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Remote work is a flexible employment arrangement in which employees do not commute to a central place of work operated by an employer, such as an office building, warehouse, or retail store. 
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It is facilitated by technology such as collaborative software, virtual private networks, conference calling, videotelephony, internet access, cloud computing, voice over IP (VoIP), and mobile telecommunications technology such as Wi-Fi-equipped laptops or tablets computers, smartphones, and desktop computers. Even before the global coronavirus pandemic, a good number of persons were working remotely with decent pay; most worked as freelancers. However, the coronavirus pandemic caused a greater number of persons to join the remote work cue due to the lockdown. It can be efficient and useful for companies since it allows workers to communicate over long distances, saving significant amounts of travel time and cost.  Common software used for remote work includes Zoom, Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Slack, and WhatsApp.

Pcs vs mobile phones

Work mode

PCs help remote workers do real work, so they connect from a device with a full-size screen and normal keyboard. Mobile users just want to do little bits of work, such as sending a quick email or checking a flight’s status. 
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While remote users want a full normal Windows desktop, mobile ones just want the data they need in an appropriate format for whatever device they’re using.


Personal Computer (PC) remote access involves accessing the primary office work environment. For example, remote desktop access allows IT managers to administer and monitor employees’ PC/Mac desktops and laptops.  In contrast, mobile remote access functions as a convenient way to access work data and applications from anywhere. 


Remote access can be provided by products that provide a “full Windows experience,” such as VDI, Terminal Server, LogMeIn, GoToMyPC or a local laptop.  But mobile access is best provided via something like an Android, BlackBerry or Apple iOS device running native apps built for the device such as Android’s mail client and SalesForce for iPhone.


Mobile phones are lighter than PCs, no doubt. For instance, the remote worker would find it easier carrying a mobile phone to a relaxation centre to work than carrying a PC. 
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PCs cannot be slid into the pocket as mobile phones can. The remote worker would need to carry it in a bag and depending on the user’s choice, carrying a bag around doesn’t seem comfortable. 

Storage Capacity

PC’s have more storage capacity than mobile phones. If the remote work doesn’t involve working with large volumes of data, then this shouldn’t be a problem.


In terms of software performance and processing speed, mobile phones cannot match PCs. PCs have more powerful software than mobile phones, so they require more processing speed and higher performance to process their data.

Battery life

On average, mobile phones have a longer battery life than PCs. It all boils down to the nature of the remote work being done but the above contrast can help remote workers choose a suitable device for their work. Featured Image Source: The Web Tier
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This article was first published on 6th May 2022


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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