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MOBILE COMPUTING: DEBUNKING THE MYTHS OF MOBILE DEVICES

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Consumers have gotten so used to internet activities that the introduction of mobile computing has raised eyebrows not by many but by some who are still up to now skeptic over the true advantages of wireless internet access. While there would always be reason for these people to believe there are some elements of truth to their skepticism, these are going to appear along the line of falsehoods especially at how the rate of today's technological rise is going.

So here are some mobile computing myths to throw light on:

Lack in Processing Power, Key Size, and Screen

While they are smaller in size as compared to the conventional desktops people were so used to in the decades that passed, mobile devices are as near as powerful as the large computers. It is true that they lack the large physical interfaces like the keyboard, mouse, monitor, printer, and other peripherals; and because of these, people may think, the smaller computer devices are incapable of functioning like a true bigger computer does.

However, today's mobile and handheld devices are quite as capable. Most of these devices already come now with usable screens, QWERTY keyboards, and add-on small peripherals like earphones and others. In other gadgets, they already feature an aid which is for clicking or pointing on the screen, a very common interface with today's latest devices.

A Distraction to the Younger Generations

As the years unfold before us, mobile devices are perceived as ubiquitous and pervading elements distracting the younger generations from their daily lives. The corporate world has been seen with the same occurrence. However, a personal desktop computer can be as much a distraction as many thought the mobile devices are. If one chooses not to see the learning content of the high-end mobile devices and do the same with the larger computers, there is not much difference.

This is a challenge that many technology companies face, to bring high-end devices that feature engagement contents to the learning package that they come with so much so that users are not distracted but inspired to use them for better purposes. If the devices do not come with contents that can engage users to learn the essence of mobile computing, then, those devices can be nothing but real distraction.

The Cost Barriers and Inaccessibility

People would always say mobile devices are expensive and thus are inaccessible. However, when one would look at it, these devices are affordable because of their capability to bring the mobile computing world right at their fingertips without having to engage in high-cost and most often times complex wireless installation that was used before. Most of the mobile devices today are pre-loaded with features that make them ready to access the mobility internet, while others just require an add-on feature to make them access the mobile internet anytime and anywhere.

Another point to debunk this myth is the fact that most high-end phones delivered to today's buying public cost significantly less than they were a decade ago. Furthermore, a good thing you would want to see these days is that networks are charging far lower so all individuals have an easier chance of availing them.

The lower cost and charges are due to the increasing availability of the mobile computing technology and its users.

CATHY MALLERS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Monday, November 16, 2009 12:13 PM by Dean's Team
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