Smart Phone or Tablet?

Monday, February 14, 2011


The days of journalists using paper and pencil to communicate news are long gone. Now journalists can use smart phones and tablet computers to get news out when it happens.

My question is which tool is more effective for journalists to use?

In my opinion a smart phone is the best choice for the job.

Smart phones can go anywhere because they fit so nicely in a person's pocket.

When news breaks the phone can be whipped out. Using the Internet a story can be upload to Twitter, another social networking site and a website. This works well with a touch smart phone.

I understand that tablets like the Galaxy Tab and the iPad are becoming a tool more and more journalists are using but I wonder what is the benefit over smart phones?

On one hand more notes can be taken than with a phone and tablets are lighter than a laptop. But on the other hand it would seem inconvenient to take a tablet everywhere.

To me I can't justify a tablet when all I see it as is another computer.

My vote is for a smart phone that can go any and everywhere.

What about you?



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1 comments:

Tess Myer February 15, 2011 at 9:50 PM  

I agree that pencil and paper will soon, no longer exist, for note taking in the future. We saw that at the conference on Feb. 4th when people were using their laptops to take notes. I personally think that tablets will be more famous considering they will be easier to work with, because they are larger. Smart phones are to small and I can see people making mistakes because of the size issue with the smart phone.

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