First, there was the standard land line phone system; then came the cell phone – a convenient little portable item that everyone adopted a “must have” attitude toward. Progress didn’t stop there, however. Now, we have the Smart Phone – the answer to the on-the-go lifestyle that demands immediate access to whatever electronic needs that we happen to have, in addition to the ability to phone our family and friends for a chat whenever the whim presents itself.
To be sure, Smart Phones are capable of extraordinary electronic feats, but convenience – especially that of the technological variety – always comes at a cost, and this one comes with quite a hefty one. The bottom line is that, if you plan to buy a Smart Phone, then plan on paying a visit to the loan officer of your local bank on the way to the store. These electronic marvels are designed to bring true computer capability right to the palm of your hand, but most people will have to put some serious thought into the type of financial commitment that they’ll have to make in order to become the proud owner of a brand new bouncing baby Smart Phone.
Pros and Cons of Owning a Smart Phone
Just like anything else, Smart Phones have their bright and dark sides and, depending upon how much you’re willing to compromise, they’ll either be a great investment for you, or not at all worth the money that you’ve invested.
For those who, until now, had been carrying around a mobile phone and PDA, this combines the two into one unit, without losing any of the capability of either format.
This is definitely a multi-media friendly device, offering the opportunity to enjoy both audio and video files – or both, if you prefer – without a lot of hoopla.
Cell phone software companies have taken quite kindly to the Smart Phone and are fully supportive of it when it comes to developing software that’s compatible with these units – especially those in the game and entertainment industries.
If accessories are your thing, then you’ll love the number of add-ons that you can purchase to go with your new Smart Phone – including those which utilize Bluetooth technology.
Unless you have very good vision, you might have trouble reading the screen on the Smart Phone – it’s smaller and the resolution isn’t as sharp as that of a Pocket PC.
Text messaging and other text-related capabilities are compromised as a result of the limited text-entry that’s intrinsic to these devices.
Unlike the Pocket PC, Smart Phones are missing some applications that are critical to some users. Among these are Microsoft products, such as Pocket Excel and Pocket Word.
You may be told that you’ll have nationwide coverage, but the reality is that coverage of that type only includes larger cities with higher populations. As a result, there’s quite a menu of non-service areas.