What do we have in our pockets now?
One of the most common questions we at Pocketnow are asked is generally about what devices we carry. It’s a valid question. With devices piling up on our desks and being delivered week in and week out, most of us are prone to changing phones more than … just about anyone else. We guess you could say it comes with the territory.
So what phones are we carrying? What do we have in our pockets … now? Answering the question definitively is futile, as most of us will be using different phones in a week, tomorrow, or by the time we publish this piece.
Alas, we are here to serve and these are the devices in our pockets now.
These days I am sporting a Lumia 920 as my daily driver. I used to also carry a Wi-Fi only GSIII, but I haven’t done that in a while. While it’s not in my pocket, I still consider it relevant that I carry a webOS booted Touchpad in my bag. Sadly, that pretty much sums up my exciting mobile tech life.
In an alternate universe, I have a Lumia 1020 on AT&T, a wood-customized HTC One on Verizon, and a Nexus 7 in my bag. But in that universe I also live on a deserted tropical island with Wi-Fi.
I’m currently carrying the T-Mobile Nokia Lumia 925 with a black wireless charging shell, but sometimes I switch it for a yellow or red wireless charging shell. The shell is important for increasing the thickness so that the phone is easier to hold because otherwise it’s way too slippery. Of course, I also have wireless charging areas throughout the house and office so whenever I set the phone down, it’s charging. I’m also carrying a yellow AT&T Nokia Lumia 1020 for all of the photography needs. Other than that, I’ve also got a ring of keys, Blistex and a wallet packed full of $100 bills.
I’m really torn: I have to admit I love the Nokia Lumia 925. At the same time I have to admit that Windows Phone keeps disappointing me every time I try to use it as my daily driver. And I’ve tried so many times, I just never learn. So one of my phones is the Lumia 925. The other one is either the HTC One or the Samsung Galaxy S 4 (octa-core version), depending on how much charge each one has left in it. There’s really no other reason. Things definitely change when I predict some picture-taking action: that’s when the 808 PureView replaces one of the two phones. I always carry two phones.
Things change a bit when I’m traveling for work (IFA, MWC, or another event). That’s when the Note II gets out of the drawer (if possible, with its 6,400mAh extended battery), and the 11,000mAh juice pack gets dusted off. Of course, the second phone is always the 808, because, while abroad, I want to capture some memories. Where does the iPhone 5 fit in? As much as I like Android, I find iOS (and the iPhone 5) to be the most reliable combination for me, when I really feel I need to rely 100% on my phone (that includes hanging on to signal, apps not crashing, things just, working…).
Oddly, I found myself no longer carrying tablets. I find no use for them, so I’m that much lighter every day (or when traveling).
I’m using the iPhone 5 because I just had a baby and I need a device that takes decent pictures, all while doing everything else well. My HTC One is in the drawer because the photo quality is just not good enough; the color saturation is just too lacking. I’d love to use the Lumia 1020 to capture these important moments with my baby, but the phone is unusable because a handful of key apps I use don’t exist for the platform.
I’m a two-phone type of guy, mainly because the voice benefits of one carrier in my country aren’t as good as the other, and the data speeds of that other carrier are better than the first. As a result, the two phones I carry around the most are the iPhone 5 and a Galaxy Note II. My use of the iPhone 5 is mainly fitness-based. I just haven’t found a phone that’s more reliable in that sense, even when using iOS 7 beta. It only took the Nike+ Running app one crash on the Xperia ZL after a 6 mile run, and for all that information to get lost, for me to prefer iOS. On the other hand, I’ll admit that the phone I use most for phone calls, email, browsing the web and just about everything else is the Galaxy Note II. Yes, this comes from the guy that said he hated jumbo phones, even while having bigger-than-average hands. I still do hate big phones, and this one tops the list, but the added battery life, the multi-window support, and its performance make it the beast that I prefer for some true hard-work on the go. The S Pen is one of those things I rarely use, but that I appreciate having every now and then. The great thing about carrying the biggest phone in the market, and one of the smallest ones, is that the small phone is barely noticeable anyways, so I find this combo perfect for my needs.
Most of you know me. I’m a technophile and an Android guy. I carry my Nexus 4 with me almost everywhere I go. I don’t look at it as much as I used to thanks to my Pebble smart watch. I know, that’s not really in my pocket, but when I wear it, I don’t have to reach into my pocket as much. If I’m going to be away from a desk or outside the car for any length of time I generally carry my Anker 10,000 mAh battery along with me. As far as technology goes, that’s about it.
