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Hello from the Conrad Rangali Island

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Hello from the Conrad Rangali Island!

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Just 10 hours separate the United Kingdom — Gatwick Airport, to be precise — and the collection of islands known as the Maldives.

Why am I here?

Well, I do need a break. It’s been a long time since I relaxed. Total relaxation won’t be entirely possible though, as there’s work to be done.

Yes! There’s work to be done. We’ve been given a veritable trove of mobile related equipment to test out, play with and put-through-paces in a ‘remote desert island setting’.

Just how does your everyday common-or-garden equipment manage under desert island conditions? It’s a real concern for me. I don’t say that lightly. I need to be connected. I can’t — very easily — be disconnected from the internet. It’s not a mental thing (I really enjoy switching off), it’s a business thing. My work dictates that I must be within a few hours of a decent internet connection and, so does the work of a lot of people nowadays.

I was keen to explore the feasibility of working remotely — and also seeing what kind of technology you really do need to have with you when you’re remote.

I say ‘remote’ — the Conrad hotel has 100% cell phone access and complimentary wireless internet across the island — but, irrespective, how best do you stay in touch with work? And what do you do when your iPhone’s battery runs out? And what’s the best machine to take with you to a desert island? All this and more, we shall be exploring.

And, er, we’ll be taking a look at the complexities of importing shit hot brilliant technology and the, er, trials and tribulations therein. More on that shortly.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

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