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EssentialJen's Essentials - The Desktop Version

Hands typing on a laptop keyboard

Given the choice, I almost always take to my keyboard so I can use the desktop version.

I like my iPhone. A LOT. But it definitely has a place in my tech arsenal, and it's for staying connected on the go. It's great for quickly checking and responding to emails, looking up necessary info while out and about, and passing the time by scrolling Facebook while waiting in line at the grocery store. I don't see it as a replacement for my computer, and I don't use it for anything intensive unless I'm in a tough situation and I absolutely must.

I've run across many people that don't feel the same. I'm often flabbergasted at the things that people attempt to do on their phones on the regular: filling out complicated forms, signing contracts, or even editing Word and Excel files. These same people are regularly frustrated and complain to me that "the website isn't working," "my form won't go through," or "there's something wrong with the document," when in reality, what they're trying to do is better suited for the desktop version. Why is that? Here are a few reasons:

  • Desktop applications often run faster and more smoothly than their mobile counterparts. They can tap into the full processing power of your computer, leading to quicker load times and smoother operation.

  • Desktop applications frequently offer a broader range of features and customization options. This level of versatility is often absent in mobile versions due to screen size limitations and simplified interfaces.

  • On desktop, users can more easily work on complex documents, switch between applications, or perform tasks requiring precision.

  • Using a physical keyboard and mouse has advantages. These input methods often enhance productivity, reduce typing errors, and provide finer control compared to touchscreens.

  • Not every website is built to be mobile-friendly. You might fill out a long form or application and get all the way to the end only to have it error out on you because it doesn't play nicely on mobile.

While mobile applications offer unparalleled convenience and mobility, there are times when opting for the desktop version is the smarter choice. By recognizing the strengths of both platforms, you can make informed choices to maximize your productivity and efficiency. Personally, I see the desktop version as the powerhouse for the majority of my tasks, and the mobile version as a way to stay connected on the move.


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