Do you diversify your gadgets?

Do you diversify your gadgets?

Summary: 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.


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?

Topics: Apple, Collaboration, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Telcos

Lee Lup Yuen

About Lee Lup Yuen

Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge.
He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

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  • As my job scope requires me to connect to the server for troubleshooting problems at any time and I travel a lot, here i share what I have in order to do my works efficiently.

    - A Nokia N900 as the primary phone, social networking, remote access to the server (troubleshooting on telnet, Windows Remote Desktop, SSH etc.), 3G WiFi access point / USB modem, USB drive (32Gb internal capacity) and 5 Mp camera included with unlimited mobile broadband plan if I'm in home network.

    - A Nokia 1260 as a backup phone (which last for a week on standby) on another number & telco.

    - A Nokia power pack for instant recharge for both of the phone (dual power jack).

    - Dell XPS running XP Pro for mainly offline works or long hours of coding (and of course the 9 cell additional battery)

    - Several other SIM cards from different local telco (in case the current network failed. This happens here!) and SIM cards for voice or unlimited broadband for the mostly visited neighboring countries.

    If I lost ALL of my gadgets but still want to communicate to the rest of the world, I can rely on eSky's services which I'll just need to find a PC with internet and I can either make call from that PC directly from my facebook or trigger a call to connect a phone that I borrow from anybody next to me and the number that I want to call.