How Many Devices Do You Use?



  • Just wondering how many devices you use on a regular basis. I've got a smartphone, Surface Pro 2 and a desktop (home). My desktop is mainly my file server with storage glaore via internal, external and a few NAS units. Got to protect my digital media.

    My work allowed me to pre order a Surface Pro 3 and I am pretty excited about that. Will be passing down the SP2 to another employee. I always thought the SP2 was a great device but the SP3 looks pretty amazing and perhaps my full time machine.

    I've been making an effort to simplify my digital life and degadget some. I got to play with a Dell Venue 8 Pro for about a week and I must say, there is a place for an 8" tablet. But with the SP3 coming and happy with my smartphone for quick and easy productivity issues, just can't see getting myself a Venue 8 Pro (even if the 64GB is on sale now for $100 off.)

    Just curious about what everyone uses and if anyone has felt a need to downsize some with all their gadgets.



  • I just have 2 devices at home. A Nexus 4 and a Lenovo Thinkpad T60P. At work it's a plain ol' desktop (Optiplex 3010). I also have a 9" Lenovo tablet, but that's primarily my daughter's device.



  • Way too many....

    • bedroom office desktop (dual screens)
    • basement office desktop (dual screens)
    • office desktop (dual screens)
    • ultrabook for traveling
    • full size laptop for special tasks
    • iPad 2 with wireless
    • iPad 2 that I leave in office
    • Nexus 7
    • iPhone 5s
    • Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone
    • Blackberry Bold
    • iPod Touch

    It's a bit silly. Plus my kids have iPads each. Dominica has her own computer. My eldest daughter has a ChromeBook that I use sometimes.



  • Unlike someone I know cough @Minion-Queen cough, I HATE having 20 different devices. I bought a REALLY nice laptop because I don't want a laptop AND a desktop. I hate not knowing which computer a certain file may be on or why what works on one doesn't on the other, only to realize that the special configuration I did on one I hadn't done on the other.

    As far as mobile, I have my phone, a Galaxy S4. I used to have a tablet but, honestly, if I had one now, it'd be rarely utilized. Plane rides for videos mostly. My phone does it all and it fits in my pocket. The S4 is the right size, although I'd entertain trying a Note sometime.

    But no, I have travel and convenience in my phone, and I have travel and power in my laptop. That's all I need. Now if you want to talk accessories, that's where I go crazy...LOL



  • I am one of those people that having a device for the sake of having it has no appeal to me. I would have been happy with my S3 for a long time. I switched carriers for work and ported my number over from Verizon to T-Mobile. I had a Windows 8 phone for awhile...I won't talk about that dark, dark part of my mobile life...now I'm back on Verizon, on my own plan, with an S4. It works for me. I will NEVER go iPhone. EVER! Some have tried, threatened and many boasted. I just look at them and ask why Apple, with their latest iOS renditions, are boasting features Google has had since the Froyo and Gingerbread days. (Thats 2.2 and 2.4 for non-Android people) Android is rock solid, more flexible, it works, and has the dominant part of the market share, and is growing. Oh, and while I forget what the exact feature was, the next version of iOS slated to be released is basically ripping off Google again...I'm beginning to see a pattern here...

    Anyways, rant over, I have my phone for mobile and my laptop for home. The laptop can travel so I can do everything I need everywhere. I have a computer at work I do work stuff with, mostly.

    All that said, my setup in its prime...I just need to replace the top-left screen.

    My setup



  • Oh, and the deskphone is gone. Otherwise, that's how it is. The desktop wallpapers changed though. They are now V for Vendetta themed. 😃



  • @ajstringham said:

    I am one of those people that having a device for the sake of having it has no appeal to me. I would have been happy with my S3 for a long time. I switched carriers for work and ported my number over from Verizon to T-Mobile. I had a Windows 8 phone for awhile...I won't talk about that dark, dark part of my mobile life...now I'm back on Verizon, on my own plan, with an S4. It works for me. I will NEVER go iPhone. EVER! Some have tried, threatened and many boasted. I just look at them and ask why Apple, with their latest iOS renditions, are boasting features Google has had since the Froyo and Gingerbread days. (Thats 2.2 and 2.4 for non-Android people) Android is rock solid, more flexible, it works, and has the dominant part of the market share, and is growing. Oh, and while I forget what the exact feature was, the next version of iOS slated to be released is basically ripping off Google again...I'm beginning to see a pattern here...

