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A pocket computer phone is a mobile device that combines the size and functionality of a cellular telephone with the power of a fully operational computer. Using very small electronics, the hand-size device is just as powerful as some desktop systems and many laptops. It can run standard operating systems and software and contains a number of components that grant it the ability to connect to wireless networks and interface like a standard computer. A pocket computer phone can run a wide range of standard software without modification, so it comes as no surprise that it is able to run advanced cell phone software, making it a powerful combination of the two.
One of the primary uses for a pocket computer phone is to allow full Internet access wherever the user is. This includes the ability to run custom programs. The web browser software is the same unmodified version that is seen on full-size computers, and there is no loss of functionality when browsing.
In a professional capacity, the device gives the user the ability to run the same programs that are in an office network setting. This means all of the programs, and possibly data, that are available in a home office will be available anywhere the device is taken. This can be useful for those who regularly work in the field, such as surveyors or inspectors. They will not have to use custom devices or toned-down programs to record and process data. Instead, they are able to use the exact same programs in the field as they would in the office.
The networking ability of a pocket computer phone means that, if an office is set up correctly, the device can be synchronized effortlessly with company servers. Permitting the free exchange of data between a secure pocket computer phone and a company’s servers creates an office environment in which employees are not tied to a specific workstation but can instead move as needed while still having access to necessary information. This could be a system used in a setting such as a warehouse, where inventories could be directly inputted from the floor as employees move through the space.
On its own, the device cannot truly replace a laptop or a full-size computer. Most of the models available feature very small keyboards that would become cumbersome over time if large documents were typed on them. The screens also are small and could strain the eyes after a while.
As a phone, a pocket computer phone operates much like a standard cell phone. One large difference is that, with a full operating system in the background, the cell phone could interface with the Internet simultaneously. This could give some users the option of using voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) instead of having to sign up with a major cell phone provider. Integrating Internet access with a cell phone could lead to hybrid applications that remove the line between the two devices.