Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Are Smartphones as Good as Computers?

The end of this post will be stamped with an indication that it was posted with the Blogger Droid app v3. or something. That's because I composed and posted it exclusively using my Droid Incredible from Verizon.

I say "posted"even though I am still in the process of composing it. I hope I will see this experiment thru to the end without caving and opting for the infinitely easier and more convenient option of just sitting down at my.computer and typing the post out like I do every week. But as long as I have this intense and powerful smartphone at my disposal, I might ad well see if I can use it to its full potential. Regardless of how much harder it may be to perform normal everyday tasks using it.

You see, as magical wagical as these smartphones appear to be, my theory is that, by making these tasks that one would normally do on a full power computer readily available, phones decrease the quality of both the tasks and the time spent performing the tasks. But rather than simply expounding on this theory, I figured I'd try to prove it by putting it into practice.

Gosh I hope that jump tag worked. I'm far from fluent in html, and I usually make use of the helpful Blogger shortcut buttons. If nothing else, posting with my phone will force me to learn the mechanics behind the aesthetics of crafting the perfect post.

The auto-correct is nice, but the typing mechanism is that much harder that it more than cancels out. A more fun and extensive experiment would be to try to write this on my phone AND with a time limit, but it's too late for that; the composition of this post has already spanned a couple of days off and on.

Speaking of which, I had a dream last night that I gave up on this idea and reverted to using my computer. You know your hobbies are taking up too much energy when they start to invade your dreams. Or it just emphasizes how captivating this idea is, even if I have nothing to write about but writing this article. How meta...

I'm going to try to dictate this next paragraph using the speech function. any interest of clarity I will separate sentences I will not go back and edit anything. I actually recorded that 1 over because I screwed up the first time. this is too much trouble than it's worth he sounds really silly trying to speak so accurately. looks like it's back to typing with my thumbs.

Ah, that's better. It's not an easy feature to get right, but I wouldn't have been able to do it on my computer without installing special software. These gadgets sure do have a lot of features.

Regarding the picture, this app makes it easy to upload a picture that you capture using the very same phone with which you are currently writing the post. In this case, I took a picture of the computer I would normally use to write this post and a calendar to prove the date.

Speaking of the date, anyone who caught this blog at roughly 9pm ET yesterday was witness to a mistake: I somehow accidentally published an incomplete version of this post. In addition tovfeaturibg a harder typing mechanism, it's also harder to navigate the menus without making mistakes.

So there you have it: a post written completely using amobile device, outlining all the benefits and drawbacks I can think of involved with writing a post exclusively using a mobile device. I hope it was as interesting for you to read as it was for me to write.

...which was actually not that much fun, as trying to type so professionally over such a large amount of words using my phone was rather stressful indeed. So at least that's low expectations for how much I hope you all enjoyed my post today!
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