incrediBILL - 6:13 pm on Jul 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
Why think for yourself, when you are connected with dozens or hundreds people who can think for you.
That's the same reason people use Google - why think for yourself or try to figure something out when everyone has already figured it out for you and it's freely available if you're smart enough to figure out how to find it.
However, smart phones are sufficient to accomplish work, lots of work actually.
With technologies like Swype I can type faster than the speech to text technology, fast enough having an external keyboard is a why bother. Answering emails, writing blog or forum posts, all quick and trivial using Swype.
Besides, smart phones were never designed (yet) to be a replacement for a larger computer and those that take that approach to using a smart phone are naive and will be sorely disappointed.
Smart phones can allow you to view just about any type of document or spreadsheet, you can make some simple edits, and send it along, but I seriously doubt anyone every planned to use a smart phone to sit down and compose a 300 page document.
Likewise, I can log into my Linux servers in an emergency from my smart phone using an SSH terminal program but the text is so small, short of getting an EVO, you certainly wouldn't want to do much except get in, attempt to fix a problem, and get right out. The beautiful thing is at least I can get access to the server without dragging around a netbook or laptop, or having to run home to use a desktop computer.
FWIW, in my 32GB of phone memory I also keep zip files of my website stored so if I'm away somewhere and a serious emergency crops up, I have everything I need to restore my online business to a reasonable operational state right there in my pocket.
The smart phone also has FTP software apps so I could even fully upload and deploy the website using the phone itself in a pinch.
However, that's really not what smart phones are about.
When I hop in the car I plug the phone in and it's now playing music, my MP3s or streaming radio, haven't heard a local radio station (or commercial) in the car in maybe 5 years. The phone also runs navigation for trips to unknown locations, finding nearby gas stations, restaurants, movies, giving me information about buildings and landmarks anywhere I might be. It literally links the online world of information to where I am at any location.
That's where smart phones excel, not being a portable office.
Not to mention you can catch up on the news and/or RSS feed reading while sitting in the pub pounding a pint or sitting on the porcelain throne, or even watch a TV show you missed the night before.
TBH, the smart phone isn't perfect for everything nor do I expect it to replace a netbook for maybe 5 years, smart phones are too limited at the moment, but it does so much I can't imagine life without one, especially when traveling which is where it really shines.
You are provided with a mobile device and then THEY start calling, texting and emailing 24/7
THEY don't bother me one bit because THEY will roll to voice mail and after a while THEY will give up when it becomes obvious I'm not answering THEIR calls.