Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 19th May 2012 08:59 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Smartphones have become the preferred computer of the masses. Sales surpassed those of personal computers in 2010, having grown over 50% per year for several years. Nearly 500 million smartphones shipped in 2011. This radically shifts the terrain in the consumer operating system competition that was, for years, firmly decided in favor of Windows. This article analyzes the New OS Wars.
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RE: Comment by wigry
by laffer1 on Mon 21st May 2012 18:55 UTC in reply to "Comment by wigry"
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I can't speak for everyone, but I use a smartphone for a few things. The most important is checking email. It's also quite useful for social networking.

Whenever I'm on a break or at lunch, I use my phone to surf, check mail etc. This way I don't use computing resources at work. It prevents them from logging or seeing my traffic. It also makes me feel better as I'm not stealing bandwidth for personal stuff.

I also find things like searching for take out places and a GPS in my pocket quite useful. It replaces the need for a car device as I can simply pull over and figure out where i need to go.

It's also a replacement for my iPod.

I actually use it at work to test our websites from external network to make sure the security is working (we do ip based auth for our stuff)

They're not for everyone, but they do have valid uses for some of us.

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