Nowadays in the world of high technologies
Nowadays in the world of high technologies, there are numerous options how to make human life more convenient and easy. Every year we see the achievements of new technologies on the shelves of the shops and on the internet. There are completely new developments of the modern technological science and also we can see the improved and advanced variants of existing products. Some of new achievements supplement each other, and others substitute existing products. But still, owning professional camera cannot be substituted by the cell-phone camera - there is only an opportunity to make immediately photos with cell-phone.
In our research we would like to carry out brief comparison of mobile phones and personal computers. There are numerous discussions, concerning cell-phones and PC- if one of them would be able to substitute another completely or still both products would save their competitive advantages. We would like to compare overall options of these products and outline their unique competitive advantages.
Access to the internet: if we use PC – it is more convenient, there are more options to download and to apply the information and the price for traffic is significantly lower. Mobile access to the internet allows getting information immediately and wherever the customer is located (for sure, the one is limited by the signal covering),but the client is not limited by the wires or Wi-Fi covering; the price for getting information from the world wide web is expensive relatively to the PC access to the internet.
Calls: using PC allows getting calls from one PC to another for free- only access to the internet is paid. It is free, but needs additional device – headphones, microphone, web-camera and program installation (e.g. Skype). The disadvantage of such system is that both users should be near their PC or they should come to an agreement about the call beforehand. It is convenient if the telephone subscribers are located in different countries and the phone call costs valuable amount of money. In other case it is better to use cell-phone for making calls, because it is very convenient, cheap and mobile. Subscriber does not have to wait near the phone until someone calls.
Messages. If the user is willing to get the information via messages- text, picture or music- t is possible to use PC for that purpose- e-mail or social networks. It is cheap and allows sending or sharing information, saved in different formats. Using cell-phone to get SMS or MMS is another convenient variant – it allows getting information immediately and user does not have to look for the information in the system – one gets signalling.
PC is widely used in different organizations and for home use in order to work with some information, to operate in complicated programs, graphical and text editing program etc. Even if some alike options are presented in cell-phone, they cannot be applied for completing some documentation or keeping information.
Cell-phone, in turn, is also used by people and in organizations as the fastest way to find the needed person and to share the information. Because cell-phones have become the thing of individual using, phone number is often considered as the tool of person identification in different companies and establishments.
Finally, to our opinion these two technological achievements cannot be substituted by each other, even if they have got common and alike functions, because the key advantage of cell-phone is its mobility and the main strong point of PCC is the possibility to work in different programs simultaneously and to keep and work with information.
Alex Kreitman's Blog (2009) Mobile vs. Computer. [Online] (Updated 2 April 2010) Available at: http://kreitman.wordpress.com/2009/10/21/mobile-vs-computer/ [Accessed 24 October 2010].
Applediscussions (2010) Calendar Colours: Computer vs. Mobile Me (me.com) . [Online] (Updated 21 April 2010) Available at: http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=11649893 [Accessed 24 October 2010].
Learning Elearning (2007) Mobile vs computer literacy [Online] (Updated 15 June 2010) Available at: http://mportfolios.blogspot.com/2007/03/mobile-vs-computer-literacy.html[Accessed 24 October 2010].
Russell Buckley (2006) Mobile Vs Computer [Online] (Updated 12 July 2010) Available at: http://mobhappy.com/blog1/2006/03/21/mobile-vs-computer/ [Accessed 24 October 2010].