Day 6: A Retreat

Six days in and I’ve already broken, sort of. While I’m still doing quite well at keeping my personal Internet use limited to my Nexus One, I’ve come across a few instances that simply must be done from my computer.

1. Organizing Flickr photos – while the Flickr Mobile site is refreshingly awesome, it’s still limited. There is no option to organize your photos (at least that I have found), which is rather important if I’m going to keep things from getting out of control. Yes, of course, I could simply load the desktop version of the Flickr site up on my phone, but with a 3.7-inch WVGA display, that’s an exercise in frustration. Going forward, I’ll likely use this on my desktop only a few times a week.

2. Keeping track of new Twitter followers – I recently discovered that Tweetdeck has the option to add a column which shows your new Twitter followers. I try to keep up with this, and have found several valuable new contributors to my stream using this method. I haven’t yet found a similar view in any mobile Twitter clients, and when I loaded Tweetdeck up this weekend, I found that I had gained quite a few new followers. Going forward, I might pull this up one or two days a week, to keep my original plan.

3. Blogging – Yes, of course I can blog from my Nexus One, and I intend to force myself to do so at least once or twice per week. However, the onscreen keyboard and limited features of the WordPress for Android client make this incredibly difficult. This is particularly true when I’m wanting to blog about something such as a link from one of my friends, or about something that will be a longer form, such as this. Unfortunately, the WordPress app doesn’t make it easy to add links, especially from multiple sources and such.

All in all, I’ve really been enjoying the time away from my computer. It’s quite refreshing, actually. I am, however, seeing a bigger drain on my phone’s battery (obviously). This is something I expected, but didn’t really consider. Of course, for me, at work at a desk, this isn’t much of a factor.

Do you think you could cut back to only using your phone for the Internet, and not your computer? What limitations do you think you might face?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *