Five Reasons an iPhone 6 Plus Could Replace Your Laptop

Mightycall Team
Mightycall Team
10 October 2014 Tips and Tricks

Updated:
{19 October 2016}

In our age of high speeds and the abundance of information you need to remain connected at all times, especially in business. Being away from your desk is no longer an excuse for delayed communication. Often, for a short business trip you need nothing more than your iPhone 6 plus. Of course, sometimes, to be fully prepared, you may have to pack a laptop, a tablet, another smartphone, not to mention multiple chargers and accessories. But sometimes you have to choose – iphone iPhone or laptop.

In this article we are going to cover the following topics:

  • whether you can use your iPhone as a desktop computer;
  • iPhone vs Laptop: pros and cons
  • pros and cons of tethering your iPhone to your laptop

Last time when I went on a business trip I had a choice which device to take along: a phone or a computer. After much thought I decided to take only my iPhone 6 plus. I found that in this competition – iPhone vs laptop – the iPhone has some undeniable advantages.

Benefits of using your iPhone as desktop computer

If your small business dealings on the road are mostly phone calls, email and text messages, the iPhone 6 Plus could be all you need.

Here are the pros I was able to find:

  1. The screen is big enough for (some) work. With the iPhone 6 Plus, I’ve got a 5.5-inch screen — nearly the size of some small tablets. Sure, it’s not nearly as big as a laptop screen. But for some tasks, like email, Web browsing, and light document edits, it’s big enough.

    The recently -appeared iPhone 7S will become the owner of even more diagonal screen. As the protection of the display will apply the sapphire glass, long been proven as extremely reliable and durable material. To solve the problem of bending of the body, the so-called #Bendgate, presumably as the basis for the body will be taken from the liquid metal.

    iPhone 7S has 2 times more twice as much memory than as its predecessor. Also the model gets a 64-bit A8 Quadcore processor A8 Quadcore. It is equipped with advanced rechargeable battery made in new technology, with the result that the unit will operate at full load longer than its predecessor.

  2. Apple makes good use of the larger screen. For example when I view email in the Mail app in landscape mode on an iPhone 6 Plus, the on-screen keyboard expands with new function keys. Also, you can simultaneously view a list of messages in a pane at left and read a selected message on the right, just like on an iPad. Apps from other developers, in time, will take full advantage of the Plus’ plus-sized screen.

    Tip: The added perk of viewing and editing from your phone is that you’ll get the viewing perspective that much of your audience is already using. With mobile views surpassing desktop views, it’s a smart move to use those same channels.

  3. There are plenty of handy apps for work. For instance, Microsoft has three full applications: Word for documents, Excel for spreadsheets and PowerPoint for presentations.

    Surprisingly they work really well on iPhone. While I wouldn’t want to create an iPhone 6 app presentation from scratch, I could certainly see editing one.

    All these apps have very simple and concise interface that makes it easy to manage the usual features on a small smartphone display. Working on iPhone, I can choose between the real document layout or an easy-to-read layout. I can also edit almost all the raw tools available in the standard software versions for the PC.

    Google has similar apps which can become a good alternative to the products of Microsoft.

    Printing out an e-mail, a presentation or another document is also not a problem: plenty of offices have wireless printers, so I can do it directly from my phone.

    Tip: Apps like Splashtop make it easy to remotely access your Windows PC or Mac from your phone.

  4. It’s easy to access files from the cloud. Obviously, the storage on your iPhone 6 Plus won’t match your laptop’s capacity. But it doesn’t need to, as long as you store files in Dropbox (my favorite), OneDrive, Google Docs, or another cloud-storage service. As long as you’ve got an Internet connection, you can easily access (and edit) those files on your iPhone and get to work.

    True story: Last Black Friday, while stuck in a long cash-register queue, I used my iPhone to grab an article from Dropbox I’d been working on. By the time I reached the register, I’d made the necessary edits (using Apple’s Pages app) and had emailed the file to my editor.
  5. There are some great external keyboards. If you hope to be really productive, you’ll need an external keyboard. The best I’ve used so far is Microsoft’s new Universal Mobile Keyboard($80), which is nicely compact but roomy enough for fast typing. It connects to iOS, Android and Windows devices via Bluetooth.

    Tip: Many airlines disallow Bluetooth use in flight (but don’t frequently enforce the policy). If this concerns you, consider Macally’s Lightning Wired Keyboard ($60), which connects via your iPhone’s Lightning connector port.

The Compromises iPhone vs laptop: pros and cons

On my experience, I realized that, of course, the ideal option would be to take both a laptop, and an iPhone. In fact, if I have my normal workload, while traveling, leaving the laptop at home isn’t even an option. What are you giving up if you travel solo with your iPhone?

A big laptop screen, of course. Multitasking is much more limited as well. On my MacBook Air, I can jump back and forth between multiple open Word files; that’s not going to happen on an iPhone. I’ve also run into significant limitations when trying to input content into a content management system (CMS) via the iOS Safari browser, as some CMSes don’t fully support that browser.

I wouldn’t want to spend multiple consecutive hours working on my iPhone 6 Plus. Not to mention how tired of this your eyes get and how vision deteriorates. If it is already imperfect, you can earn a serious headache from eye strain after a few hours of work.

In addition, when you travel with many devices, the risk that they will run out or fail all at the same time is minimal. But if you only have one iPhone, you risk being left entirely without communication with the outside world in that case, if the battery suddenly sits down or you drop it on the pavement and break it.

Tethering iPhone to laptop

When you take both devices (laptop and iPhone for example ), they are very convenient to use together. If you’re out and about and there’s no free Wi-Fi available, you can use your iPhone’s internet connection on another device, like a laptop or tablet. This feature is called “Personal Hotspot” on the iPhone (also known as “tethering”), and you can use it over Wi-Fi or USB.

Indeed, in this case, it is always possible to connect your iphone iPhone to your laptop and use the gadget that will be more convenient in a given situation. For example, sync the iPhone to the laptop and download photos and pictures, transfer music from laptop to iPhone and always stay connected.

Of course, when you use your iPhone as a data connection, you are using your mobile data plan and as such, if you have a data cap, then it will count towards that. If you have unlimited data or a large cap, then this might not trouble you, but you’ll otherwise want to be mindful of what you’re using your computer for when connected to your iPhone as a hotspot. That’s something that slipped my mind during my trip, and I exceeded my data cap, which was a very unpleasant surprise.

Even if you have unlimited data, there’s a good chance you have a limited amount of tethering data — or, at least, high-speed tethering data. Your carrier may charge you extra if you need more.

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