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When mobile phones first came to be, they weren’t much more than portable phones that we could use to communicate with our friends and family while away from home. They’ve certainly come a long way, and our phones are now growing at exponential rates, rapidly replacing many of our other gadgets and accessories.

The smartphone’s ability to access a wide array of digital productivity applications is what truly makes it shine, adding to the device’s functionality. Nowadays, the smartphone can even be maximized as a digital note-taking tool, replacing bulky laptops and desktop computers at home. Information posted by the company behind mobile gaming platform Spin Genie shows that not only were there 1 billion smartphone users in 2012, but smartphone and tablet users bases were already expected to exceed PC and laptop user bases in 2013. Smartphones have enjoyed rapid, continuous growth, giving users the ability to connect to the internet, sync files and share content through a gadget that fit in the palm of their hand.

Added to that convenience is the intuitive nature of most touchscreen handsets, which makes up for a better user experience and enhanced navigation. These are some of the reasons why mobile devices are indeed a natural choice for students and professors alike in the education sector, according to EduTrends. However, with its limited screen size (as opposed to tablets and laptops) and its lack of built-in ergonomic keyboard, can smartphones still pass as your ultimate note-taking device?

Better and Near PC-Like Processor
It’s difficult to do work on a device that doesn’t have a superb processing power. Apart from getting a poor user experience, graphics intensive productivity tools and applications may not run properly. For digital note-taking, you need a smartphone that can run mobile tools with minimal to zero lag. In 2013, the mobile industry first experienced a shift from 32-bit to 64-bit computing. Pioneered by the iPhone 5s with its 64-bit A7 processor, users can now enjoy a true desktop experience. This inclusion will also enhance the device’s performance when multitasking.

A Handy and Portable Solution
Most people rarely have a pen or a notepad ready while on-the-go. For educators and students, a smartphone is your ultimate solution to increase productivity while you are running errands or away from home/school. There are a myriad of digital writing applications that you can maximize to document ideas.

Our favorite Evernote tool is also compatible with multiple mobile devices, apart from the web version and the iPad edition we’ve featured on our previous articles. Despite of the smaller screen size and available viewing space, you can still manage to access your stored files and offline web pages from your Evernote account.

Shep McAllister of Lifehacker also highlighted that the Evernote version for smartphones (Android and iOS) now allows its users to add web screenshots on their notepads through its mobile app extension called the EverClip. It’s the counterpart of Evernote Web Clipper we have on our PC browsers.

Omnipresent 4G LTE Ultrafast Technology
One significant feature of a mobile device that allows you to instantly share your notes and documents online is the innovative 4G LTE mobile internet. Using a cellular network, you can browse or download digital files to up to 150 megabits per second or upload your documents with a speed boost of 50 megabits per second. For teachers who are solely using their mobile device for writing their lecture notes, this inclusion will empower you to share your files to your colleagues and even students at a speed of light.

Cloud Technology
With cloud technology readily available on mobile devices, sharing files from your handset to all your other devices (PCs, Tablets, and laptops) and vice-versa is fast and highly organized. If you’re using a Google Drive application, you can start writing your lesson plan outlines on your cellular device and complete it later when you get back to the library or at home with its auto save and sync function. If you are running out of time, you can make a quick audio recording in lieu of digital notepad. Using third-party cloud services like Dropbox, you can instantly transfer the file directly to all your other devices in real-time.

For productivity purposes such as note-taking, smartphones are now powerful enough to pass as your stand-alone companion when at work. But, it still lacks the comfortable feeling you can achieve by using an actual computer keyboard. Have you tried relying on your smart device to accomplish similar task?