The live blog which thousands of you read and participated in concluded late last night. In short, there was very little I couldn't do. The only thing suggested, outside of my own list of tests to try out was to download and run a torrent application or download manager, because no applications are available for the BlackBerry.
I downloaded PDF documents, and streamed music. I watched on-demand television and checked my lecture timetable.Though native to the BlackBerry handset and service, kept in email contact with all the people I needed to. With an Acid3 test score of 93/100, I could easily browse the web and with Amazon's multi-platform application, I even purchased an e-book with the Kindle application.
Throughout the live blog I bought and downloaded applications on the BlackBerry App World, wrote some of my essay, and tried and tested EverNote for academic purposes. I was even able to print a document using the cloud but to access HTML5 video I downloaded the Bolt browser. As you would expect, social media from Facebook to Twitter was a breeze, but anyone could expect that.
Though had I not used Wi-Fi for the entire time, download speeds would have suffered as the area I live and work in still has patchy 3G coverage, I would have used a great deal more bandwidth. Had I used a device or network which offers no compression, then the charges would have started racking up, especially without a data plan.
My hopes for trying other mobile devices, such as the iPhone or an Android device with an Acid3 test score of 100 and 90-92 respectively, were shattered by the extremeweather the United Kingdom is suffering, which caused many local stores in my area to shut.
There was nothing that I would ordinarily do as a student that I couldn't on a smartphone - in this case, a BlackBerry Bold 9700. But no, is the answer to whether the desktop is negated by this test.
The smartphone on the whole is great, provided you fulfil a series of simple answerable parameters. Is the phone right for you? Does it offer all that you need it to? Do you intend to do X, Y and Z on your device? Can you get Wi-Fi or 3G coverage? The list goes on. For me, I suspect in this live blog, I was particularly lucky on the most part.
Whether you use a Mac or a PC, the smartphone is a vastly useful piece of equipment and able on the most part to do everything you need to do. During a blackout or a broadband outage, you could survive if you were willing to make certain budgetary sacrifices, such as paying for applications you wouldn't ordinarily need.
But use your smartphone wisely. Though it can, it shouldn't be used as a replacement for the desktop, in my opinion. There's a reason why they call it a smart-'phone' and not a 'handheld desktop computer replacement'.