Updated Jan. 27 at 8:04 pm EST: We had a great time with this Twitter chat. This was one of the most fun discussions yet, centering on what we love about our phones, what we wish they could do, and what our mobile devices may look like in the future. From my end, I’m still hoping for a smart bucket hat – no word of a lie. Thanks again to Andy and Jim, our fantastic guest experts, as well as to everyone else who joined!

When it comes to our smartphones, it’s pretty fair to admit we have something of a love affair with them. We’re constantly checking them, we feel some separation anxiety when we’re apart, and if you’re anything like us, you agonized over your decision to pick the one that was right for you.

This month, we’re holding a Twitter chat on why we love our smartphones, and how we picked the ones we own, given there are so many vendors and makes available in what’s becoming an increasingly crowded market. The chat’s almost an ode to the devices that have changed our lives so dramatically, both in the office and during our down time.

Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 1 p.m. EST to 2 p.m. EST to discuss what makes your smartphone great! We’ll be chatting at the hashtag #ITBsmartphone. 

 

We’re also excited to be joined by two extremely knowledgeable guest experts:

  • Andy Baryer, host and producer at GetConnected Media. As a longtime tech enthusiast, Baryer has spent the past four years appearing on GetConnected, a TV show that airs on BNN and CHEKTV, reaching one million people every month. You can also catch him on the radio with Vancouver’s CKNW, hearing him talk about trends and highlights in tech, as well as sharing reviews on smartphones, tablets, and other consumer devices. Baryer also writes for CNET, and you can find his posts here. Or, find him on Twitter at @AndyBaryer.
  • Jim Love, CIO at IT World Canada. Even though Love is the CIO here at IT World Canada, he still finds the time to write blog posts on just about all things CIO-related – and that includes his smartphone, the tool he uses to get the job done. Most recently, Love wrote about the BlackBerry Classic, sharing his thoughts on what makes that device great – and why he’s not done betting on BlackBerry’s future. He’s on Twitter at @CIOJimLove.

 

For the full list of questions, keep on reading!

Q1. What kind of smartphone do you have, and why did you choose it?

 

Q2. What kind of features do you care about most when choosing a smartphone?

 

Q3. Do you feel you own the best smartphone, or do you suffer smartphone envy? If so, what’s catching your eye?

 

Q4. What are some of your favourite apps?

 

Q5. When was the last time your smartphone saved the day? (e.g. you forgot something, you were lost)

 

Q6. Have you ever switched between operating systems or ecosystems? Why did you do it?

 

Q7. If you could ask for more features or capabilities for your smartphone, what would be on your wishlist?

 

Q8. Smartphones can make it difficult to disconnect from work, even when we’re out of office. How do you unplug?

 

Q9. Have you used any wearables with your smartphone? Where do you think wearables are headed in the future?

 

Q10. Five years from now, what types of mobile devices do you see yourself owning?

Thanks again to everyone who joined. Stay tuned for our next Twitter chat!

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