After getting done with the passport control and baggage reclaim, it was time to figure out the “tube” situation (London's underground train that I am supposed to take to get to my hotel). In just a few minutes, I purchased my ticket, and was on my way towards Olympia where I am attending ad-tech London ( http://www.ad-techlondon.co.uk/ ) and presenting on the topic of Managing the Deluge: Effective Email Inbox Organization.
The T-Mobile MDA in the "tube"
The “tube” ride is yet another great opportunity to make use of the MDA. Knowing that I had a good seat and the train was not to busy, I decided to use the much larger screen (my laptop) and use the MDA to connect my laptop to the Internet. This ended up successfully and soon enoughI was browsing at 200+kbps (EDGE speed). The connection was lost a couple of time as the train went through some tunnels and underground sections, but overall is worked well.
Welcomed by familiar signs and places
I walked out of the train station, and I was welcomed be a KFC on one side and McDonald on the other side.
I looked to see where Starbucks is. I didn’t see one right away but instead I saw someone walking by with a Starbucks cup in their hand. By the way, I wasn’t looking for a hotspot in this case (which would have been the case if the MDA didn’t already take care of that need) but for my soy latte (Starbucks being one of the few places in Europe who serve soy milk). The Starbucks was pretty close, and as you would expect, once you’re in, it looks just like any Starbucks in San Francisco, or anywhere in the world (a friend of mine was once wondering if they ship their furniture from a center location, or if they have a special deal with Ikea).
The MDA accomplished its mission so far
The MDA has done exactly what you would expect a smartphone to do when you’re on the go. That is to keep you connected, especially from locations where other means of getting connected are not easily available, and when you need to get timely updates and communicate back timely responses. In addition, the MDA helped re-capture “waiting” time and turn it into productive time (the highlight being the passport control line which was turned into a productivity time with Word Mobile—see day #43).
And last but not least, the MDA has been helping document the trip including the picture of the Red Lion pub on the left where I went for dinner with a friend.