How to choose the right device for better work/life balance

In the digital age, there is no downtime. You need a phone that lets you quickly switch from work to play. The Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 makes this easy. It’s like a PC that fits in your pocket.

You’re sprawled on the couch, binging on the latest season of your favorite show, when your phone pings you back to reality. Then it pings again. And again. There’s only one reason why you’d be getting this many emails at 9:30 p.m. – something has come up at work. You put down the bag of chips and pick up the phone.

We live in the age of the 24/7 job. Raise your hand if you check your work email before you even get out of bed. Have you stepped away from a fancy dinner to take a client call? Typed out a document from the stands at your kid’s soccer game?

The most important tool for today’s working world is not your laptop. It’s your phone. It’s got to be secure, while allowing you to work on any project, at any time, from anywhere. The best phones can even take the place of a PC, allowing you to skip the inconvenience of lugging a laptop or tablet to meetings or business trips.

With the right cables, you can plug a mouse or a keyboard into an Android phone, so you can write a longer document without tiring your thumbs. While the IDOL 4S with Windows 10 from Alcatel allows you to turn most screens into a monitor using the Continuum app. So whether you’re giving a presentation, checking into a hotel room or sitting in your living room, you can use your phone as if it were a laptop.

“You can project, even wirelessly, to any monitor or television – apps and content scale smoothly and display beautifully on the bigger screen,” said Jon Maron, Alcatel’s vice president of marketing and communications. “You can even connect to a mouse and keyboard – or let your phone screen function as your virtual trackpad and keyboard – to use your phone like a PC for getting things done.”

It all comes down to flexibility. According to a 2015 study from WorkplaceTrends.com, 65 percent of employees say their supervisors expect them to be available by phone or email when they’re out of the office. But if employees are constantly available, they want their bosses to reciprocate. Three out of four employees said flexibility was more important than all other benefits, according to the study. And more than 70 percent of employers said that increased flexibility made their employees more productive.

If you’re working from home, a co-working space or a coffee shop, you need to be able to tap into the full range of programs that you would use at the office, making edits and communicating with others in real time. New software and technology makes this easier than ever. Slack has created a smart, attractive platform for workers to chat, and quickly share media. Other apps, such as Wunderlist, help you keep tasks organized and prioritized, and let you share them with coworkers. The IDOL 4S runs Windows 10, providing a full set of top-notch business tools that sync with all your other files, like a PC that fits in your pocket.

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