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As a techie I enjoy technology products and one of my favorite topics is what is currently called a smartphone. The big platforms are Apple iOS, Google Android, and RIM Blackberry. Blackberry used to be one of the top competitors but recently it has lost a lot of ground to Apple and Google in the consumer market though they are still quite popular in the corporate environment.
I’m currently using Google Android on a Google Nexus One (manufactured by HTC). This phone enjoys a wonderful developer community and it is very friendly for customization unlike many other devices that have been released. This phone also tends to get updates quickly since it is one of the phones Google develops for directly.
A topic that I think is interesting is that current smartphones are as powerful as personal computers (PC) were not too long ago. This phone as a 1GHz processor, 512 MB of memory, over 8GB of storage (with up to 32 GB of storage with a simple card update), and an 800×480 pixel screen. I’ve owned plenty of desktop computers that didn’t have these specifications.
It has software to:
- Browse the internet with full text, graphics, and Adobe flash
- Keep up to date with corporate Microsoft Exchange email, calendaring, contacts, and tasks
- Keep up to date with personal email and calendaring
- Open and edit Microsoft office documents like Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
- Play digital music files and video
- And a lot more
This is in addition to Facebook, Twitter, navigation with turn by turn direction, games, still camera, video camera, and of course good old voice and text messaging.
With this in mind this is really a more of a personal computer than what for over 150 years has been considered a phone. We’ve gone from simple home phones, to wireless home phones, to cellular phones, pagers and personal digital assistants, to smartphones that combine all of these functions in one unit.
My smartphone is more aptly named a mobile computer – it is much much more than a phone. Some new devices are blurring the lines between smartphone and PC even more by providing external monitors, keyboards, and mice. I don’t think it will be too long until many people use their mobile computers as the central component of their computer experience.
I look for advances in mobile computing security, standardized high speed ports capable of data, video, and sound, as well as user interface improvements to lead the way in this transition. It is a good time to be a techie.
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