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People call me crazy and give me all sorts of weird looks when I'm texting or doing something with one phone and I pull out another and start tapping away at it. The truth, though, is that I don't even give it second thought anymore. I can't remember the last time I left my house with only one phone in my pocket or backpack.

I guess part of it is that a lot of my friends and family aren't very tech-savvy. A lot of them still use feature phones. And some of them are just now opening up to the world of iPhones, BlackBerrys and "Droids."

But in the words of Al Sacco of CIO.com, "I'm a two-smartphone man. And I wouldn't have it any other way."

It all started for me when I was working at Best Buy Mobile as a wireless sales consultant. There were a few perks that came with being an associate for a company that sells wireless devices, especially when that company is partnered with three or more wireless providers. One of those perks is being able to play with every new device that comes out, and carrying an armory of phones on you when you're on the sales floor. But there are also concession lines for employees, which make carrying two or more personal work phones entirely too easy.

Back then, I was probably carrying three phones at any given time, whether I was at work or not. And you better believe I loved every minute of it. But let's be honest, three phones is a bit excessive. Two, however, is not. For me, it's perfect.

I've tried cutting back to a single line, and I have no doubt I would like not having to pay for a second line. But it just doesn't seem to work out. I always start wanting to use a different phone and a different operating system.

Al Sacco's reasoning behind carrying two phones is that the two he carries perfectly compliment each other (I've been there, and I totally agree with his sentiments). He carries a BlackBerry Bold 9900 on AT&T and a Motorola DROID 4 on Verizon Wireless. In short, the long battery life, beefy security and awesome keyboard of the Bold offset the shortcomings of the DROID 4. Likewise, the large display, great multimedia experience, blazing fast LTE and great camera more than make up for the areas where the BlackBerry is lacking. He also notes that work pays for his second line, so it's far more justifiable.

I, on the other hand, carry two devices that are quite similar and they are both personal lines – I pay for both. Currently, I carry an iPhone 4S on Verizon and the AT&T Galaxy Note hacked onto T-Mobile. While the size difference between the two is about as far apart as phone sizes can possibly get, the rest is largely the same. Both phones are chock-full of games and apps, both have great cameras and both offer smooth performance and decent battery life. So why carry two? Why not save myself an extra wireless bill every month and the hassle of carrying a second device everywhere I go?

Unlike Sacco, my reasons for carrying two devices don't stem from hardware – it's mainly about the software. If I had to choose (and I'm glad I don't), I would choose Android. Plain and simple. I rely so heavily on Google Apps for work and personal reasons that trying to find iOS alternatives to Google's own software just isn't worth the struggle. Gmail on Android is second to none, and I use Gtalk, Google Voice and Google Docs religiously. Like I said, there are relatively simple ways to get a similar experience on iOS. And I've tried them. It's just not the same.

One key feature of Android that I'm finding harder and harder to live without, though, is bookmark sync in Chrome. All of my bookmarks are synchronized between the stock Android browser and the desktop version of Chrome. Also, using Chrome for Android, I can easily pull up any open tabs I have on my MacBook. And, as I've explained before, I simply like Web browsing on Android better. The tiny display of the iPhone is restricting and requires a lot of panning and zooming when casually browsing the Web. It's much more comfortable to browse on a large device like the Note, or any 4-inch or larger Android phone.

So why carry an iPhone, too? Multimedia and social media.

I still use the Galaxy Note for any type of videos (Netflix, YouTube, etc.). Its 5.3-inch HD display is second to none for that type of stuff. But, as many of you know, I stream music and take pictures like a fiend. The Galaxy Note's camera is good – not great. The level of detail leaves much to be desired and shutter lag is atrocious. The iPhone's camera is fantastic and super quick. But the real difference that, in my opinion, is largely overlooked is multimedia performance. Android devices work just fine for streaming music or playing locally stored music. But from the minute you hit the play button, you can watch your battery life trickle away. The iPhone can stream Spotify or play my downloaded tracks for hours on end without really affecting the battery life too bad. Plus, I can pocket my iPhone with a headset that has play/pause/skip controls and control my flow of music without ever pulling it out of my pocket. I cannot do that with the Note unless I use a Bluetooth headset.

