Upward mobility [JUNE 2012 PRINT EDITION]

These days, the word “office” refers to the tasks you can perform as much as it defines where you work

July 3, 2012
by By Michael Power

Today’s employee is more mobile than ever. A typical office worker is just as likely to be working from home, a hotel, conference centre or airplane as they are at a traditional desk. Whether it’s email, making a call, printing or other functions, this new level of mobility means those employees need the right technology. Here are some of the mobile office solutions available.

Get smart
Motorola recently announced the release of the RAZR. Running on Android 2.3 technology, this smartphone has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Motorola said the device also features a 4.3inch Super AMOLED Advanced display, durable Kevlar fibre and Corning Gorilla Glass screen with splash-guard coating. The Motorola MotoCast app gives the user the ability to stream or download content from a PC straight to the device.

As well, Virgin Mobile and Samsung Canada are releasing the Samsung Galaxy S III this summer. Samsung said the Galaxy S III combines innovative smartphone design and heightened intelligence to make everyday life easier. With enhanced interaction between device and user, the Galaxy S III allows users to share and experience smartphone benefits regardless of location.

Mobile printing
The HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One is, according to HP, the world’s first inkjet mobile all-in-one. The company said the printer is suitable for mobile professionals who need a compact device that can print, scan and copy on the go. The product features built-in Bluetooth for printing from select mobile devices, including Windows Mobile and Blackberry smartphones. Users can manage print, scan and copy tasks from the 2.36-inch color touchscreen as well as scan to PC, e-mail, USB drive or memory card and convert documents into PDFs and JPEGs. As well, the lithium-ion battery allows users to print up to 500 pages on a full charge.

Free with the purchase of an HP Officejet is HP ePrint. This is a mobile printing feature that allows employees to e-mail documents or photos to print directly to an enabled printer using a smartphone, notebook or other device with e-mail capabilities. The feature works by attaching a document to an email and sending it to the printer’s personalized email address through the cloud to be printed.

Something a bit bigger?
For those who need a larger size laptop, HP offers its HP Folio 13. The company said the laptop is still very portable, weighing 3.3 pounds and less than 18mm thick—a suitable choice for business users on the go. With more than nine hours of battery life, the HP Folio 13 will last through the entire work day on one charge. As well, the product features HP CoolSense Technology, which keeps the surface at a suitable temperature, whether working from a desk or on the road.

Engineered to withstand drops, spills, dust and dirt, rugged computers are designed to perform in harsh environments and withstand rough handling. Field workers who need added durability can check out the Panasonic TOUGHBOOK F9 ultra-thin PC with widescreen LCD. The mobile device uses Genuine Windows 7 Professional and features a magnesium alloy LCD case—20 times stronger than ABS plastic—that protects the display and components from shock.

At 1.62kg, the PC is lightweight and portable with a compact battery powered for up to seven hours. The TOUGHBOOK F9 uses an Intel Core i5-520M processor with vPro technology (2.4GHz) and a 320GB hard drive. The device has a 14.1inch widescreen 1440 x 900 WXGA TFT active matrix colour LCD, as well as an integrated carrying handle.