“Research has found that smart phones are affecting productivity, communication in the work place, social engagement, and have an effect in education”.I will be comparing the 2 most popular smartphones.
I Disagree. Studies have found that Blackberry users in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America save an average of an hour a day or 5 hours a week when using smartphones for critical tasks like e-mail. (RIM) With as much as 50% of small business employees in Europe classified as mobile workers, the mobile smartphone industry is keeping pace with the growing number of time-saving features they are adding to the smartphones. This made up time increases productivity in the work place.
Apple’s iPhone on the other hand is also designed with productivity in mind.
There is a wealth of applications that focus on productivity. These include stock market apps, tasks and memos as well as wireless presentation apps.
The iPhone being BlackBerry’s main competitor has had to turn focus to the duties that BlackBerry does so well. That being business. With electronic memo handouts via BlackBerry Enterprise Server it has had to add similar features.
Thus we can see Apple and Research In Motion going head to head in productivity and communication offerings. It’s all about doing as much as possible in the least time.
We see here that Android (Google) devices are starting to win this war with BlackBerry coming in 2nd.
Just a few statistics. Nielsen report that 31% of US mobile phone owners have a smartphone as of December 2010, and expect smartphones to become the majority by the end of 2011. eMarketer predicts that smartphone ownership will reach 43% of the US mobile population by 2015. The same company expects US sales of smartphones to grow from 67 million in 2010 to 95 million in 2011, and become the highest-selling consumer electronic device category. Morgan Stanley Research estimates sales of smartphones will exceed those of PCs in 2012.
Now ofcourse business is seperate from socialising for leasure. It is found that smartphone owners can keep up with their social life easier because productivity is taken care of. However this is not always face to face but a meeting can easily be arranged via the mobile device. It creates time.
Smartphones in Education. Apple has a huge library of apps that make education easier. They in fact have a dedicated portal called iTunes U. This includes podcasts and practice exams. BlackBerry has offered applications via BlackBerry App World for some time now with similar products. Voice memos are a breeze on this phone. Education is now easier than ever before with mobile access to any online resource.
CONCLUSIONS Productivity has increased as technology has gotten better. Smartphones aren’t popular for nothing. Communicating in the workplace better and quicker has led to increased productivity. Mobile devices give us a thousand new ways to socialise. Dedicated to education these smartphones are an instant winner. Case Closed.