What is the best smartphone to work on when no laptop/tablet is available?
Thread poster: CeciliaKl

CeciliaKl
France
Local time: 22:41
English to French
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Mar 12

I am often on the road and I would like to find a smartphone that I could use to do translating work (on Word or Excel mostly) while travelling, when bringing a laptop would be too inconvenient. I know it is theoretically possible on any smartphone, but it is sometimes very complicated, and I would like to find a convenient solution, if possible even a very practical one! Any clues?

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Enrico C - ECLC  Identity Verified
Taiwan
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Galaxy Note Mar 15

CeciliaKl wrote:

I am often on the road and I would like to find a smartphone that I could use to do translating work (on Word or Excel mostly) while travelling, when bringing a laptop would be too inconvenient. I know it is theoretically possible on any smartphone, but it is sometimes very complicated, and I would like to find a convenient solution, if possible even a very practical one! Any clues?



Although no smartphone is really suitable for translating, I did happen to do short jobs on Galaxy Note devices. Big screen and the possibility to convert pen input into text has been helpful, although far from perfect. Short of that, any device with a big screen (5.7" and up) if you care your eyes. Preferably with a 16:9 display ratio. New phones all have the 18:9 ratio, narrower and longer, not too good for reading or writing. Sony Xperia XZ Premium is one of the last devices left of that type.

[Edited at 2018-03-15 06:02 GMT]


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Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 22:41
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yikes Mar 18

OK, I have sent a quick translation or two of a word or short phrase using my phone when the client has an urgent question and I'm out of the house.

I fail to see how it would be possible to produce quality work on a smartphone when you have anything more than a few words. I mainly work on a laptop, I made sure of getting the widest screen possible to be able to see both source and target texts at the same time without straining my eyes.

Maybe you dictate your work so you only need to see the source?

Once my partner has retired I hope we will be able to travel in warmer climes and I fully intend to keep working, however I don't see that as a reason to dispense with a laptop. Even with my wide screen it really doesn't take up that much room, and my work is important, so it deserves to be performed correctly. I really don't see how you can achieve a decent quality of translation on such a small screen, and I'm pretty sure it could be bad for your health to forego decent working conditions.

[Edited at 2018-03-18 21:42 GMT]


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