Mobile FAQs

With the mobile technology industry evolving at the speed of light, there are thousands of questions that consumers want to know the answers to. For the most part we have tried to address each of these throughout our website, however, below is a look at the few most common mobile FAQs. Keeping coming back though as we intend to add more as we go along.

What is the difference between 3G and 4G?

These are terms that are used to describe the standards of mobile telecommunications. Basically the G stands for “generation,” and the number designates which generation the technology corresponds to. 1 and 2G phones are obsolete; 3G users can send much larger amounts of data at much faster speeds, including visual data such as pictures and video. The current standard for 3G service is, theoretically, approximately 3.1Mbps throughput, though it is more usual to get speeds at 1 Mbps or lower due to conditions. In practical application, this means a 4 minute MP3 file can usually be downloaded in 1-2 minutes with good speeds. 4G, the next evolution of mobile communication, will theoretically give speeds of up to 100 times faster than 3G. Although Sprint and Verizon both have 4G networks up, they are not up to full function, and the network is normally called a 3.5G network.

What’s the difference between the Windows 7, Android and iPhone operating systems?

To put it simply, a computer or device’s operating system is the software and data framework that makes use of the computer’s hardware resources. There are several varieties of OS’s, and they all vary in their structure and application.

-Windows 7 is the most recent iteration of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which is used in Microsoft’s desktop and portable computers, tablets, and netbooks. Windows 7 was released in 2009 and has proven to be one of Microsoft’s most popular OS versions.

-Android OS is an operating system based on a different kind of framework than that of Windows, called Linux. Developed by Google, Android OS runs all of Google’s smartphones and mobile devices, with the most recent edition called Honeycomb being debuted on Motorola’s Xoom tablet computer.

-The operating system run on Apple’s iPhone is called iOS, a mobile version of its Mac operating system. IOS is run on not just the iPhone but also the new iPad.

The main difference between these operating systems is the functionality and ease of use – which comes down to preference – as well as the applications. There are now more than 300,000 applications for the iPhone, but there are still limitations due to their licensing. Trailing a little behind on this front are Microsoft, however, they do well to make up for it with user friendly widgets and hubs so that users can stay in control of everything. Lastly, Google are doing well with their new Android system, but there are big differences in some phone models due to different versions of the Android OS. Your best bet is to read reviews on the different mobile phones and their operating systems on this website for more detailed information on what each operating system can and can’t do.

What is a Smartphone?

A “smartphone” is a mobile phone that has more advanced computing and connectivity abilities and resources; they can almost be considered mobile phones merged with personal computers. They have their own operating systems (Android, Windows Mobile, and iOS for Apple are the three most popular) and can run advanced software such as Java. Many have docking stations to connect them with external keyboards and computers.

What are the best Smartphones for those on the Go?

The big names on the market nowadays are the Apple iPhone, the BlackBerry, the Motorola Atrix, the Samsung Galaxy, and the HTC Evo Shift 4G, according the internet ratings. They’re popular because they basically merge the capabilities of a PDA with a cell phone and have high processing and data speeds, all of which are important to those who need to work on the go. Emailing, calling, texting, faxing, uploading/downloading of content, scheduling, document management, and all manner of other tasks are within the sphere of these kinds of phones.

What Kinds of Accessories are Available for Smartphones?

This depends on the phone model, but generally all smartphones have wireless accessories such as hands-free Bluetooth headsets and earphones, wireless keyboards, computer docking stations, and external speakers and screens. One popular model, the HTC HD7, features a “kickstand” for propping it up in landscape mode for viewing movies and videos.

How do I get WiFi for my computer using my smartphone?

It’s possible to basically turn your smartphone into a wireless modem by “tethering” them via a cable, enabling your computer to access the internet through the phone’s WiFi connection. You will need to research your phone’s capabilities and your data plan’s restrictions, and find an application which will suit your needs, such as PDAnet, which is applicable across several platforms. The app will enable you to tether your laptop to the mobile phone via USB or Bluetooth.

What is a Tablet and how is it Different from a Notebook Computer?

A notebook computer is essentially a smaller, lighter version of a traditional laptop computer, normally featuring a fold-up display, keyboard, and all the capabilities of a PC computer, but portable. WiFi and wired internet is normally standard. Popular notebooks are made by Mac, Dell, HP, and Toshiba. A tablet, by contrast, is a one-piece device, a flat slab with a touch screen dominating the front. Tablets are fairly new on the market. Navigation, including typing, is done via touch, although many include a dock or USB port for a separate keyboard, and connectivity is almost always completely wireless, either via WiFi or 3/4G network, or a combination of the two. The Apple iPad, the Motorola Xoom, the Samsung Galaxy, and the HP Slate are the current big sellers.