As I read this tantalizingly titled post, I found myself nodding like an idiot. I work from home, so at least no one saw me silently agreeing with what I was reading.
The main point is highly applicable to me and to many of you and is pretty much the same one I made about my tablet, touchscreens suck for content creation.
Yeah, they’re awesome for entertainment, quick communication and consuming content, but I avoid any tasks that require more than a few sentences of keyboard poking. I’m betting you do too.
It’s just too much of a pain to do real work.
Some people even apologize for their brevity (and typos) in their smartphone email signatures.
So, if you write code (even assuming you could on a smartphone or tablet), documents, blog posts, anything, you’re likely in the same boat; you don’t on a smartphone because of the enormous effort required.
Similar problem if you design anything; you’ll quickly find the finger is a terrible pointing device for pixel-perfection. Sure, this is more a tablet use case, but I’m sure there are people out there who’ve tried it on a phone.
The inputs aren’t good enough; it’s that simple.
This makes smartphones substandard computing devices really, but I’d argue they make up for that by providing convenience.
And that alone is worth the investment and annoyance. The ability to tap into the intertubes while you’re on the go is something magical, like Knight Rider’s operations trailer. Having information at your command like that is incredibly useful.
So, while the limitations of smartphones are a bit maddening at times, they make up for it with convenience. I’m not in love with my phone anymore, but I definitely wouldn’t want to be without it.
What do you think? Do love or hate your smartphone?
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