A creative solution for some people could be to replace the BlackBerry with a Chromebook! No, I have not gone crazy. Hear me out on this:
Let's say your primary phone is a
Galaxy S4, which in my opinion is the first all-touchscreen smartphone with a good keyboard. You can respond to emails with a sentence or two on that one.
For longer emails, a laptop didn't use to be an option. It took a minute or more to boot up, and then you needed to connect it to WiFi. For swift action, it was a non-starter.
Now, however, Google's Chromebooks have changed this equation. You can carry a 2.4 lbs Chromebook, and you can have a Chromebook with integrated cellular data connectivity. You fire it up in 10 seconds or less, and then you're connected without any time-consuming bureaucracy.
So you now have an awesome laptop, up and running -- including connected positively everywhere -- almost instantly. In an unexpected way, it has replaced much of my BlackBerry needs. Google needs to advertise this!
It's a shame that the new BlackBerry Q10, which has so many great things going for it, misses some of the necessary basics -- at least in my testing. Why doesn't BlackBerry make an Android version of this wonderful hardware?
At the time of publication the author was long GOOG and AAPL, and short MSFT.
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