It’s yet another truth from my astute son. That’s exactly what we are using when we manipulate the touch screens of our handheld devices – a micro-computer complete with an operating system and applications that help us run our lives. They run the gamut from calendar, address book, e-mail, camera (for stills and video, of course), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, text messaging , media player, links to social media and other applications to personalize the experience for the user. Oh, and yes. You can even call someone.
Back in the 80s I remember experiencing my first fax machine and I was so impressed! No longer would I have to pack up the artwork in a portable, though sometimes cumbersome, portfolio, drive to the client for the required in- person meeting and secure approval for a magazine ad. Today if someone even suggests sending me a fax … or even asks for my fax number … I have to smirk. I now send my clients pdfs and in seconds ads are in front of them where they can study them and get back to me at their convenience – now that’s progress.
I use my handheld to pay for my coffee at Starbucks, show my boarding pass and check into a flight, use coupons at the department store and text my husband to see what’s for dinner. I read and answer email or play FreeCell when I have to wait, and I take photos and post them to social media when I’m feeling kinda social … man has life changed.
So in this age of the handheld, the next device that features a faster processor, a high def screen, and a longer lasting battery has my vote. I will be opening my wallet and upgrading. My latest love is the HTC M-8 phone (oops I mean computer) in glamour red … sweet!