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25 Feb 2009

The Mobile Device Selection Guide

In this productivity competitiveness era, mobile phone has become the most important and essential gadget of this decade. Selection of mobile phones is also crucial to individual. The right type of phone not only enhances one’s productivity but also brings great entertainment values.

There are four major platforms in which mobile devices adopt currently in the market. They are: Windows Mobile, Palm OS , Symbian OS & OEM Proprietary OS. With the advancement in mobile phone technology, irregardless of the OS/ platforms, most mobile phones are endowed with camera, music player, video player, internet access, office tools, 3G technology for video call and fast connectivity. These handsets include Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Eten, Dopod, Asus, Palm etc.

The most popular Mobile phone OS is Symbian OS. Within the Symbian OS, it has several series & edition. Nokia has its own Series whereas most of the mobile phones adopt 60 Series. Symbian OS series includes Nokia 30 Series, Nokia 40 Series, 60 Series, Nokia 80 Series, Nokia 90 Series, UIQ Series & N-Gage. Due to its wide range of series, the software compatibility is a major issue for such phone.

The next popular Mobile device OS is Window Mobile developed by Microsoft. This OS is less complex in terms of edition as compared with Symbian OS. It started of with WindowCE, WM2002, 2003, 2003SE, WM5.0 & the most recent WM6.0. Unlike Symbian OS, the various version of Window Mobile is the upgrade of the previous version. As such, some software running in older Window Mobile version is still compatible with the latest version of OS. Most importantly, almost all software is compatible to all Window Mobile OS operated devices. This gives a wide variety of software for Window Mobile OS operated devices.

Palm OS is used to be a very popular OS due to its low consumption in power & memory resource. With the emergence of wide range of Window Mobile devices and Smart phones from various manufacturers, coupled with the improved battery and memory technology, this has overcome the previous issues and concerns. There is also lots of software written for Palm OS, ranging from productivity to entertainment and no worry about the compatibility issue.

The least popular OS is the OEM-proprietary OS. This is a common practice adopted by manufacturer back in 1997 when the smart-phone technology is not that matured and standardized. The disadvantage of using this OS is the software. Most phones are not software upgradeable.

When thinking about the type of mobile device to buy, you need to think about what you will be doing with it. Will it merely be a device to organize contacts and daily activities? Will you need e-mail and Internet access? Will you want to use it to connect to a corporate LAN? Some models will go so far as to entertain you, letting you listen to audio books and music, read electronic books, view images and video clips, or play games. If you have specific needs, such as digital imagery, GPS navigation, or bar-code reader, you'll have to install third-party software in the market —as long as your device supports these capabilities. The more features you want, the more you'll pay.

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