Mobile Computing

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If you were to ask someone 15 years ago what Mobile Computing was they would not of had an answer. Today Mobile computing is one of the most popular ways to use a computing device. Mobile computing is simply a term to describe accessing the internet on the go anytime, anyplace and anywhere. With devices becoming easier to use and more accessible mobile computing is becoming more and more popular every day. Take a look around you and you’re almost guaranteed to see someone on a mobile device checking a social network site and sending an e-mail. “Mobile computing will be the buzz of the next century. From our first breath, as soon as the umbilical cord is cut, the individual is free and untethered. To be tethered is unnatural and soon to be unnecessary for computing environments. Consumers want personalized wireless computing services while they are mobile, and companies want to make money offering those services. The infantile paradigm of mobile computing is opening up new markets never dreamed of before. We are presently at the cusp of the mobile multimedia era. Mobile computing has many advantages but also has many limitations.” (Helal, 2002)

Mobile computing is used today for a variety of different things such as Social networking, attending school, work, playing games, watching videos, reading books and anything else you could imagine doing on the internet. It is not only used for personal entertainment but many business use mobile computing to advertise and many other things. Imagine flying across the country before cell phones or other mobile devices. Now that mobile computing is so popular and easy to use you can send e-mails, take notes or use your device for pure entertainment while on the go. Many students today rely on mobile devices to take notes in school or even to attend school. Ashford University along with other schools have an app available on mobile devices to access the classroom anytime. This is something that has come in handy for a lot of people to include myself. Have you ever had to submit an assignment when you aren’t home or aren’t hard wired into the internet? This is where mobile computing can help, submit it from a phone or tablet.

Mobile computing is available on many different devices today such as a mobile smart phone like the IPhone or Blackberry. It is also available on tablets like the IPad, PDA’s and laptop computers. As the years pass, more and more mobile devices are being introduced with the mobile phone being the most popular.

Mobile computing has many advantages but also has many disadvantages. One of the biggest advantages of mobile computing is flexibility. You no longer need to stay plugged in because you can connect to the internet wirelessly. Obviously, this is the biggest feature of mobile computing. It is also portable, mobile computing devices can easily fit in your briefcase, purse or pocket. Another advantage of mobile computing is that you can save time. It allows you the ability to get your work done while on a long flight or in the waiting room at a doctor’s office. It allows you to be entertained by watching a video online anywhere and it also allows you to stay in touch with family and friends. You can send a text, email, check your facebook account or even do video calling from almost anywhere in the world. This is a huge advantage to me since I am in the military. Many times the military forces me to go overseas and be away from my family. With mobile computing, I can still contact my wife via video call and have a conversation while getting to see her at the same time. It is not as good as being there in person but it a huge step in the right direction and it is very helpful. While mobile computing is convenient and easy it still has a lot of disadvantages or limitations. Some of the limitations include bandwidth, most mobile devices run slower than other devices due to being connected wirelessly compared to a hard-wired cable connection. Power consumption...
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