Enter WhatsApp. This application works on Blackberry, IOS and Android. It operates exactly the same as bbm. Instead of D for delivered and R for read. You have one check mark and 2 check marks.
Problem solved, one extra app on the bb that integrates quite well and we’ll all still communicating without sending all those text messages.
There are many other apps i can now run without problem, such as bank apps, Sling Player and others but these really are the main things that after using an iPad for a few months I just couldn’t understand why I’m not running an iPhone.