What’s in Your Pocket?

What phone, that is.

At one time a Blackberry was the de facto standard for lawyers. (For the record, I have used various types of portable device over the years, but never a Blackberry. I’m now using an Android phone. I have an iPad as well, which you couldn’t pry away from me, but when it dies I won’t replace it with another iPad.) Lawyers in our firm who use a Blackberry are dwindling in number. Our IT department tells me that Android phones are becoming more popular. Even some iPhone users have switched to Android.

For some reason, Windows phones have not been popular. They are a good product, and work very well with a Windows based workplace, but so far just have not been able to gain a foothold either at our firm, or in the marketplace in general.


  1. What’s the reason for preferring Android over iOS, David?

  2. iOS is too rigid and controlling. Android is more flexible and often simpler to use. For example, file transfer on Android is a simple drag and drop – iOS requires either a third party app, or to suffer through iTunes.

  3. I have the impression that Apple controls acceptable content much more than Android too.

    I am still a fan of a usable keyboard, though. I need that more than I need a big (by comparison) screen for my browser, on my phone.

  4. I tried using Windows Phone thinking that it would be perfect in our windows environment. It was an awful experience trying to sync with our Exchange server, which I never succeeded in doing. I even had our tech people look at it. I exchanged the phone for a HTC and it synced with our server first try.

  5. Just saw that Boeing has unveiled a smartphone called “Black” meant to be a secure phone for use only by US government agencies. It uses Android. http://www.eweek.com/mobile/slideshows/boeings-secure-black-smartphone-10-cool-features-we-all-might-want.html?kc=EWWHNEMNL03052014STR1&dni=109561339&rni=21951369

  6. As one of the comments to this article says, if the phone is available just to security services, aren’t you labelling yourself as a kind of spy just by using it in public?

    And why does the illustration of concentric rings of security for the phone have a Russian doll in the middle? How secure is this?