iPhone: toy or business tool?

Okay. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. There are lots of good excuses. Like a ton of client work, following up new business opportunities, getting started with several new clients and keeping the business running smoothly. One other excuse is the iPhone. I finally got one last autumn and to be honest, it’s been taking up a lot of my spare time.

Not that it is hard to use. It’s more about all the ways you can use it, the thousands of applications that make using the iPhone so much fun. I’ve pretty much stopped using that horrid PC that I have at home unless I absolutely need to print something out or scan a document and email along to someone. I find myself taking the PowerBook G4 home less and less. Only if I have a pressing assignment and I need to use Word.

Like everyone else, it’s been kind of like “how did I ever live without it?” I have access to my different email accounts whenever I want them. I can listen to my favorite music or my own personal Internet radio when I’m riding the train to and from work. I can Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and check Facebook when ever it is convenient. Watch the stock market and check the weather forecast. I can play slots, horse racing, hangman and solitaire to my hearts content (and not lose a dime.) Lately it’s getting to know how to use Foursquare and Yelp to find local services no matter where I am.

It’s so much fun to use, it doesn’t seem like a business tool. Even though that’s really why I got it in the first place. And contrary to public opinion, I find my AT&T service to be great. Other than in the basement of a parking garage, my reception is exemplary. It’s a great toy (‘er business tool) to take on the road. Indispensible I might add.

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