I also have an addiction to social media. I tweet a lot and am constantly checking Facebook, sending pictures to Path and Instagram and playing social games. I like to do all of this from the iPhone, as the applications seem more well-rounded. (Commence the flame war!) Path, for instance, has an application for both Android and iOS. However, when you post a picture to Path from Android, you do not have the option to apply a filter to your picture like you can with the iOS version. TweetBot and Twitter for iOS have solid push notifications. Push notifications on Twitter for Android are laughable at best, though I regularly use the Plume Twitter client. And Instagram hasn't even made its way to Android yet. That said, there is no comparison between Draw Something on the miniature display on the iPhone and using it on the Galaxy Note with the S Pen.

As you can see, every little thing is a trade-off. But I can neither sacrifice such an integrated, synchronized Google Apps experience for a better multimedia or social experience, or the other way around. Both the Galaxy Note and the iPhone – Android and iOS – are perfectly capable of handling all of these tasks alone, I would simply rather have a great experience all-around through carrying two devices over settling with one.

That's not all, though. Carrying two devices, while it's sometimes a bit nerve-wracking (there isn't always enough pocket space or enough hands to carry everything), comes with its own set of benefits. Like I said before, battery life is decent on both the Note and iPhone. Individually, I would struggle to make it through an entire day. If I carried only the iPhone, it would probably die around 7 or 8 PM. If I carried just the Note, it would likely die a couple hours before then. But since I carry both, I use them less and they last all day. Plus, if one were to die, I wouldn't be totally disconnected from the online world. (We all know how scary that is.)

Being on two different carriers (who use different wireless technologies, nonetheless), chances are pretty high that I will always have coverage on at least one line. It's very seldom that I lose coverage on both T-Mobile and Verizon at the same time.

Am I crazy? Probably. Al Sacco definitely has a more justifiable reason for carrying two phones than I do – there's no denying that. But I have found the perfect combination of devices that works best for me, and it's hard to go back to the way it was before. I have an extremely hard time choosing just one platform. By carrying two different operating systems at all times, if a new app or service launches solely on iOS, I can still use it. Likewise, if Google launches a new Android-only app, I can still access it. It's sort of like my own checks and balances system for mobile devices. I never have to go without ... anything.