    Anyways, rant over, I have my phone for mobile and my laptop for home. The laptop can travel so I can do everything I need everywhere. I have a computer at work I do work stuff with, mostly.

    All that said, my setup in its prime...I just need to replace the top-left screen.

    My setup

    WHOA!?



  • @Pol What, does this surprise you?



  • @Pol The handwriting has been on the wall. Google is just flat out good at what they do, and they have the resources to get #### done. Plain and simple.



  • @ajstringham said:

    @Pol What, does this surprise you?

    I was browsing and I thought all the characters are aiming at me haha!



  • @ajstringham The upper left monitor, is that Metro Last Night?



  • @Pol said:

    @ajstringham The upper left monitor, is that Metro Last Night?

    Deus Ex: Human Revolution



  • @ajstringham Oh OK! They look similar though.



  • @Pol said:

    @ajstringham Oh OK! They look similar though.

    I wouldn't know.



  • I don't have too many

    • Work PC with dual monitors (Windows 8.1)
    • Home PC with dual monitors (Windows 7)
    • Nokia Lumia 620 (personal)
    • Asus Transformer Prime (Android Tablet)
    • Asus eeePC (WinXP replaced with Ubuntu ages ago, not used much)

    @ajstringham lol, as much as I like WP8, it must be noted that like iOS, WP is not for everyone. For a start, there are too many features missing.
    Updates are coming BUT you should NEVER buy a phone on the promise of an update/upgrade.
    I went from an HTC Desire (Android 2.2) to the Lumia 620 and after the initial ecosystem adjustment, I found that I really like my Lumia. While I still like Android, I find that anything that isn't landfill grade is ridiculously expensive (in AUD).
    For what I need and want, I made the right choice and it sounds like you did too.



  • @nadnerB Yeah, honestly, most any phone in the Android 2.x generation phones was not very good. Android was still young and not nearly as stable as it needed to be. (Froyo was HORRIBLE too) Honeycomb or 3.0 was where true stability was first seen. Now we're at 4.4 and wow, rock solid. I couldn't be happier with mine.

    Also, yeah, WP8 is quite lacking in the app market and in the general interface. I couldn't stand it, but, then again, I'm very biased to the feel of Android. The single biggest reason I couldn't go to iPhone? It's the "one button to rule them all" mentality. I like having three. That's really the only thing that made my Nokia tolerable...but it was a bad mix between Android and iOS. YMMV



  • @ajstringham said:

    @nadnerB The single biggest reason I couldn't go to iPhone? It's the "one button to rule them all" mentality. I like having three.

    Did they not see LOTR "The Return of the King"? It didn't work out so well for the "One Ring". What makes them think that moulding it into a button will be any better?



  • @ajstringham said:

    I am one of those people that having a device for the sake of having it has no appeal to me. I would have been happy with my S3 for a long time. I switched carriers for work and ported my number over from Verizon to T-Mobile. I had a Windows 8 phone for awhile...I won't talk about that dark, dark part of my mobile life...now I'm back on Verizon, on my own plan, with an S4. It works for me. I will NEVER go iPhone. EVER! Some have tried, threatened and many boasted. I just look at them and ask why Apple, with their latest iOS renditions, are boasting features Google has had since the Froyo and Gingerbread days. (Thats 2.2 and 2.4 for non-Android people) Android is rock solid, more flexible, it works, and has the dominant part of the market share, and is growing. Oh, and while I forget what the exact feature was, the next version of iOS slated to be released is basically ripping off Google again...I'm beginning to see a pattern here...

    Anyways, rant over, I have my phone for mobile and my laptop for home. The laptop can travel so I can do everything I need everywhere. I have a computer at work I do work stuff with, mostly.

