Can I Use a Smartphone for Genealogy?
That's An App Thursday Series
What is a Smartphone?
Basically, a Smartphone is a handheld personal computer, a digital camera, a video player, a portable music player, and a mobile phone.
Why would anyone want a contraption like that?
Well, if you enjoy doing the following, then perhaps you would NOT like a Smartphone:
But? If you don’t enjoy any of the above situations and if you are ready to become more efficient in your research - both doing it and sharing it - then stick around. A Smartphone can help in these situations and so many more. [Lots more.]
Apps Are the Secret
The reason the Smartphone has so much functionality to it is because of what’s called a 3rd party Application that can run on it, also called an ‘App’. The developers of these Apps are quite clever and have created so many nifty tools that can be applied to genealogical and family history research. [Some of those developers didn’t even know they were helping us genealogists out.]
There are several types of Smartphones and they all run on operating systems that allow it to run its applications. Apple's iPhone runs on the iOS, Blackberry runs on the Blackberry Operating System, and there are various brands that run on Google's Android Operating System. I’m not going to get into the differences between them because that’s not the point of this post. The point is to convince you that a Smartphone can be very helpful to in your research, and dare I say, life. [How am I doing?] Hopefully, I've interested you enough to come back next week for the 1st app spotlight.
Additionally in deciding on a Smartphone, a big consideration should be which one has the apps that you’d like to use. And that’s the point of this series. I'll be presenting a new app each week, explaining how to use it, and how it can be applied to doing and/or sharing your research. I'll also let you know what operating systems it is available for.
Already have a Smartphone, but you haven’t ventured past email and Facebook? Tell me which App you’d like me to spotlight in this series. Or do you have some research difficulties that you think an App can help you with, but you don’t know how to use it?
Let me know. Comments are always welcome and strongly encouraged. [Really.]
Also, if you are a Smartphone user who has a favorite app that you use in your research, and you'd like to guest post for this series, contact me. [Especially if you have an Android-based Smartphone. Mine is an iPhone.]
10/13/2011 10:26:42 am
Great idea for a series! My phone got wonky yesterday and today because of HandSent, which I have now deleted, but oh the pain of those periods of time when I couldn't jump on HootSuite or browse through Google Reader. Can't wait for your next post!
10/13/2011 06:48:46 pm
Great idea for a series! Can I assume you're keeping it smart-PHONE specific rather than venturing in to the iPad realm?
10/15/2011 11:10:00 am
I just got my first smart phone (Android) a few weeks ago and I'm looking forward to learning it's tricks!
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