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lazycollosion
lazycollosion I have 2 phones-X7 and Torch 9860 and I dont have time to use both. My X7 has neglected and just sits at home
Ricky Winata
Ricky Winata maybe for businessman is for numbers availablility but for me it is because the variation of os'
Daniel Aiken
Daniel Aiken I would be satisfied with one, the galaxy nexus. I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR ONE
Hector Alvarado
Hector Alvarado Have the iPhone 4s and love it but I also want that freakin Samsung note so bad! Love it's screen size.
Issam El Kouartey
Issam El Kouartey Yes i do my iphone 4s for the most things. And a blackberry for bbm.
Chris Robato
Chris Robato In the past my GSM and CDMA phones have been different like Nexus S vs. Droid Incredible.
Chris Robato
Chris Robato I carry two devices, currently a Galaxy Nexus GSM and an EVO 3D CDMA. From two different carriers and two different wireless technologies. One reason is for sufficient phone and data coverage. With network saturation it helps. Another is redundancy in case the island suffers another natural disaster like typhoons, earthquakes...
Humza Ahmed
Humza Ahmed Nokia E5, Wildfire S and an iPhone 4, these are the smartphones i use.
Sina Khaki
Sina Khaki In Iran most of people have two phones, it is ordinary.
Paul Alexandru
Paul Alexandru I already carry a Nokia N8 and an iPhone 4S, but getting a Galaxy S3 and giving the N8 to mom
Francis Omoruto
Francis Omoruto More likely a smartphone and a tablet. If both are dual-SIM and cover both GSM & CDMA, I'd be a happy camper.
Jose Cazarez
Jose Cazarez Lol
Ray Leonard Lee Go
Ray Leonard Lee Go I use two phones. Got an Optimus One for text and calls only. and a Droid Bionic for games and whatnot. I only have one GSM simcard and I got the Bionic for less than $200. So one phone for playing and another for working.
Sheeraz Sarwar
Sheeraz Sarwar you can use GIVEY .TO MAKE IPHONE OR ANY ANDROID daul sim
Eric Quach
Eric Quach lol wat?
Cecil McMillion
Cecil McMillion i carry 2 smartphones just cant have one lol
Buckaroo Banzai
Buckaroo Banzai Nope!
Every Chance
Every Chance A Galaxy Note and a Pantech Link to create wifi with Cradlepoint
Dani Hayes
Dani Hayes I carry two, my iPhone 4 and my iPhone 4S.
Jones Robert
Jones Robert ...been there,done that.
Adrian Anguiano
Adrian Anguiano You can carry two phones but in reality is it gonna get you laid? Naa haha a girl would think you're a dork. Carry one phone it's more practical and seriously if an attractive girl walks past you and you're fiddling with two phones she's not gonna go up to you...lol
Tyler Kirchman
Tyler Kirchman Sometimes my android acts up and wish I carried 2 phones
Mathew Merriman
Mathew Merriman I just switched from iPhone to Samsung Galalaxy S2 epic 4g ttouch. & I love my new phone. but I miss all the cool stuff from iPhone. Better games. IMessage, emoji. So I would want to carry two.
Dennis Orcutt Jr
Dennis Orcutt Jr Galaxy Note, HTC Radar WP7, and iPod Touch since I sold iPhone. Mobile OS tri-fecta. :-)
Rick Casey
Rick Casey No
Miguel Schoop
Miguel Schoop Same thing here; blackberry and galaxy s2
Adan James Salinas
Adan James Salinas I do this on an everyday basis. I work for VZW and they provide me with one that is upgraded every 3 months. I dont pay for it. Unlimited everything. Then i have my personal phone. I will admit its very cumbersome to carry 2. I would not recommend it.
Tanner Schmitz
Tanner Schmitz No. Smartphones are hella expensive just for one. $30 for 2Gb sucks.. But love my iPhone.
Henry Murillo
Henry Murillo Maybe if I was a geek. But even then... That's just sad lol I would have several phone (as a geek) but only carry one at a time.
Michael Holey
Michael Holey tumor anyone?
Josh Avondoglio
Josh Avondoglio NEVER!
Jason P Gardner
Jason P Gardner I would
Steve Johns
Steve Johns You guys should let a couple random review or 2 week test of a phone and if they do good they keep it if not send it back. Have it set up like the top rated phone for the week
Steve Johns
Steve Johns Yup HTC REZOUND and the SAMSUNG GALEXY NEXUS you wanna give me cuz your awesome I would also exept IPHONE 4S or GALEXY NOTE lol
Michael Santangelo
Michael Santangelo I would carry 3... Windows Phone, iPhone, and an Android device.
Rodger Samiie' Myers
Rodger Samiie' Myers i use to do the same a BB 9700 for bbm with my international friends and international travel and iphone4 for personal and multimedia...however when i get a chance ill get a note and extra battery