    All that said, my setup in its prime...I just need to replace the top-left screen.

    My setup

    No Surprised A.J. Loves Wall paper hehe



  • 4 Devices that I use regularly .One being my Dell Dell Precision desktop at work. I ❤ it



  • I have a desktop - that is both my work and personal machine.
    A MacBook Pro- this is used for travel and onsite work
    A Surface Pro2 - that was given to me
    A Ipad mini - that was given to me that I love and use a ton
    IPhone 5s -

    The desktop gets the most use but when I am traveling the MacBook gets heavy use.

    Now can I say I LOVE my vendors? They give me the coolest stuff. My Ipad mini is used a ton so I can walk away from my desk and still keep working while making lunch etc and for reading any training books. It also has 4G on it so I can work in the car etc. and never miss a beat. The surface pro2 is awesome for working in the car, I have a hotspot so that keeps me connected as well. I love the real keyboard and the being able to take hand written notes. I haven't really traveled in a couple months so I have yet to really put it through it's paces, but so far I am happy with it.

    My phone is my life it goes everywhere and keeps me in the loop. But I HATE typing too much on it, but that is where the Ipad and Surface come in.



  • I have my desktop and an iPad Mini.



  • @Minion-Queen I'm not sure what the benefit is to having hand-written notes unless someone else is hand-writing them for you. I've seen your writing.



  • As I mentioned, I was quite surprised how much I used the 8" Dell Venue Pro 8 even having a super nice Surface Pro 2. It was a lot more productive that I thought it would be.



  • I tested out the Dell Venue and found it slow and clunky. I ended up falling back to my Ipad mini for everything.



  • Ultrabook at home, desktop at work, iPad when my daughter hasn't stolen it to watch Power Rangers on Netflix, iPhone, iPod connected to the hi-fi and running Spotify and Amazon Cloud Player.



  • @Minion-Queen said:

    I tested out the Dell Venue and found it slow and clunky. I ended up falling back to my Ipad mini for everything.

    My director of HR has the Venue Pro and it is riddled with issues. So many bugs that Dell has yet to figure out so we are going to switch her to the surface 3 when it comes out.



  • @david.wiese said:

    @Minion-Queen said:

    I tested out the Dell Venue and found it slow and clunky. I ended up falling back to my Ipad mini for everything.

    My director of HR has the Venue Pro and it is riddled with issues. So many bugs that Dell has yet to figure out so we are going to switch her to the surface 3 when it comes out.

    I can honestly say that I've had issues with "Modern" apps not wanting to go beyond the splash screen. A reboot (sometimes 2-3) takes care of that. I had it blue screen on me when going into the camera app and rotating it before the splash screen was done. So, I can say I've encountered issues as well. I sent my demo copy back and still am considering getting the 64GB model but with my Surface Pro 3 here next week, I can wait. Sure, the 8" size is good for reading but I'd rather have less devices. 🙂



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    iPhone, iPad, gaming computer, iMac, work laptop, ps vita



  • @garak0410 said:

    @david.wiese said:

    @Minion-Queen said:

    I tested out the Dell Venue and found it slow and clunky. I ended up falling back to my Ipad mini for everything.

    My director of HR has the Venue Pro and it is riddled with issues. So many bugs that Dell has yet to figure out so we are going to switch her to the surface 3 when it comes out.

    I can honestly say that I've had issues with "Modern" apps not wanting to go beyond the splash screen. A reboot (sometimes 2-3) takes care of that. I had it blue screen on me when going into the camera app and rotating it before the splash screen was done. So, I can say I've encountered issues as well. I sent my demo copy back and still am considering getting the 64GB model but with my Surface Pro 3 here next week, I can wait. Sure, the 8" size is good for reading but I'd rather have less devices. 🙂

    I haven't had issues with the apps not working, mine is with the tablet not recognizing wifi, the dock not recognizing any external monitors, the keyboard attachment won't show the cursor half of the time. Not sure what is happening but this thing is going back



  • I'm hoping to be on the iPad Mini 3 when it releases, probably this fall.


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