I think I wrote the shortest post in “DomainingTips history” yesterday and the main reason was that, you guessed it: I wrote it on my smartphone. As much as I love you guys, I love my sanity more, so there’s no way I’m writing a long post on my smartphone. Today, I’ll elaborate a bit and explain why smartphones are (in my opinion, of course), utterly useless when it comes to real work.
First of all, writing reasonably long blocks of text on a smartphone is extremely annoying. I for one am not even a fan of laptop keyboards, which is why I use an “old school” keyboard even when traveling. Ok, I guess I could get used to laptop keyboards but when it comes to smartphone ones, no way Jose!
Next, doing anything even remotely complex takes ages. For example, let’s assume an end user contacts you and, naturally, you want to do a bit of research. On a laptop, doing this is a piece of cake but on a smartphone, it’s orders of magnitude harder. If we’re talking about reading your email or short answers then sure, smartphones are extremely useful but anything a bit more complicated than that and we’re in “deal breaker” territory.
As some of you know, I’m in the process of writing a book, so let’s not even go there. Talking about doing something as complex as writing a book via smartphones is pointless. Again, let’s not even go there.
When it comes to reading, things aren’t as dramatic but still, how could you possibly compare a tiny smartphone screen to a computer screen? Or a nice dual monitor setup? Let’s face it: yes, your reading experience can be reasonably good on a smartphone but there’s quite a bit of room for improvement to put it mildly.
Am I saying smartphones are awful?
Of course not.
As mentioned previously, they’re great for simple tasks like reading emails, basic Internet browsing and so on. But if there’s *real* work that needs to be done, they’re a joke. Plain and simple.