Want more from your SmartPhone than just phone calls and text messages?
See our Blog Post – Ways a SmartPhone can Outsmart your Computer
66% of adults in the UK own a SmartPhone. Instead of powering up a laptop or a desktop computer, the ‘always on’ and ‘instant access’ capabilities of a SmartPhone mean that you have the power to shop, navigate, communicate and browse instantly from anywhere at anytime.
Ever since the mobile phone network had a data channel in addition to the voice and text (GSM) network, there has been a continuous development of phones into “smartphones” to embrace this facility. Mobile phone masts not only provide your phone with the ability to make calls and send text messages, but also allow you a mobile broadband internet connection.
There are 3 main SmartPhone types:
- Apple and iOS installed on the iPhone. This phone links to the Apple App Store.
- Google and Android on several brands of phones (Sony, HTC, LG, Samsung, Huawei etc.). These phones link to Google Play.
- Microsoft and Windows Mobile on the Nokia (mostly). This phone links to the Windows Phone Store.
To get the benefit of a SmartPhone, a user needs to connect the phone to an App Store with either an Apple ID, a Google account or a Microsoft Account. Each of these is basically an email address and a password.
The App Store for each system has between 340,000 to 2.2 million apps. (Latest Statistics)
What can you expect from a SmartPhone?
Apart from making phone calls and receiving texts, the data connection capability of the phone means that you have the internet and all it has to offer in your hands. Furthermore, your phone is also capable of computing tasks. All these are brought to you by apps already on the phone or apps installed via your app store account.
Here are just a few extra things that your smartphone can do:
email, contacts, calendar and diary, pictures, books, news, music, internet browsing, calculator, notes, office documents, FMRadio, internet radio, navigation and maps, weather forecasts, FaceBook, YouTube, Skype, WhatsApp, NetFlix, mobile payments and thousands of games.
Keep in Sync
It is also possible to keep all your computers, tablets and phones in sync with each other. For example: keep your Outlook calendar and contacts in sync with your tablet and phone.
There are many services, which are ‘Cloud’ based. These services work between your devices to to keep your data or files in sync. Examples are: Tripit, Evernote, Pocket, mySMS, One Drive, Google Drive and DropBox.
With or without accessories, you could also connect your smartphone to your TV, a speaker or speaker system, a projector and a computer. This means all sorts of presentation and multimedia facilities straight from your smartphone.
References and Guides
Choosing between Google and Apple (Android and iOS) ?
Watch these two YouTube videos about the history and trends of these two major players
By realising the full potential of a SmartPhone, you will find it is easy to achieve a lot more. Whether it is scheduling your appointments, reading the latest news or preparing a presentation, you can get your tasks done whilst on the move.
Being organised means peace of mind and more time for other activities away from your computer.
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