Iqbal Saiful
Iqbal Saiful I'm using three actually..
Kevin Carpenter
Kevin Carpenter I carry 2. One for each business I run.
Alan rr. Roe
Alan rr. Roe Just two phones? I call that a "light pocket day". My day isnt the same if i'm not carrying around at least 4 phones in my pocket. One for each carrier so I have 4 different numbers. Suffice to say when it rings i'm always pleasently surprised just as to who's calling me on what line!
Bill Thomas
Bill Thomas Why the hell would u want to carry 2 for
Giemuel Uy
Giemuel Uy I do...one for everyday use, the other in case batman calls
Neil Leisenheimer
Neil Leisenheimer Nope. Just me and my Atrix 4G. I do also usually have my iPad (assigned to me by my school. I wouldn't buy an iOS device) and my MacBook Pro (I do like Apple's computers).
Constantine Perenne
Constantine Perenne I do carry three phones Galaxy S2 (main phone), and my 2 Galaxy Note White and Black...
Ricardo Carrizales
Ricardo Carrizales I do!
Catherine Ashley Unger
Catherine Ashley Unger I do, Galaxy Note for business and LG Nitro for personal.
Adrian Anguiano
Adrian Anguiano I always see middle Eastern people at my college with two phones. This one guy had two iPhones lol that made no sense to me but hey I guess he thinks he's cool
Yasir Sohail
Yasir Sohail When my company gave me one smartphone for work, i was really excited to have two phone. But after a few week it was kind of annoying so now i have all my work emails and phone numbers in my iPhone.
Jesse Bryant
Jesse Bryant I think maybe one for business and one for personal use wouldn't be a bad decision so you don't consume as much battery.
Bradley E Watson
Bradley E Watson I have 4 toshiba thrive tablets 2 iphones 3 droid razr maxx and a galaxy nexus
Paris Coke
Paris Coke If I were rich
Adrian Cabrera
Adrian Cabrera Galaxy nexus, iPhone 4S and sometimes my htc Titan.
Edward Gonse
Edward Gonse Its questions like this that remind me of the times when people had to carry a cellphone, an mp3 player, and a dedicated camera all at the same time.
Corey Artis
Corey Artis been doing it for a while. i had a smartphone (iphone3) and a nokia feature phone. the smartphone was strictly for websurfing and streaming, the feature phone was for talking. when i upgraded to the 3gs, i replaced the nokia with the ip3. i then upgraded the 3gs to the vibrant and replaced the 3g with the 3gs. then i upgraded the vibrant to the sgs2 and replaced the 3gs with the vibrant. i take care of my stuff and i think it is a very good way to get 2 years out of a smartphone.
Eddie Lucas
Eddie Lucas I do, i have a Iphone4s and a Samsung Nexus S 4G....
Steve Cawley
Steve Cawley I carry a blackberry and a droid bionic. Blackberry for business...do over 100 emails a day on blackberry....once you learn shortcut keys on blackberry you can handle email 5x's faster on a blackberry. You can type faster on glass....but error correction is a pain...
Charles Fung
Charles Fung no. never.
Jackie Weiler
Jackie Weiler no
Eric Chaelani
Eric Chaelani Bb 9900 for business and international use, iphone 4s for personal
Robert Centennial
Robert Centennial no thats stupid
Huey Liggins
Huey Liggins I got the galaxy note. Dubbed the phablet or the tabphone. With an extra battery why bother? Two batteries will last me two days and imagine if I get a mophie charger. faggetaboutit!
Bird Orellana
Bird Orellana Yeah if your a drug dealer or a business person
Maxi Fabián
Maxi Fabián Too expensive, i would if i could use the second without pay per month and use the first as a Phone and the second as a multimedia and networking capable devicd.
Kerri Kershaw
Kerri Kershaw Just one Windows Phone, thanks. :)
Geoffrey P. Spicer
Geoffrey P. Spicer Nope
Harriett Holmes
Harriett Holmes Nope, but I have my new iPad, Sony tablet S and my Asus u31 zen book everywhere I go.
Curt Popejoy
Curt Popejoy I considered it, but now that I am using windows phone I see less reason for it. I carry my dell streak 7 too so that helps a lot.
Frank Porter
Frank Porter Why in the hell would I want to do that? What a stupid question.
Erman Guido
Erman Guido That's stupid. I don't do it.
Byktor Urvaes
Byktor Urvaes No that's crazy
Jesse Moorhouse
Jesse Moorhouse Nope. Not necessary.
Harriett Holmes
Harriett Holmes Nope, but I carry two Tablets (the new iPad and Sony tablet S)
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz Nesecitas un dual sim urgentemente
Joe Aranzullo
