When surveys ask consumers "What device could you not do without if you were standed on a desert island?" my response is "laptop" not "cell phone." I thought I was the only one. There are a number of reasons for this, but one occurred just this weekend. I'm due to upgrade my cellular phone. I picked the newer version of the so-so phone I own now. Why? I do not have the time or patience to learn how to use a new phone, operating system etc. etc. I know how to use a PC; I know how to use a Mac. When I buy a PC/Mac the learning curve is not that painful. Been there, done that. I have found upgrading my phones the exact opposite. Yes, I know Apple has a phone now and it's supposed to be wonderful. But I spend mroe time on my laptop than I do on the phone, so for me it's still the PC.
I could go online, check my email, and send out message on my phone. But I don't. I carry a cell phone just in case I need to call somoeone or just in case someone needs to call me. I don't use it as a portable work station. I like typing on a real key board and seeing things in a full sized screen.
I use my phone for texting, emails, phone calls, and sometimes if I'm killing time, to go on facebook. It has not even come close to replacing my MAC. Even though I do use it for email, I prefer my MAC because it is faster to respond. Even though I can go on the Internet, I only do so when I am not in front of a PC because trying to view a web page on a phone screen, is very aggrevating.
Although I think the phone replaces the PC when you are on the go, it is a stop gap measure until you get home or to the office to the real thing.
I agree that for the foreseeable future, PCs are here to stay. Using your Blackberry or any other Smartphone is very useful while on the go. It even helps if you’re in the hallway talking to a colleague and somebody has sent an important email that needs immediate attention. As nice as these phones are for some simple tasks, the business world still needs PCs. Can you imagine creating a rather large spreadsheet for a presentation on Excel through your phone? It is bad enough viewing these documents sometimes let alone actually creating one.
As much as I love and use my Blackberry, I would not be able to get through my day without using my laptop or desktop.
I would say that It all depends how your life/work is organised and which information streams you need access to.
For example, a person I know (Estate agent), generally spends most of her time out of the office, and as such relies on her mobile phone to access her numerous email accounts.
She may browse some internet sites for comparable pricing, or google maps for directions, but other than that her life is almost complete.
Her boss, who also travels requires something a little more sophisticated, it used to be a laptop but now it is a tablet, at this level he needs it to work on proposals, view site layouts, and 3d renditions of various buildings/ developments he is working on.
Both are generally consumers of information, rather than high level generators(yep ok they send emails, but on the whole that is not really high level communication).
However the team that backs them up, lawyers, site engineers , engineers, 3D CAD artists we can say are all high level information generators, in that most of their tasks require the use of large storage backup, high throughput CPU's and usually multiple monitors generally the size of decommissioned aircraft carriers.(apart from the legal team)
The breakthrough will occur at the interface level, once this has been sorted out and the issues related to user feedback have been removed ,there is a good chance we will see all computer systems suddenly reduce in size. At this point we will firmly on the road to wearable/implantable computer systems for the general public.
They already have such systems for the military, however a number of issues remain, two of which are the size of the screens which are in a 'flipback' pouch and require teh user to flip the monitor upwards from the uniform.
More of an issue is the batteries, if you are shot, you really do not want bits of battery fragment being dragged into you from the bullet and there has been currently /is massive research into this area (funny how we are only innovative when it involves killing each other)
Like any other challenge the issues related to man/machine interface will be solved.
The question will then be: 'To Borg or not to Borg', perhaps later we will see people lying on the floor or wandering about aimlessly because that have 'crashed'?
In my opinion whatever smartness a mobile phone has it is cumbersome to create something using a mobile. To create a speradshhet, a PPT slide show, a part drawing using CAD, a building layout, just simple photo editing using Photoshop , you need a PC or a laptop. So as far as information processing is concerned it is still the PC , but if you are just doing browsing then mobile will do most of your jobs
I believe, however smart SMART phones might become, PCs will never perish. They are in a league of their own. Infact I am thinking to buy one desktop after buying Smartphone and laptop :). The processor speed advantage, cost factor advantage that the conventional desktop PC's offer can neither be achieved by smart phones nor the laptops (I am treating PC as pure desktop). Infact we can treat it as a ecosystem where each device plays its own role. Desktop gives us processing speed, laptops/smartphones gives us mobility.
I'm an electronics engineer and considering the amount of time spent on computer and on the mobile on every day I can clearly say that mobiles are good, to chekc osme quick status or to just get updates on emails on news. But they can not replace a computer because of to main factors of diplay and keyboard. And then next comes the factor of processing power. If the mobile can give a viewing experince of atleast 12 inch monitor and good keypad for faster typing or an equivalent interface something like a laser projected keypad then we might actually use mobiles all the time.
In my opinion PCs are the best. I do use a smart phone like all for checking my mails watching videos sometime while traveling but i can not do my work on phone.When i go out or when i don't have a PC available mobile comes handy.If i want to find out the route while traveling or if i want to find out a good resturant or If i would like to know nearest gas station i always use my phone. I feel smartphones made life more easier.
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