There was a time when I struggled to do my work as a freelancer simply because of my data plan. No matter what they claimed, it was always difficult to manage my work with existing alternatives. I was constantly on the move, relying only on my phone for a connection with the outer world. I had to attend Skype meets with my clients, exchange large folders on Dropbox and maintain many digital publications. This is why I found it very difficult to manage it with sub par speeds that also used to get disconnected very often.
That is why I am looking forward to the new Airtel 4G. I think it will be useful for video conferencing, arranging and attending webinars and heavy data exchange. I have in fact missed out on some of these opportunities in the past due to my poor bandwidth. I remember when the Skype call broke down and I lost a client. As a digital nomad or a so called solopreneur, it means to me a lot.
In fact it has been a long cherished dream for me to be a complete digital nomad. This is because wanted to travel more but I never earned or saved enough to leave everything and go backpacking. That is why I had to work even as I traveled. I already do it but only partially. The main problem I face is due to irregular network strength and poor bandwidth. Even when I have 3G connections, in a lot of places I end up with sub par speed, especially when I am out of the metropolises. This is exactly where a new solution was required and I hope this is the change that I was hoping to see.
Basically with the improved bandwidth of 4G I aspire to achieve the following,
Firstly, with better speed real time communication would not be a problem. I can have a Skype chat from my Hotel room in some remote provincial town, without the fear of getting disconnected, or even worse, not even being able to connect.
Part of my work involves photography and videography. I need to send them to my clients on a regular basis but with low speed it is hard to exchange such heavy files. With better speed I can share my work in real time as I go, thus leading to quicker deals and transactions and I do not have to wait for the trip to end to submit my work.
Finally maintaining my online presence is also important for my line of work. Bandwidth issues always make it a nightmare to handle blogs and social networks when I am on the go. I hope 4G will sort out this issue for me.
I am not a fan of extremely expensive smartphones. However, I do aspire to have some of their functionalities for convenience in my kind of work. Until recently, there was hardly anything in the market that would have enabled me to meet by needs without breaking my bank. Thankfully the ongoing price war of high quality smartphones has made a life a bit easier for me. So, I am really looking forward to the Asus Zenfone 2, which promises to take this game to the next level with its premium specs. I am primarily looking at five different aspects that I think will enhance my relationship with the phone.
One of the biggest struggles with the phones in my budget is their look. Those cheap plastic bodies are insufferable while but the classier ones are beyond my reach. However, I loved the old Zenfone with its sleek design although I could never buy it. Now Zenfone 2 comes with the same looks with even more polished contours.
With the unprecedented 4GB RAM, the phone promises to be lightning fast. As I do a lot of surfing combined with photography and instagramming, my phones tend to get slow after some heavy usage. I think this enhanced RAM will also enhance the speed and make it easier for me to multitask without having to wait indefinitely while jumping from one task to another.
Better Viewing Experience:
I am actually snobbish in this regard. I never watched media in my earlier phones. 4 inch was too small for me. But I think the 5.5 size is perfect. It is large enough for comfortable viewing experience and yet not too large to become a nuisance for my pocket.
Working on the Go:
More importantly, I think it will be a great companion for my work. As a freelancer, I aspire to be location independent. Besides, I travel often. But the laptop is too heavy to carry around and the existing phone is not exactly a workhorse. Besides, it is tiresome to really type on small screens but I do not feel like investing extra money on a tablet either. With high processing powers and large screen, I think Zenfone 2 will be the perfect compromise between all formats and will enable me to do what I must do. Also, it seems to have a much larger batter compared to most other phones in the same range. The bigger battery will enable me to work for longer hours.
A Backup Camera:
While I use a DSLR, it is good to have a backup. Generally phone cameras are not up to the mark. But the 13 MP camera of Zenfone 2 with PixelMaster technology should be enough for a lot of occasions and will help me avoid carrying an extra bulky camera.
Once in every few years comes a product that shakes up the entire market. I think Zenfone 2 has the potential of being that one this year.