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Old 16. Dec 2012, 10:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Smartphones are more important to young adults in the U.S. and three other countries than laptops, desktops or tablets, according to a survey of 1800 18- to 30-year-old users in 18 countries.
I'm an old adult and my smartphone's screen is too small for elderly eyes to use as a replacement for a PC but I am finding that my iPad is getting a lot of use.

How about you? Are mobile platforms a major way for you to do computer activities?
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Old 17. Dec 2012, 01:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use my smart phone in a pinch, when I'm out and about, but like you, I find it's screen way too small. Plus, I've got 3G and it's slow....

I also have an iPad, but I don't like it a whole lot more. I use it in bed or if I'm too lazy to go downstairs to my PC, but give me a PC anyday over either my smart phone or my iPad.
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Old 17. Dec 2012, 02:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think smartphone is a must-have item. On top of phone calls and sms'es, it doubles up as a computer allowing you to check/send emails, and many other things that you can do on a PC.

If you need a large screen, a tablet suits the purpose. It can connect to a full-size keyboard wired or wirelessly for heavy typing, or even to a large LCD or TV screen for watching videos or playing games.

Like what's happened that notebooks eating into the desktop market, I'm sure tablets are now eating into the notebook market.

Personally I don't feel a desktop PC is a must-have item now, rather a smartphone is, and the next is tablets, followed by a notebook and a desktop last.

What do I have at home in a small family? These are the gadgets being used now:
  • 5 smartphones
  • 3 tablets
  • 2 notebooks
  • 1 desktop
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Old 17. Dec 2012, 07:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I don't think smartphones are there yet, to replace the PC. I would take a PC over smartphone any day. Smartphones do have the advantage of being handy, and easier to carry anywhere. Earlier, I think if a phone had extra features besides calling, and messages, then they were a bonus. Now, I think the calling and messages are the bonus in the smartphones .

Smartphones do make life easier by giving us alternatives to do our activities on like checking the mail, browsing, and different other things that you would do on a PC. But, working on a smartphone is cumbersome. The screen is small, and the work area too is limited and small. Not good for working long time. Also, the zooming in and out constantly is bothersome too.

It's not a full featured replacement yet. I can access my mail on the smartphones browsers, yea, but some features like able to multiple select the mails, or have access to different folders, etc, are not there. Atleast not on the email service I use. For that, I have to access a PC.

Smartphones can be called a portable PC you can carry anywhere, but it's not ready to replace the actual PC yet, and doubt it ever will. The apps too are not so full featured as the software on the PC. Neither is the hardware there yet, nor the software.

Although tablets do have ability to replace notebooks, because they are developing constantly, and have comparable hardware and screen to notebooks. They are indeed eating into the notebook market I think.
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Old 18. Dec 2012, 12:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I also would take a PC over a smartphone any day, it's mad i love my Android phone so much but at the same time i often feel like throwing it out the window out of frustration not because i don't understand how to use it, not that reason at all but i just find it limited very limited compared to my beloved and well used PC .
I suppose if all a person does is tweet and 'facebooking' while sharing photos on instragram or whatever it's called then a smartphone is great but I want to actually 'DO' stuff with my tech , make things/ create things/ learn stuff , broader my mind you know what i mean, so it's a PC ( with a mouse ha ha , i have a touchpad laptop and still use my mouse with it) all the way.
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Personally I don't feel a desktop PC is a must-have item now, rather a smartphone is, and the next is tablets, followed by a notebook and a desktop last
I don't personally agree with this. I would always put the desktop at number 1 and the rest in whatever order you like. Especially for my needs. For the majority of people, if you took away the desktop and left the rest, they would feel the impact greater than if they took away any of the others. Laptops and desktops, that's debatable depending on your needs, but I still feel the majority would feel the loss of the desktop more than a laptop. I, for one, could not run the software for my job on a laptop, nor play the few games I do without lag. The huge gaming community would never own a laptop over a desktop if given the choice.

Smartphones and tablets I still see as luxuries and I would never own a tablet/smartphone and not a laptop or desktop and I'm pretty sure most people would be the same.
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I don't use a desktop, but I use my laptop like one...

I see laptops/desktops to be the same thing, a computer with a full OS that allows for heavy processing

phones/tablets are nice but can't handle heavy processing yet. Even if their processors clock in at low end computer speeds, because they have no hardware keyboard, typing on them quickly/with both hands is hard/impossible. Also can't open multiple windows for working/researching. This is getting somewhat fixed with galaxy note's side by side windows but it isn't great.
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phones/tablets are nice but can't handle heavy processing yet. Even if their processors clock in at low end computer speeds, because they have no hardware keyboard, typing on them quickly/with both hands is hard/impossible. Also can't open multiple windows for working/researching. This is getting somewhat fixed with galaxy note's side by side windows but it isn't great.
Technology is advancing pretty fast. There're quite a few models which are tablet convertibles now in the market. They are two-in-one; you can call it a tablet or a notebook, which has a flip-able screen or fully detachable screen. Most tablets come with bluetooth built in and can be easily connected wirelessly to an external full size keyboard for heavy typing.

The desktop PC has more years in development than other devices mentioned here, but it has a big disadvantage as it is not portable. It's suitable for setting up in a fixed place - desktop. This disadvantage is made good by notebooks and tablets. A desktop PC still has its place but its market share has been reducing as people are having more choices for other computing devices anytime than before.

How about 2-in-1 for phones and tablets? Yes, I think the latest "PadFone 2" is a good idea but I've not tried it.

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How about 2-in-1 for phones and tablets? Yes, I think the latest "PadFone 2" is a good idea but I've not tried it.
Also called "phablets". Samsung offers one via Verizon that is supposed to be quite good.
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Old 19. Dec 2012, 09:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I have an 'almost' smartphone. It is a Palm Centro which I have had for several years (as in too many to remember!) and it meets my needs for both voice and text. For that it is convenient and useful. A free email and office application came with it and I have never used it. The only internet search I do regularly on the Palm is on Google maps as my car has no sense of direction.

My laptop is my 'go to' device for everything else. The desktop is on a different OS and it has all our files, photos, videos, and games backed up on it. We have some old applications that only run on that OS and there is lots of disk space available for a Linux partition. It is used quite often and it is 9 years old. It has a big screen too.

Surveys that are done on the increasing sales of smartphones & tablets over PCs are a bit misleading. A business person today is usually issued a laptop with set of specific business applications installed on it by their company so they can do their job at work , travelling or at home. Most business people also carry a smartphone as it meets a different set of needs or it augments what the laptop already provides. The point is, both devices are still valuable business components. They complement each another.

Smartphones are replaced more often than laptops or desktop which means more of these devices are purchased over a shorter period of time. The 'sheeples' just have to have the latest incarnation even if it means the unit they have is only a few months old. Laptop and desktop users don't replace their devices every few months. It is only logical that the number of new smartphone devices would far outsell PCs in any given year. Tablets are growing in popularity and may eventually be the PC's successor.

I like the all these new devices. We are so lucky to be experiencing all these new developments in technology. SPH, Tablets, phablets and the rest are just the beginning. Desktop and laptop sales are declining, but the units are still being used. Eventually they will be abandoned by manufacturers and parts will become unavailable. The OS makers will see opportunities elsewhere and home users will replace their PCs when that happens. IMO years 2013-14 will be the kickoff to this trend. Business on the other hand will take a lot longer.
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