Technology

Smartphones: Which Virtual Assistant Will Assist You Best?

One Stop Shopping or Just Another Gadget?

Smartphones have become the one stop shopping device for technological gadgets. Gone are the days where you have one device for talking to your friends and family, one device for listening to your favorite music, and yet another gadget to network and handle your business correspondence. I like to think that I am somewhat technologically savvy and would like to enlighten you on my thoughts and concerns on the different smartphones that I have utilized in the past years. As we know times are ever-changing when it comes to technology, so what I love today may very well be on my list of “not-so-much” tomorrow.

The Palm Treo was my first smartphone. It fit perfectly in the palm of my hand, it had a big face that was touchscreen, and it had a QWERTY keyboard for texting. This was a phone that I could not only enter my contacts in but it was my first experience with attaching a photo to my contact and squealing with excitement as that person’s face popped up when an incoming call came across. I could even go up to two days without putting it on the charger; the phone was unbelievable at keeping a charge. Unfortunately, what I found to be true about this phone was the search engine when using the internet or checking my yahoo email account was not as user friendly as I liked, and trying to view attachments was next to impossible. The phone eventually died and it was on to the next one.

The granddaddy of all smartphones in my eyes, The iPhone. I always found it great to look at, but thought it was a bit on the expensive side. I finally bit the bullet and purchased it and fell in love. The big screen allowed you to see each picture, each video with such clarity. The touch screen was great not to mention the Apps! You can run your entire life from this phone from children’s events, dinner menus, weight management, and even fashion and glamour tips. The one thing that I am not a fan of is the touchscreen keyboard. This feature forces you to touch the selected key just so or you will get the wrong key. This causes texting to take much longer and frustration mounts as you continuously hit that “T” when you really want an “R”. If they were to construct the phone with a slide or flip keyboard this would make this phone perfect.

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