Your little one is here and you are all prepared, you have bought the super fancy buggy with the ability to slot in the car seat and the linked rain cover and everything seems perfect, but you realize that while the baby is completely taken care of on your walk, you are missing out on something that you have gotten extremely comfortable using – namely the Internet and all of its associated sites and locations like Facebook and Google. Let’s be honest – Facebook is to some extent where people live their lives. It gives friends and family in different parts of the world real time and easy access to the information that you choose to share about yourself and if there is anything that people like to share and talk about, it has to be about their new baby! However there are fortunately options now to rectify this lack of access!
Laptop with Dongle
The most capable option, a laptop has the same capabilities as the desktop computers of yesteryear that you grew up using. By combining this with a USB dongle you are able to gain access to the mobile broadband network enabling you to surf and browse the web while you are away from your regular Wi-Fi connection at home or the office. Broadband USB dongles are available from all of the major phone carriers and come in PAYG (Pay As You Go) and Monthly Contract options. A good place to see your options here with regards to price and features is Broadband Genie as it’s possible with new monthly contracts to not only get a free USB dongle, but maybe even a free laptop too! The only significant disadvantage to this option is the size and weight of the laptop itself – as while having a 15” screen is great for viewing different sites, it makes for a bulky unit that is not as easy to carry around.
The next option to consider in terms of size and functionality has to be the Tablet PC. These have been extremely popular since the introduction of the iPad (Apple’s iconic product) and its successor the iPad 2 as well as units running the Android operating system (Google’s competing operating system) like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Tablet PC’s are available in screens sizes from 5” up to 10” and while they are not as capable – yet – as the Laptops they are quickly becoming so and with continued development it is expected that they will eventually surpass Laptops and Netbooks. One of the great advantages to the Tablet PCs is that with the use of a micro SD card, you are able to access the Mobile Broadband network. Similar to the USB dongles mentioned earlier, if you sign up for a monthly contract you are able to take advantage of some significant discounts in your purchase of a Tablet PC.
Last but not least is the ubiquitous Smartphone – gadgets like the iPhone, Blackberry and HTC Desire. There are many options to choose from here, from touch screens to QWERTY keyboards depending upon your preference. Most Smartphone deals include a certain allocation of data transfer as part of the contract and while you can do almost everything on a Smartphone that you need, you will find that it is generally a little bit slower and the screen size does sometimes feel a bit restrictive.
Which is the best for you?
This does somewhat depend upon your needs of course and what you are planning on doing online. If you already have a phone, I would suggest that you look at the Tablet PC option as the screen size and speed is a good compromise between a Laptop and a Smartphone.
About the author: Rob Clymo writes on behalf of Broadband Genie and Mobile Phone Genie, the independent comparison websites for broadband, mobile broadband and smartphones.