Smartphones and tablets – are they actually useful? (Part 1)
Smartphones and tablets have been around for quite a while now, and no doubt they have been useful, but how useful?
Imagine this scenario: you have a word document that you need to do but you are away from the computer. You pick out your phone and get typing. But no it’s not as simple as that; you find out that you can’t access the file because it’s in the cloud and there happens only to be 2G in the area you are in.
Now all you’ve got is a £500 brick phone.
Maybe later on you get a 3G/4G signal but you’ve already wasted about 15 minutes trying to download it and convert it to a .docx file from the original .gdoc file!
Quite often, I find myself wasting time trying to get my phone or tablet to do what I want it to do, whether that’s a question of no internet connection or just the wrong app installed.
Maybe you should have just waited until you got to a computer?
So there’s the time wasting aspect of smartphones. What about actual usefulness?
Imagine this scenario: you are again away from a computer and you are waiting for an urgent email. Helpfully your smartphone buzzes in your pocket and you read the email.
If the email was so urgent, wouldn’t you have stayed at a computer? Wasn’t the whole point of email being that the recipient could reply when they had time?
Personally I think that smartphones and tablets are very useful but I’m just debating this with myself. I think I could probably survive without one but I’m not sure…
Ironically, I wrote some of this on a tablet!
So, what do you think? Do you find them useful? Or are they purely a waste of time?