How smart should your phone be?
By John Clingan on Dec 07, 2006
I have been spending the week getting edumacated on our Identity Manager product. During one of the breaks, we geeks compared phones. The instructor, non-blogging-heathen-but-identity-guru Brad, brought up how buggy he thought the Palm Treo was based on his past experience with one. Others concurred.. I agree the phone reboots too often although most likely the side-effect of too many 'value-add' apps and/or an Inbox with 4,500 emails. To Brad, call connectivity (no dropped calls) is his priority. His number one use for the phone is verbal communication. Data is secondary.
While I have been using my Palm Treo for verbal communication, I've been using it more for data communication. Email. Web Browsing. Google Maps (traffic). Reading news. Blogging. SMS. Flight status information. I notice that I get more miffed if my phone reboots during a data connection than a verbal one. I figure I can call back and return from whence the conversation left off. However, resuming my data "conversation" is much harder, if not impossible.
Could it be that the smarter the phone the more it acts like a PC? How smart should a phone be?