Joe Aranzullo I did for work for a while, they gave me a blackberry which I hated but getting e-mail over a BES was nice. My personal phone has been android since the first droid rolled out.. Now my blackberry contract expired and work bought me an android that is both personal and work. Unless one phone is for work and another is for personal use.. I don't understand why you would! I don't want to need a utility belt.. it does not match a lot of my shirts.
Alvaro Astudillo
Alvaro Astudillo All you need is a windows phone to replace them all :D
Shawn Martinez
Shawn Martinez I do an iPhone 4 and a galaxy s2
Isaac Johnson
Isaac Johnson Nope. Don't need two. That's doing too much.
Clemen Yap
Clemen Yap For myself I uses a smartphone and 1 non-smartphone Nokia phone
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Spence gets the ignorant comment of the day award.
Zach Cline
Zach Cline Nope
Wilson Chiu
Wilson Chiu i already do
Gio Victorio
Gio Victorio I swear I thought everyone does. lol (iPhone and an ancient Captivate. a Galaxy Tab 10.1 or Transformer Prime on the way.)
Spence Southard
Spence Southard I guess you want your android phone to actually use and your iPhone to look cool with?
Julian Ju-yen Garcia
Julian Ju-yen Garcia Nope unless I'm a spy or something lol
Ayham Assil
Ayham Assil i carry my galaxy s2 no need to carry to phones lol
Eduardo Ordaz
Eduardo Ordaz Nope.
Nikolas Manuelides
Nikolas Manuelides no, whats the point? :P
Loai Ahmed Medhat
Loai Ahmed Medhat im carrying 2 phones because of 4.11.08 :(
Carlos Nava
Carlos Nava naw i got a galaxy s2 ... all in one
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis iPhone & iPad is all I need.
Kelly Tanaka
Kelly Tanaka android, pantech, and my playbook... doesnt everyone?
Jon Brang
Jon Brang I don't know send me a Galaxy Note and i'll try it
Matt SnowPaw Dalton
Matt SnowPaw Dalton Absolutley not. Caring around my phone and my 3DS is enough, let alone when I want to bring my tablet along >_>
Brandon Errigo
Brandon Errigo Phone dog what do you like better the note or iPhone
Jose Be Julme
Jose Be Julme Yes I would if second is free monthly.
Adler Gonzalez
Adler Gonzalez I do a bb 9650, htc trophy, samsung charge, and galaxy 7 tab
Juan Jose Rios
Juan Jose Rios I've been carrying two for years! I also carry a tablet (either droid or ipad. depends on the day)
David Rathbun
David Rathbun I have 3 tablets and at least 5 smart phones with me at work everyday.
Jeff Jay
Jeff Jay 2 Here !
Madelaine Harry
Madelaine Harry #FirstWorldProblems
William Martin
William Martin Would you consider giving me a free smart phone?
Descmond Bell
Descmond Bell Don't worry about it. I carry 3 so....
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. With all the new tech coming this year, I just might get two phones for the first time lol.
Jessica Davila Arzate
Jessica Davila Arzate I would (:
George Isenhart
George Isenhart On a daily basis I'm talking on my Epic 4G while doing something else on my Galaxy Tab.
Taz Brannan
Taz Brannan I carry 2, 1 for work 1 for personal use.
Tyler Shoulders
Tyler Shoulders I would if I had another one haha
Shawn Poling
Shawn Poling I was but I said i only need one. :)
Dany Lovegood
Dany Lovegood I carry 2 smartphones :-P
Jaevz Chavez
Jaevz Chavez I got a RAZR I would like to carry a blackberry
Thomas Boehnlein
Thomas Boehnlein I carry a smartphone, a 7" tablet and a Cowon mp3 player. My hoodie has many pockets and I wear it all day at work. Can never have too much tech on hand.
Matthew Fort
Matthew Fort LIKE A BOSS. but the iphone though. it makes me feel like im conforming. iphone lacks individuality. regardless of fanboy wars. apple comes off as everyone wants to be hip. iphones bout as unique as a blonde chick at a frat party
Flako Ramirez
Flako Ramirez nope
Juventino Sepulveda Jr
Juventino Sepulveda Jr jajajjaja Ashwin its 110% right
Bridget  Hooks
Bridget Hooks Nah, hard enough time keeping up with one.
Daniel Quintero
Daniel Quintero No
Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez I carry three.
Jordan Acosta
Jordan Acosta never
Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers Sometimes I carry 3
Richard Garvey
Richard Garvey i do 2 bb and a android
Ashwin Kannoth
Ashwin Kannoth just like apple retards. iphone and ipod.
Roger Alonzo
Roger Alonzo No fine with one
Sire Kwame Dick Son
Sire Kwame Dick Son I wont
Maya Kennard
Maya Kennard not I
Sam Taylor
Sam Taylor Don't most people? >_<




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