Lately, many have started to use their phone for tasks, for which they previously used a PC - including updating online spreadsheets etc. The PC features much better input and output devices (keyboard, mouse, screen), so why use the phone for these tasks? Here is a list of why it makes sense to use an typical Android phone instead of a Windows 7 laptop for many tasks:
* The laptop does not have built-in GPS, so location information cannot be used to assist tasks by searching locally, looking up addresses, providing context-dependent functionality etc.
* The laptop does not have a log over what has been done lately while away from the PC. So it does not know who the user has been talking to, where the user has been driving, which destinations/shops the user has looked up etc.
* The laptop cannot easily exchange information via SMS or MMS, so in order to quickly exchange a link to someone that you have just been talking to, things become a lot more complicated than if you just grab your android phone.
* The phone is always turned on and online. This means that some tasks are usually done on the phone, and even if the laptop should be online, it is easier to keep with the usual way of doing things.
* Both devices have reflective screens, but it is much easier to avoid reflections on the phone, because the laptop is more restrictive on work positions.
* It is much easier to take a picture of a piece of paper using the phone than a laptop's built-in webcam, besides the fact that the webcam usually does not have an adequate resolution. This means that some information simply starts being created on the phone, not on the PC.
* Windows does not have a market place that makes it easy to find productivity enhancing apps - and installing software on Windows is much more tedious, too.
* Windows does not sandbox applications. If you install the whiteboard photo & filtering & email app on Android, it cannot access your files, but it is not easy to prevent file access for a similar app for Windows.