I received this question which was prompted by some of my recent posts. The answer is, you probably don’t if you are looking for someone else to justify it for you.
That being said, I will touch on a couple things. A smart phone will not replace a tablet. A tablet will not replace a desktop/laptop. Each has it place and one size doesn’t fit all.
I can do a lot of things with my iPhone, but I would never consider it a replacement for my iPad. For $33 a month, my iPhone gives me a connection to all services on the Internet within range of a free WiFi server or Claro’s cell service. Lilliam uses it to call her daughter for free in Costa Rica. No telling how much that saves. There is even a MagicJack app. I have it, but don’t use it as I use MagicJack in the house. I have found several apps that I have found to be useful.
The display and keyboard make it more of an emergency device for email and Internet browsing. I admit, I have found that handy in several situations, but if I am on the Internet for long periods of time, I prefer the iPad. Reading a book on the iPhone would not be a fun thing to do either. I question whether the 7inch iPad would be something I would enjoy.
There are advantages and disadvantages to having an iPhone as opposed to its competition. The main advantage is access to the most secure and best apps available. Since the iPad has the largest market share, apps are developed for it first and Apple has kept a reasonably tight control on the apps that are available for downloading. You never know where an app for Android has come from and a smart phone is really a computer and susceptible to malware.
The main disadvantage of the Apple is access to the battery. That means if the battery goes out, the iPhone will have to be sent to an Apple service center to be replaced. That is the same for my iPad. Since I have had my iPad for over 3 years, it doesn’t seem like too big a deal.
I used to keep a book of all business cards that I thought I might need. I threw them all out when I got my iPhone. When I get a card now, I enter it once on what ever device is most handy, PC, iPad or iPhone into Contacts. Once the information is entered, it is available on all the other devices. No more synchronization problems. The same with corrections. No need to do it on all devices.
I also use my iPhone as an emergency camera. While decent, it does not replace my better cameras, but I always have a camera with me. My iPhone is my GPS and I always have a map with me.
The general use of my iPad is in the house or if we take a trip. While it doesn’t replace a laptop, it is fine for many things. It won’t fit in my pocket, so it doesn’t compete with the iPhone.
That reminds me. A WiFi router is required to get the most benefit out of the iPhone, iPad or laptop. The iPad will not connect to the Internet the same way your desktop does. If it did, I wouldn’t be able to be writing this on my sofa while watching CNN. The iPhone makes use of a WiFi connection if one is available and does not consume any of the data allowance your monthly contract provides.
In short, technology is a benefit if you have a use for it. If your only connection to the Internet is an occasional email, then you don’t need much. If you are a book reader and don’t use the Internet for entertainment, than any of the various ebook readers will do fine.
Technology is changing fast and the companies that don’t provide value in this competitive market are going to disappear. Nokia is on the ropes and the Blackberry is watching its obituary written each day.
Do you need this new technology. I can’t tell you. I could do without it, but my days would be a whole lot less enjoyable and less productive.