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Had I known as a 9 year old whose prized possessions were an Astromech robot and his shiny gold counterpart action figures that one day I would have something called a Droid as a constant companion as an adult I would have short circuited!

My first cell phone was a Motorola flip phone. It seemed pretty compact compared to the bag phone I kept in my trunk for emergencies. Over the years I have upgraded to progressively smaller and more featured units. The Blackberry seemed like the ultimate communications tool. Then came the iPhone and the Droid. Content with Verizon, I went with the Droid X late last year. Aside from losing some handy Blackberry functionality, overall it was a good move.

Yeah, apps are cool. Games are fun for long waits or airplanes, but the best apps are ones that actually help me with my daily activities. One thing that was next to impossible on a Blackberry was viewing PDF, Word or image files. In my job of media produciton manager, this is a daily occurrence. If a designer sends me a PDF I can zoom in, check it out, send revisions and forward to a client, all without booting up a laptop. That is, as we say in Connecticut, a beautiful thing.

I know, this is old news - smartphones have been around for a few years.

Did I mention this phone shoots 720p video and 8 megapixel photos? Gone are the grainy phone pictures I so excitedly added to my blogs for years. I almost never use my point and shoot digital camera - or at least I don't worry if I don't have it with me. When aliens land in my cornfield I'll be ready!

Stay tuned for a high resolution photo blog from my next trip. These should tide you over...

I will say the built-in MP3 player is handy, if only for setting alarms that will actually get me up in the morning!

And most importantly, I can now make blog entries and participate in the COW easily from the road!

From a non-work point of view, my wife and I share our Google calendar and shopping lists. Organization at home is also a beautiful thing. And did I mention how good the pictures of my cats look!

The Droid advertising is cool, futuristic and convincing. The non-gmail, non-exchange POP mail could use some improvements, but there are workarounds. Overall, I'm a happy convert.

Mike Cohen

Posted by: Mike Cohen on Mar 18, 2011 at 8:10:39 pm smartphone

I have a passion for my job, which entails training for medical professionals such as surgeons, nurses and administrators, not to mention various industries.

Technology is great, but how you apply your skills is what pays the bills.

Years ago I canceled my Media 100 support contract upon discovering what a treasure trove of helpful advice can be found on the Creative COW website. I am proud to be a part of this fantastic community.

In my blog I talk a little about media production, a lot about travel and workflow, and occasionally about cooking, nature and my four-legged friends.

Follow me on Twitter: med_ed_mike

I'm also on LinkedIn if you can't get enough of me!


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