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Computing Everywhere helps you access the internet and important tools wherever and whenever you need to do it. Stay online and productive no matter where you are.
We talk a lot about "computing everywhere." Modern technology offers the ability to check your documents, email, and even finances no matter where you are. You can even stream movies directly to your mobile computing device, taking some time out from a busy day to bring in some entertainment.
When we talk about mobile computing, we're talking chiefly about four different types of devices: smartphones, tablets, netbooks, and laptops. These mobile devices allow you to access the internet and, more importantly, perform business and home functions like writing documents, viewing multimedia, and running programs. There's another similar type of device called a personal internet viewer, like the Sony Dash, which allows you to access many internet services. But only smartphones, tablets, netbooks, and laptops really open up the entire computing experience in a way you can call "mobile computing."
There are benefits and drawbacks to each type of mobile computing device, so it's important to get the right product for you.
SmartphonesA smartphone is the simplest of the four mobile computing device types. Smartphones offer the usual mobile phone service, enhanced with other, computer-like functionality. They run programs called "apps" and use a mobile web browser to access the internet. Apps are designed by third parties, which means you can find a tool for just about anything at this point. Smartphones can access the internet using wireless signals from mobile phone carriers, although they can also use the wireless signal from your home internet.
Tablet computerThe Apple iPad is probably the most well-known tablet computer, although there are other tablets available on the market. They're very similar to smartphones but on a larger scale. A tablet computer can slide easily into most bags and weigh only a few pounds. Think of tablets as bigger, more powerful smartphones.
NetbooksNetbooks were designed as ultra-portable versions of laptops, focusing on accessing the internet and doing basic computer functions. They work very much like laptop computers but save a lot of weight and size by not using CD or DVD drives. Netbooks look like small versions of laptops and weigh only a few pounds.
LaptopsLaptops are the flagship of mobile computing. Modern laptops sport the same power and functionality as full desktop computers but do so in a mobile form. While most people keep laptops in special, protective bags, laptops can pretty easily go on the road with you without needing much additional setup.
Choosing the best mobile computing device requires knowing what you want out of it. If you want full-fledged computing capability, then a laptop is going to be your best bet. If you just want to check email and cruise the web without carrying anything inconvenient, then a smartphone or a tablet might be a better bet. Ultimately, it's just about what you want your mobile computer to do.
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