Liane Cassavoy is your About.com guide to cell phones and smartphones. She has been reviewing and writing about phones and all sorts of gadgets for PC World magazine since late last century.
Liane joined the staff of PC World back when the Internet and cell phones really didn't get along. How far things have come since then!
She began her career in technology journalism writing news stories and product announcements for PCWorld.com, but moved to the reviews department after a few years. A love affair with phones blossomed quickly. She worked with the magazine's test center to implement lab testing and official rankings of cell phones and smartphones.
As a freelance journalist, Liane has written about business issues and products for Entrepreneur Magazine, where she was a contributing columnist. She also is the author of two business start-up guide books, which were published by Entrepreneur Press.
Liane graduated from Boston University's College of Communications with a Master's Degree in Journalism. She graduated with distinction, and, while a graduate student there, she won second prize in magazine writing competition sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists.
My first cell phone was so big it came in a bag. Not a shopping bag, mind you, but an actual leather case that was attached to the base and held the assorted (and sizable) parts of the phone. I think the only thing it was good for was dropping calls. Sending e-mail or browsing the Web on it was never even a consideration.
Now, I'm never without my smartphone in my pocket. I use it to check e-mail, take photos, listen to music, browse the Web, and get directions. I rely on it more than my computer. I'm always amazed at how much you can do with your phone, and by the newer and more impressive models that continue to appear. The best part of my job is that I get to play with them constantly!