Today, we live in a connected world. Like it or not, much of what we do is influenced and orchestrated by tiny electronic slave drivers, bleeping and vibrating at us to go, go, go! Of course, with new technologies emerging so quickly, it’s hard to keep up with what we just HAVE to have! So what do I do when my phone is smarter than I am, Tab is no longer a soft drink, and a laptop computer is more common than a library book? Too many devices, not enough hands!
I’d like to take a look at these three main on-the-go devices, and help to clarify where each one fits into our busy lives. So many choices can make it difficult to decide just which piece of equipment is best suited for what purpose, and over my next few articles I’ll touch on each device. We’ll look at what it’s great for, what it’s NOT so great for, and how to get the most out of these little devils. And having just broken down and replaced my sorry old phone, I’ll begin with the Swiss Army Knife of devices – the Smart Phone.
Smart Phones are a funny breed. Whether it’s a Windows, Apple or Android device, the functionality is very similar. You have the ability to browse the internet, use a calendar / organizer, even receive text or email messages. But wait, there’s more! Got a Microsoft Word document attached to that email? PDF file that the boss needs you to look over right now? No problem! Most Smart Phones now include document reading software that will handle Word, PDF, Powerpoint, Excel, OpenOffice formats, and a plethora of other types of documents. For a nominal fee, you can even upgrade these programs to allow you to edit and CREATE all of these documents!
The functionality doesn’t stop there, however. Trying to find a phone WITHOUT a camera these days is akin to trying to find a car that actually has a carburetor. In some cases, such as Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc, the 8.1MP camera rivals some dedicated cameras available, and can even capture HD video. Media software turns these little powerhouses into MP3 players, movie screens, even gaming devices! The list of things you can accomplish on your phone today goes on and on.