PROS & CONS
What is good about Smartphones
Of late, tablets and Ultrabooks are stealing the limelight, but this doesn’t mean that the smartphones are heading towards a slow death. Instead, smartphones are getting bigger and better. Giving competition to the 7-inch tablets are the new smartphones with around 5 inches of screen size. The bigger display offers more space for productivity as well as entertainment. With the extra real estate, typing over the onscreen QWERTY keypad becomes a lot easier. With phones like the Samsung Galaxy SIII, the screen can split for watching videos while working. The full HD bright display can be used for watching full HD videos and playing games.
As the smartphones are now used for power hogging apps, chip makers like Qualcomm and Nvidia are adding more power with their quad-core processors that can run multiple, power hogging tasks at the same time. The downside is that not many apps are available on the app stores that are optimised for the multi-core processor. These advanced processors now support full HD video capture as well.
Yet another front where the smartphones outshine is the camera optics. With most of the high end smartphones having 8 megapixel and above, the images captured are good. Further, the constant connectivity to social networking sites makes it easy to share as well. Then the constant connectivity smartphones enjoy help one stay connected and work while on the move. Push mail support, chat messages and millions of apps are just a touch away.
What is not so good about Smartphones
While smartphones are the perfect multimedia device, it has its share of downfalls too.
To start with, the 5-inch display is smaller in comparison to the tablet and Ultrabook and doesn’t come handy while typing long documents, creating presentations or handling work like compressing HD videos, etc. But then it it tough for phones to have a larger display as that will only act as a hindrance for its utility as a phone.
Secondly, the devices are constantly playing catch up with their operating systems. For instance, most Android phones running Gingerbread are still awaiting IceCream Sandwich updates. However, with iPhone, users across the world can instantly update the smartphone.
Smartphones do offer a good multimedia experience, but can’t match up to ultrabooks. Lastly, smartphones with the best display, camera and processors costs a bomb. Not even a single flagship smartphone is priced below 35,000. The cheaper options are always lacking something.