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Lesson 5. Using High-Tech Tools and Software - Pg. 21

21 Chapter 5. Using High-Tech Tools and Software In this lesson, you will learn how to turn the gadgets of early twenty-first-century technology into powerful organization tools. High-Tech Tools This era of explosive growth in information technology has had phenomenal impact on our lives, at home and at work. Today's tools have dramatically increased worker productivity and the ability to communicate in manners considered unimaginable only 10 years ago. Cell Phones Cell phones are convenient and portable, weighing from 2 ounces to 4 pounds. The most well- known brands include Ericsson, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Sanyo, and Samsung. Prices are associated with three types of technology: analog, digital, or digital PCS, and cellular service that you lease. Analog phones are the cheapest and oldest models. You can get them free with the service, but digitals, today's more common technology, can cost as much as $75 to $300. A monthly service can be had for around $15. Finally, digital PCS is the latest technology, using a higher-bandwidth frequency than its predeces- sors. The cost of this phone can range from $50 to $200, and monthly phone service costs about $15. It is important to note that monthly cell phone services will vary from one place to the next, but the price trend is moving downward because competition in the cell phone service industry is in- tense . Desktop Computers Nowhere is the rapid evolution of information technology more evident than in desktop or personal computers. By the time you read this book, there will be bigger and faster models on the store shelves everywhere. PC World, one of the most respected consumer magazines about computers, categorizes these computers by power, midrange, budget, and home PC models. The major distinctions are in pro- cessor speed, hard drive space, amount of RAM, and add-on hardware devices. Caution Most PCs come with a standard-size monitor. If you spend many hours a day at the com- puter, get a 19-inch monitor, even if it means an upgrade. It's worth it to avoid eyestrain. Today's personal computer characteristics are as varied as the three major categories--power, midrange, and budget.