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Personal Smart Devices. Agenda. Introduction What is a Smart Device Types of Smart Devices Why have a smart device Factors when buying a device Questions. Types of Smart Devices. Phone (Apple iPhone, Samsung Note II, etc)

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Personal smart devices

Personal Smart Devices




What is a Smart Device

Types of Smart Devices

Why have a smart device

Factors when buying a device


Types of smart devices

Types of Smart Devices

Phone (Apple iPhone, Samsung Note II, etc)

Tablet (Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Amazon Kindle Fire, etc)

E-Readers (Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, etc)

Televisions (Sony Google Television, Samsung Interactive TV, etc)

Blu-Ray Players


Why have a smart mobile device

Why have a smart mobile device

  • Phone and PDA all-in-one

  • Ability to access data (email, contacts, calendar, Internet)

  • Added functionality (Camera, GPS, Bluetooth, Music player, mobile hotspot, etc)

  • Applications improve productivity (kids, students)

  • App usage over web browser

  • Harder to find “dumb phones”

  • Partial laptop replacement

    • Not for word processing, not for video/graphic editing

  • Great for travelling, lightweight, only needs internet connection

  • Tablets – Great educational tool for young kids

Factors when buying a device

Factors when buying a device

Operating System



Storage / Battery

3G / 4G


Phone Design / Size

Keyboard / Screen

Carrier Plans (voice, data, messaging)

Operating systems

Operating Systems

Apple iOS

Google Android

RIM Blackberry OS

Windows Mobile




Ability to access email at all times




Microsoft Exchange

Ability to sync email, contact, calendar, tasks, notes



Capable movie players (tablet)

Capable music players (smartphone/tablet)

Streaming Media (Youtube, ESPN, Pandora, Netflix, Amazon VOD, etc)

Voice Recording apps

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, MySpace

Storage battery

Storage / Battery

  • Storage calculated in GB (gigabytes)

    • 1000 MB – 1GB

  • Used for apps, pictures, videos

  • Internal Storage vs External Storage

  • microSD card expansions

  • iDevices – no storage expansions

  • Recommended – 16GB

  • iDevices – no battery removal

  • Average battery life ~ > 1day (depending on usage)

3g 4g

3G / 4G

GSM (ATT & T-Mobile)

CDMA (US Cellular, Verizon & Sprint)

Europe & Asia uses GSM

3G and 4G run at different frequency

4G – high speeds

4G – not everywhere

4G – battery life drain (some older devices)

Camera video camera

Camera / Video Camera

Front / Back Facing Camera

Front facing used for web meeting apps (Skype, Facetime)

Back facing used for general picture taking

Recommended resolution – 5 megapixel (back facing)

Popular camera apps – Instagram & Pixl-o-matic

Phone design size

Phone Design / Size

  • Slider Phones – Keyboard hidden behind screen (slides out)

  • Candy-bar phones – Sturdy, cuboid shape

  • Size of phones – manufacturer dependant

    • iPhone 5 – 4inch

    • Samsung Galaxy III – 4.8inch

    • Samsung Galaxy Note II – 5.5inch

  • Tablets –

    • iPad – 9.7inch

    • iPad mini – 7inch

    • Samsung Galaxy Tab – 7inch / 10inch

    • Kindle Fire HD – 7inch

    • Google Nexus – 7inch / 10inch

Keyboard screen

Keyboard / Screen

Physical Keyboard

Virtual keyboard

Don’t Text & Drive

Gorilla Glass (unscratchable)

Gesturing – Pinching, swiping

OLED / Retina / LCD displays

Accessories for tables (soft touch pens, bluetooth keyboards)



  • Major Carriers

    • ATT

    • Verizon

    • Sprint

    • T-Mobile

  • Regional

    • US Cellular

    • MetroPCS

    • Cricket

  • Plans (individual vs family)

    • Minutes vs data vs messaging

  • Data plans ~ $30 (required for smartphones)

Mobile applications or apps

Mobile Applications or Apps

What are apps?

Wikipedia - A mobile application (or mobile app) is a software application designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices

Free vs Paid

Apple App Store, Google Play, Windows Phone Market, Blackberry App World

Reduce the need to use a browser

Mobile applications or apps1

Mobile Applications or Apps



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