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Nokia Lumia 710 – a good business device?

It has been a busy few weeks so I have only just had the chance to get my hands on the new Nokia Lumia 710, I am currently running the Lumia 800 as my phone at the moment, I love it, the seamless integration with our IT through Microsoft Office 365 is brilliant and I can’t face the idea of being without it now.

So the question in my head was, “would the 800’s little sibling be as good?”

First impressions are good, the materials used to build the handset are of a decent quality, there is no budget plastic feel here, it looks good and the curves fit in my hand nicely (probably better than the 800 if I am honest). It’s all going to be about the touchscreen experience and the speed of the processor when opening applications now, and I am pleased to say it is a dead heat, it is as quick as it’s big brother.

It doesn’t have the fiddly “push and slide” access to the charging port and SIM card that the 800 does which I think will help with device life and it can boast a removable back cover and battery so you can have spares for it for those heavy users amongst you.

In summary, I am impressed by the device and it’s price point that makes it an affordable option for corporate customers looking to deploy smartphone devices to their entire team fully funded by the network.

Give me some time with the device and I will provide you with a more detailed review, but from the time spent with it, YES it is a good business device.

I did get my hands on a BlackBerry 9790 this week, I like it, the full QWERTY keypad which I love, and still miss to this day, fast responsive touchscreen if you want to or you can use the trackpad, it’s lightweight, it’s thin but it appears to pack a punch. I am going to speak to our business partners Cloud Business (www.cloudbusiness.co.uk) about getting one of them active on our Microsoft Office 365 account to see how it handles my working day with Sharepoint, Exchange and Excel, watch this space.

 

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – as long as you have a “Snow Plan”

I follow @Mcallistersrcvy on Twitter, mainly because their MD @markamcallister and the rest of the team provide excellent real time updates on road and traffic issues around Surrey and Hampshire.

This week Mark and the team have been providing #SurreySnow updates and according to their latest tweets, and I quote “Models today continue with cold suggestions. Next Fri & Sat poss 20 inches of snow & max temps of -4 deg c” there is the potential for some serious snow and the conditions could be worse than we saw in December 2010.

My new year’s business wish was for a fast start for 2012, January has been excellent but we want to keep it going in February and the last thing I think any business needs right now is the chaos that the cold, fluffy, white stuff seems to bring to our lives.

So last year we invested in technology that enables us to work wherever we want to, no matter what snow or erupting volcanoes want to throw at us.

I am not going to bore you with the full details but obviously I have my smartphone (A Nokia Lumia 800, running Windows 7.5) and my laptop, a 3G data connection, my critical business applications are run by Microsoft Office 365 (email, video & voice conferencing and collaborative working through Sharepoint) and all my customer details are hosted with Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

This means that whatever I want to do I can get full access on both my phone and laptop to whatever I need, and more than that our entire team of 7 people can access all the same documents and details from wherever they are too.

If the snow comes we will hold our sales meeting via Lync (the conferencing and instant messaging part of Office 365), we will be able to share our sales forecast in Excel on everyone’s device of choice at the same time and any one of us can edit it accordingly, once we are done we can save it to Sharepoint ready for the week after.

Now I am sure there are many of you that can already do the same via a number of different systems and set ups, but there will also be a huge number of your clients, business partners, family and friends who cannot.

We would like to help these people, all you have to do is put us in touch.