Outside of personal electronics, I carry my wallet, a pocketknife, lip balm, eye drops, fountain pen, keys, a flashlight, and a Square reader with me anywhere I go.
“Captain2Phones.” It’s not just a twitter handle, folks – it’s a way of life.
Even before Pocketnow, when I was a newly-minted voiceover artist struggling to sound authoritative recording books-on-tape for law students, I carried two mobile devices. In 2008, that meant I had one (generally fragile) smartphone for advanced tasks, and one (generally rugged) dumbphone for voice calls. Dual-wielding meant I could use each device to its particular advantage, minimizing the compromise that came with taking calls on an HTC Mogul, or trying to browse the web on a Motorola Renegade.
Today, the two-phones lifestyle is more easily justified by my day job as Pocketnow’s most verbose reviewer, but the fact is I’d still do it even if I weren’t in the industry. That’s because my current setup -a Nokia Lumia 1020 as my personal daily driver paired with a mixed assortment of personal and loaner Android phones- still serves an important purpose. With the Lumia, I can snap all the beautiful photos I want while enjoying the Modern UI I prefer (and the notoriety of carrying around “that yellow phone from the commercials”), but if I need to hop over to Android for an app that hasn’t yet made its way to Windows Phone, I can do that. Android also offers the close integration with Google’s services I need to do my job, which is another plus. And thanks to my current Android phone of choice being the customized Moto X we showed you yesterday, I’m not sacrificing much pocket space to do it.
Could I live with carrying a single mobile phone in my day-to-day life, as much of the civilized world manages on a daily basis? Sure. But dual-toting Windows Phone alongside Android gives me the best mix of features and utility, the best combination of work and play. If I could dual-boot on a handset, I would – but for now, the Moto X and the Lumia 1020 serve me quite nicely.
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Despite how many dozens and dozens of phones I write about on a regular basis, I really don’t get much variety to the devices I carry around – I find what I like and stick with it. For me right now, that means a stock Nexus 4 as my daily driver. Only problem is that it’s on T-Mobile, which means that the reception is just god-awful. As a backup, I often carry a little voice-only Nokia handset operating on Verizon – a 2366i – just so I’m not totally cut off when T-Mobile fails.
Beyond those two, if I have a large enough bag, I’ll also carry along a second-gen Kindle, since I hate reading e-books on LCD/OLED displays. And though it’s far a cry from a smartphone, the experimental web browser and 3G Whispernet connection work to get me online in a pinch.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been on a mission. Tony said it. I’ve said it. We all know it. There is no such thing as a perfect phone. There may never be. However, there are plenty of devices that come very close, and I think I’ve found the closest thing to the perfect device combination for me.
I’ve been mostly bored with iOS for the last year. The iPhone 5 was nice, but iOS is in dire need of some improvements – painting pretty colors over practically the same software ain’t going to cut it. Android, of course, is a staple in my lineup. I rely on too many Google services to step away from Android at the moment. And I’ve been skeptical of Windows Phone since its launch.
As many of you know, I picked up a Lumia 1020 for my personal AT&T line on launch day no-contract, curious to see if I could actually get used to Windows Phone. Long story short, the camera was more than enough to sway me, and I’m getting along just fine with the software. And last week, I was able to order a custom Moto X, which arrived on Monday, also for AT&T. Paying for T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon, I had to figure something out. After just a few minutes with the Moto X, it hit me. Unlock the Lumia 1020 and use it on T-Mobile. I had it unlocked in about an hour, popped the T-Mobile SIM in expecting HSPA+, but I got something even better. LTE. I’m not sure when T-Mobile flipped the switch for LTE in Charlotte, but I now have what is essentially my dream setup … for now: a custom Moto X on AT&T and an unlocked Lumia 1020 on unlimited T-Mobile LTE.
Okay, it’s not perfect. I’d like to swap them and put the Moto X on T-Mobile and Lumia 1020 back on AT&T, since I do the brunt of my streaming through my Android phone. But I’m not complaining … at all. And since Joe got technical (go figure), I will, too. Every morning I also throw a Gerber 06 FAST Tanto Combo pocketknife, a set of keys with a couple SIM removal keys and a tiny multitool, my car key, and an ultra thin card holder into my pockets.
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So now it’s your turn, readers. Are you carrying one phone, a tablet, or a combination of devices? Tells us what you’re carrying in your pockets below!