How to Turn Your Smart Phone Into a Mobile Computer

Want to get more from your mobile phone and impress everyone who sees it at the same time? Want to liberate yourself from carrying around a cumbersome netbook or laptop and instead rely on something that would fit into a fanny pack? Well if you own a smart phone, and if you're smart yourself, then you can do just that by turning it into a tiny portable computer. Here we will look at how to do that and how to get a lot more from your smart phone in the process.

 Hardware

First of all you need to think about what the current limitations of your smart phone are. What is it that prevents you from using it as a computer right now? Why is it that you can't do your job from it?

The first answer to this question is likely to be the input device – and for most people typing on a touch screen is just too fiddly and too slow and this also covers up half the screen with a keyboard meaning that you can't really see what you're doing easily.

The solution to this problem is very simple – you just need a hardware keyboard. Well thanks to modern technology this is very much possible using a bluetooth connection to sync which will then allow you to type quickly on your phone and to even use it as a controller for playing games. Meanwhile this will free up space on your phone so that you can write documents, play games and more.

You will still have the problem this way however of having to balance your phone flat on the table next to you and having to crane your neck over it to see what you're doing. This is why it's important to also invest in a stand. These can be tiny and highly inexpensive but they greatly enhance the experience by allowing you to lean back and watch a film or to type normally as though you were on a laptop.

Software

But with these things in place you will still be relatively limited in what you can do as you will still be struggling with the more basic phone software. That then is where you need to look into the best possible software to get more from your device.

To start with then you will probably want a productivity suit to allow you to access and edit your Word files etc. There are many of these available for both iPhone and Android. For instance one great example is Documents to Go, while QuickOffice Pro will also provide you with most of what you need.

But still, even with these apps installed, you aren't going to get the same productivity from a phone as you can get from a Windows computer right? Well actually there are a few ways you can get the exact same from your phone computer as you can from your computer. All you need for this is a piece of software that will allow you to sync your computer and your phone so that your phone becomes a controller and external monitor for your computer. If you use the incredible SplashScreen app for this purpose, then you will be able to view your entire computer screen on your phone and even stream sound and video. The video in fact streams so well, that you can actually use this as a way to watch your entire library of films on the go.

Amit Kumar is a very tech savvy person and he also writes technology blogs.

 

2 thoughts on “How to Turn Your Smart Phone Into a Mobile Computer

  • March 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm
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    I have a droid 4 from verizon. Will be leaving verizon soon. Is it possible to completely reprogram the droid 4 to turn it into a hand held computer? I will not be using it to make calls, use internet, or text messages. Just need it to compute/ view documents, run microsoft office etc. up/download files via USB cable from my laptop. Is this possible? I would be willing to pay for this software. Thanks.

  • March 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm
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    The droid 4 has slide out keypad and voice recognition to text.

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