Does size matter?

Does size matter?

Summary: As you develop your mobile enterprise application, select your mobile device very carefully -- it may ruin your chances of rolling out a really successful mobile application.Mobile phones: Cheap and easy to use, long battery life, but cumbersome for data entry, difficult to read.

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As you develop your mobile enterprise application, select your mobile device very carefully -- it may ruin your chances of rolling out a really successful mobile application.

Mobile phones: Cheap and easy to use, long battery life, but cumbersome for data entry, difficult to read.

PDAs without keypads: Heavier, more costly to buy and replace, shorter battery life, somewhat cumbersome for data entry, somewhat easier to read.

PDAs with keypads, Blackberry: Same as above, but better for data entry.

Tablet PC: Even shorter battery life, but more convenient for data entry (if your arms don't get tired). Compatible with virtually all PC software.

Notebook PC: Very short battery life but best system performance. Don't carry it around too long or it might get unpleasantly warm. Data entry is impossible unless you find a desk.

Topic: Hardware

Lee Lup Yuen

About Lee Lup Yuen

Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge.
He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

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  • I don't think there's a one do-it-all device at the moment for most mobile workers. You're still very much tethered into using a combination of devices if you want optimum performance.
    anonymous
  • I totally agree with you. That's why you need to make the right choice for the mobile device when developing a mobile application. Do you think there will ever be a do-it-all device that's perfect for everything?
    anonymous
  • Size does matter, especially when it comes to mobile devices. Will there every be a do-it-all device? It really depends on the individual user. BlackBerry does two things pretty well: It works as a phone and an e-mail device. Does it qualify as a do-it-all device, since making calls and checking e-mail are the top 2 applications for business workers?
    anonymous
  • the dopod 900 does it all.
    anonymous
  • Maybe it's just me -- I find the Blackberry and other smartphones like the Dopod too underpowered for my needs. That's why I still lug around my hefty Sony Vaio all over the office, around town, on holiday, etc. I'll write about this in my new post "Why I Killed My Blackberry". :-)
    anonymous
  • I'm starting to wonder, too, about smartphones. Laptop is still the best mobile device for business workers. For pure communication purposes, a plain mobile phone for making calls and SMS works for me.
    anonymous