What’s your every day carry? 2016

I’ve always been a fan of these kinds of posts so every couple of years I do an update of what I keep in my work bag and what I have as my every day carry:

Every Day Carry

All-Ett Wallet

I’ve been using the same All-Ett leather sports wallet for just over four years now and I still love how small it is. I would definitely recommend this kind of wallet to someone who’s looking for something minimal.

I usually carry between four and six cards, some folded money, and any receipts or note cards I have recently collected.

The thought of replacing it has crossed my mind… not because it is in any way defective, but because I think I’d like to get a wallet which blocks radio signals passing through. This would block the contactless card inside from being used unless it is removed from the wallet.

Of course, All-Ett do a version which is just like the one I have with the addition of this blocking technology. I’ll probably get one of these next time I feel like I need an upgrade.

Windows Mobile

I’ve used Windows mobile phones for over a decade now, and I still feel most productive when I have a Windows device on me at all times.

I got the Lumia 950 XL a year ago and it’s still one of the best Windows phones on the market. Yes, I know that for many people the platform isn’t moving fast enough for them, but I don’t currently have any interest in switching – most of the apps I want are already here.

The top uses for my phone are productivity (Outlook, OneNote, Wunderlist), communication (Slack, Skype, Messenger), and entertainment (Groove, Audible, Pocket Casts). It has 200 GB SD card loaded up with tonnes of music and offline maps for use while driving. It’s also the the camera I use the most, and I have it synchronised with OneDrive so that everything goes up into the cloud.

One of the biggest complaints about the Lumia 950 XL was that it isn’t particularly eye-catching. I tend to agree, and the standard plastic back was quickly replaced with a premium cover by Mozo. I find it makes the phone feel significantly nicer in the hand, and the real leather on the back gives the phone a warm feeling and a nice grip.

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As well as the Mozo cover, I also use a leather sleeve from FitBag. I mostly use this when I’m travelling or putting my phone in my bag or my jacket pocket. It protects the screen complements my leather wallet really well. I have actually found that putting the phone in the sleeve makes me less likely to check it for no real reason – when in meetings, for example.

Overall I’m happy with the Lumia 950 XL for now, and I hope it’ll keep me going until Microsoft builds an ultra-portable Surface which includes ink support.

Microsoft Band

Since my last every day carry post there have been two versions of Microsoft Band, and I’m currently using the Band 2. The old Fitbit got me started with health tracking, but having a device on my wrist is much better.

I really like the Microsoft Band, but it’s possible that this might be the last version of it. Rumours are that the Band 3 has been cancelled and there’s no replacement coming. I have a spare Band 2 to keep me going for now, and I’m just going to hope that there is a Windows-power wearable device in the works.

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KeySmart & Car Key

And last of all… keys. Everyone has to have some keys in their every day carry.

I got a KeySmart in June last year when I moved and had the opportunity to reduce the number of keys I have to carry around. I’ve dropped it a couple of times since and they’ve been just fine – and I’ve never had them come apart in my pocket or anything like that.

I love how they don’t jingle and move around when I run, but the lack of jingle also means I often double-double check I have them with me! As before, I keep them separated from my car key.

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Microsoft Wireless Charging Plate

One of the benefits of having a Lumia 950 XL is that it works with the Qi wireless charging standard (pronounced CHEE).

I’ve had a couple of Qi chargers before; the DT-900 wireless charging plate, and the DC-50 wireless battery. I used both of these with my Lumia 920, but I had to stop using them when the phone died and my replacement didn’t support Qi.

The latest wireless charging plate is the DT-904 which has been enhanced with a few extra features, including a sleeker and larger design, and a notification light which works over Bluetooth.

As the DT-904 is a better fit for my large phone, I decided to get one to use on my bedside table.

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My old DT-900 was in black, and the DT-903 came in some very bright shades of orange and green. It seems like the DT-904 is only available in white this time.

As everything else on my bedside table is light coloured so the white DT-904 fits in really well for me, but it looks like you are out of luck if you want another colour.

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This is the kind of technology I like. It provides a nice easy way to charge the phone by simply placing it on the plate, rather than worrying about plugging cables in. It even works through the leather sleeve I use to protect the phone.

True, it would be nice to have this kind of thing integrated into the bedside table itself (an option which IKEA now provide) – but I am comfortable with the subtlety of this setup for now.

Wireless Charger Notifications

When it comes to the notification light, I am a little unsure. It’s nice to have the option, but the last thing I want is bright white light next to me when I want to sleep. Thankfully there is an option to set a night mode, so my current setup only has the light turning on in the day.

I’ve tried other setups, but now I only have it notify me when the phone needs to be charged. You can set it for all kinds of notification though, for example it can flash when an email or text message arrives. Cool if you want that kind of thing, but it’s an option I have disabled as I’m generally super careful of how computers can get my attention.

I’m very happy with wireless charging in general, and this charger is the best one I’ve had so far. I look forward to having more devices that can charge in this way.