Waiting in line is the perfect time to use the Motorola Q to check e-mail and news and reclaim this otherwise unproductive time. Today however, this wasn’t possible because the line was the customer service line at the Verizon store, and the purpose was to exchange the Motorola Q battery (which was empty and which seems to run low as soon as I unplug the device).
Waiting is line is also a good reminder for why smartphones can be “superior” to laptops and notebooks (in these situations where it would be very difficult to open a laptop or a notebook and work on it--without running the risk of dropping it, potentially bumping into other people, and looking ridiculous!). I remember an incident from last year where I was in line boarding a plane when I got an urgent e-mail message on my smartphone regarding the presentation that I was about to deliver upon my arrival. With just a few clicks, I sent the necessary information, and all was good.
Another thing you could do when waiting in line, and unable to use a laptop, is to record a voice memo to capture ideas and to-do’s on the spot and handle them later. This is a feature that the Motorola Q has. I will be reporting on it tomorrow when the Motorola Q new battery is fully charged, and the device back in business.
Today’s lack of battery power made me also realize how much I depend on my smartphone to stay connected and to handle issues throughout the day instead of having them accumulate until I get back to the office. Today I made more use of my “business journal” which is a paper journal and one of my most important time management tools.
Luckily, and aside from the Verizon store trip, today was mostly an office day. The customer service rep informed me that the new battery (which was to replace what seems to be a defective battery) needs to charge overnight because this is the first full charge, and that from there on, it should only take 2 to 3 hours to fully charge it. Tomorrow we will be fully “charged” for what will hopefully be a productive day with the Motorola Q, which aside from the defective battery, is proving so far to be an elegant, easy, and capable device.