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More than a phone
Posted on 30-Nov-2015 08:09 by Bill Bennett | Tags Filed under: Articles


Appleís iPhone has always been more than just a phone. From the outset it has also been a pocket computer. The same is true for many Android and Windows phones [1]

While iPhones canít do everything PCs do, they do the important things. They do them well enough for many peopleís needs.

In the third world, phones are often peopleís only experience of computers. It is how they use the internet. For them it is the computer.

Many of us living in richer countries have the luxury of owning more than one computer. That often means a desktop or laptop and a tablet and a phone.

Although the three have distinct functions, their relationship has evolved over the years. For Apple users the biggest step was last year when the IPhone 6 Plus arrived[2]

Its bigger, 5.5 inch display brought more screen real estate. That meant more flexibility in displaying information. More text can fit on a single screen. A split screen is practical.

The larger screen also makes for easy data input. Big displays mean better on screen keyboards.

Itís not the best tool for writing a thousand word story, but it can be done without discomfort. As I found out in practice. That wasnít the case with earlier, smaller iPhone displays.

Last year the iPhone went from being a communications tool with some processing to being a productivity hub. Everything else now revolves around the phone.

Android fans will argue otherwise[3] but for me this is where Apple and Microsoft have an advantage. The phones integrate smoothly with laptops, desktops and other tools. They are much more than just phones.


  1. But letís keep this simple, it gets tiresome writing or Android or Windows Phone ever other sentence.  ?
  2. Apple wasnít first to the big phone party by a long shot.  ?
  3. Please do. Iíve not found Androidís integration with desktop computers to be as smooth or as productive as the alternatives. Yet itís clear millions of people do work this way so it must work.  ?

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