Choose your Platform: Connect to Mobile Internet

We all want a lot more out of our home computers than was ever possible just a few short years ago, but as the technology improves and our need to stay connected on the go expands, we’re increasingly looking at the mobile side of things to keep us hooked up to the internet.

And, let’s face it; pretty much any platform that you decide to use will be able to provide you with most of your online needs. A Windows-based laptop or netbook connected up to mobile broadband makes perfect sense, and the large proliferation of wireless hotspots all over the place now also means you don’t even have to have a 3G dongle if you don’t want to.

However, alongside the predominance of the Windows platform, there is also stiff competition coming from other operating systems, most notably that of Android, which was developed by Google. This platform has now cropped up in everything from smartphones to tablet computers and all points in-between. It’s easy to see the appeal, as it’s simple, effective and certainly stable.

Connectivity is also a big part of the Android philosophy and, much like the recent Windows Phone 7 operating system that has appeared in mobile handsets, the clear focus is on users. Indeed, social networking has become the big thing for a lot of people so pick any mobile device these days and you’ll find it comes with plenty of tools for updating the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

But that’s just one aspect of the mobile connected devices that we use. In the case of a traditional laptop or netbook then it’s easy to see why many people are either sticking to these gadgets or at least using them alongside smartphones. You get a bigger screen and keyboard for starters, which means productivity is much easier. And, thanks to new technology coming through, mobile broadband is making Windows and other operating systems all the more crucial.

Take the MiFi, for example – this is a small plastic device a bit like a mobile broadband dongle that allows an account holder to share their mobile internet connection with up to five other users. That would have been unheard of not all that long ago. What’s more, it’s relatively inexpensive too; although bear in mind that your data allowance is divvied up between users.

So, anyone in your household who tends to download a lot of content might need a stern warning before you let him or her log in. Nevertheless, no matter if you’re of a Windows persuasion or some other platform, mobile and wireless technology is taking our computing use to new levels of sophistication.