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Poll: Do you use a smartphone for work-related tasks?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "Do you use a smartphone for work-related tasks?".

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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:41
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Yes Aug 13, 2014

I use a smartphone for accessing e-mail while I'm out and about and, somewhat controversially, for making and receiving phone calls. It gives me the freedom to actually leave my desk occasionally!

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 20:41
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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No Aug 13, 2014

I will give exactly the same answer I gave last year to a very similar quick poll:

When I'm out my calls are redirected to my mobile (a dumbphone) and I always carry with me a very mini laptop to check my emails if I'm away more than 1 hour.

http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/243793-poll_do_you_use_a_smartphone_for_work_related_tasks.html


[Edited at 2014-08-13 08:21 GMT]


 

LilianNekipelov  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:41
Russian to English
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Just to make phone calls, Aug 13, 2014

if that counts, when I am far from a landline.

 

Helen Hagon  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:41
Member (2011)
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No Aug 13, 2014

I don't have a smartphone and I don't plan to get one. I do have a prehistoric mobile phone which only makes and receives calls and texts, so I can be contacted in emergencies. However, I think modern society has forgotten the importance of being able to switch off and be unavailable from time to time.

 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 04:41
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Yes but with limited access only Aug 13, 2014

I access my private yahoo account which I tell a few 'valued' customers for updates on important projects that I must keep tabs on. Hoi polloi or run-of-the-mill customers are not so privileged. icon_biggrin.gif

I also use it for - gasp! - making phone calls as well.


 

M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 20:41
English to Polish
Yes Aug 13, 2014

Mary Worby wrote:

I use a smartphone for accessing e-mail while I'm out and about


Same here. I don't have to be glued to my desk all the time, and still know if anything new came while I'm out.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 21:41
Spanish to English
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No Aug 13, 2014

Somebody gave me one but I don't use it - I prefer my little dumbphone, it only cost 17€ and is good for texting and calling - it doesn't even have a camera. I think smartphones are designed for people with too much spare time on their hands.

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 21:41
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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No Aug 13, 2014

I just have an oldfashioned cell phone to make and receive calls on the road.

I have invested in a mini iPad instead, because I find the screen of a smartphone too small to work with.

[Edited at 2014-08-13 09:38 GMT]


 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Yes Aug 13, 2014

I like to type all my translations on my phone because the keyboard is just the right size and the predictive text saves me loads of time

 

Erzsébet Czopyk  Identity Verified
Hungary
Local time: 21:41
Member (2006)
Russian to Hungarian
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Hmmm... Aug 13, 2014

Helen Hagon wrote:

I don't have a smartphone and I don't plan to get one. I do have a prehistoric mobile phone which only makes and receives calls and texts, so I can be contacted in emergencies. However, I think modern society has forgotten the importance of being able to switch off and be unavailable from time to time.


Dear Helen, yes, it is still important, being able to switch off. But if you have permanent clients and employees, you have a bigger responsibility as usual. I can peacefully turn off my mobile if I would be on a vacation but if I would be unavailable "from time to time", I could close my small office very quickly. I am not a smartphone fan but my smartphone for me is a very useful secretary, supplementing memory, and somebody whom I can always walk hand by hand if I have a fearicon_smile.gif


 

María González, M.A. ForLang
Spain
Local time: 20:41
English to Spanish
Could do without, but... Aug 13, 2014

For the most part, I use my smartphone just to check my work email when out of the office. Sometimes, however, I get some short translation work done on it too, but I'd rather use a device with a much larger screen -- that is, my PC-- for the 'real thing'icon_smile.gif

 

Maxi Schwarz
Local time: 14:41
German to English
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Not everyone has a smart phone Aug 13, 2014

It's that simple.

 

Alberto Montpellier  Identity Verified
English to Spanish
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MODERATOR
All the time... Aug 13, 2014

Due to the fact that here wi-fi networks are somewhat scarce and sometimes unavailable, I have to rely on the data network to check my email whenever I'm about or have to travel.
I also give my mobile phone to clients so they can reach me any time.


 

Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 14:41
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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No Aug 13, 2014

The cell keys are small and useless to translate properly.

 
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