Smartphones blur the line between cell phones and PDAs.

Think of a daily task, any daily task, and it’s likely there’s a specialized, pocket-sized device designed to help you accomplish it. You can get a separate, tiny and powerful machine to make phone calls, keep your calendar and address book, entertain you, play your music, give directions, take pictures, check your e-mail, and do countless other things. But how many pockets do you have? Not everyone can wear cargo pants everyday nor wants to wear them everyday! Handheld devices become as clunky as a room-sized supercomputer when you have to carry four of them around with you every day.

A smartphone is one device that can take care of all of your handheld computing and communication needs in a single, small package. It’s not so much a distinct class of products as it is a different set of standards for cell phones to live up to. Unlike many traditional cell phones, smartphones allow individual users to install, configure and run applications of their choosing. A smartphone offers the ability to conform the device to your particular way of doing things. Most standard cell-phone software offers only limited choices for re-configuration, forcing you to adapt to the way it’s set up. On a standard phone, whether or not you like the built-in calendar application, you are stuck with it except for a few minor tweaks. If that phone were a smartphone, you could install any compatible calendar application you like.

Cell phones and PDA’s are still the most common handheld devices today, but its not going to be that way much longer. The large smartphone adoption rate within the US has and will continue to pull users away from cell phones and PDA’s and direct them to better multitasking devices known as smartphones. Here’s a list of some of the things smartphones can do:
• Send and receive mobile phone calls – most smartphones are also WiFi capable
• Personal Information Management (PIM) including notes, calendar and to-do list
• Communication with laptop or desktop computers
• Data sync with applications like MS Outlook and Apple’s iCal calendar programs
• E-mail
• Instant messaging
• Applications such as word processing programs or video games
• Play audio and video files in some standard formats
• There are literally apps for almost everything

One application that shows great promise and is highly desirable is Mitek’s Gold Standard Mobile Remote Deposit application called Mobile Deposit. With this applicaition, you simply take a photo of the front and back of a check and submit it. It is super easy. With Mobile Deposit, you are given the ability to deposit a check from your smart phone from anywhere at anytime. The app essentially eliminates the mundane task of driving to the bank to deposit a check.

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