Many people like me depend on our gadgets for mission critical work. So it makes sense to diversify our choice of gadgets in case one gadget goes down. Here's how I diversify my gadgets:
- I used my iPhone 4 for working on my e-mail until the most recent iOS upgrade caused my e-mail app to hang or crash often. So today I switched over to my Samsung Nexus S phone, which works perfectly fine with my e-mail. I'm not switching back to iPhone until Apple or my e-mail operator fixes the problem.
- I still carry a Nokia C5 candybar phone for making voice calls. The battery lasts for days without recharging, and I prefer the buttons for quick typing on-the-go.
- I carry SIMs from three mobile operators when I travel. During my last trip to Korea I had to switch SIMs due to data roaming problems. I racked up a bill of US$790 for data roaming charges but it was totally worth the investment.
- I use a MacBook Pro running Windows 7 as my primary work environment. But when Windows constantly crashes or refuses to boot, I can always boot up to Mac OS and continue working.
- I like to use the Apple Magic Mouse with my MacBook Pro, but the battery runs out sometimes and my MacBook Pro has Bluetooth problems. So I carry a wired mouse in my bag at all times.
- I carry both VGA and HDMI display adapters in my bag. VGA projectors work fine but the colours look horrible and VGA projectors often can't handle the widescreen aspect ratio properly. I prefer to use HDMI monitors and projects where available.
Have you thought about diversifying your gadgets? What if your smartphone gets lost or damaged while overseas?