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June 29, 2009

Tech Torture with Topher: Bye-bye smartphone

Posted: 02:55 PM ET

Welcome back everyone to a new Tech Torture with Topher.

First off, thanks to everyone who made the last TTWT such a hit. Because of you all, we get to do a new one this week. The torture topic? My smartphone.

Let me explain. Like many of you, I have a company-issued phone through which my bosses and co-workers often contact me. I have it with me all the time and believe I couldn't do my job without it.

But is that really true? We're about to find out. I'm giving up my CNN-issued iPhone for the week and will try to get by instead on an old phone with no Web, e-mail or even texting capability. How will this impact my day? Will I e-mail more or less? Will I spend more time at my desk?

What impact, if any, will it have on Twitter, Facebook and AIM - which I use not just for personal reasons but to keep in contact with other people who work in the same field?

I'm sure some of you will be wondering what the big deal is. You don’t have an iPhone or a BlackBerry and you get along just great in your day-to-day life. But in the past month I've heard from a lot of people who say they couldn't do their job without their smartphones. So it's not just me.

OK, here we go. I'll post daily updates throughout the week. In the meantime, hop over on to Twitter or leave a comment below. And check back in tomorrow to see how I'm doing.

Other post in this series:

Tech Torture with Topher: Bye-bye smartphone
Tech Torture with Topher: I want my smartphone back!!
Tech Torture with Topher: I want my Phone Back
Tech Torture with Topher: My Phone's Back and all's Right With the World

Editor’s note: Topher Kohan is the search engine optimization (SEO) coordinator for, a tech dork, a “Star Wars” aficionado and an all-around good guy. (No, really, he is — just ask him.)

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Asgod   June 30th, 2009 1:30 pm ET

Good luck! But it's gonna be hard for you to get updated unless you check with your laptop every now and then.

Ralph   August 13th, 2009 1:24 pm ET

But can Topher do without an operating system for his PC???
I'd like to see him try that! If you want my take on the new Microsoft OS release check out "Windows 7: Top Ten Reasons You WANT It at

chris   August 18th, 2009 10:37 am ET

Battery savings,

How best to set up the Blackberry and Notebook, should you suddenly realise at the airport that you have forgotten your BlackBerry charger and notebook charger at the office.

How many days could you (with interupted turning on and off the notebook and phone) be able to do basic work you want if you concentrated it in short bursts.

Benjamin   September 8th, 2009 9:43 am ET

MS Windows Mobile
So MS is joining the parade and getting out its own phone – complete with Windows Mobile 6.5.
But could they not pay the design group NOT to copy the iPhone?
I guess it was too much to ask.
Wake up MS and put on that thinking cap.
– Disappointed Techie

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