Will a Smartphone Replace Your PC?
It wasn’t too long ago that all we had were home telephones that simply made and received calls. Mobile phones allowed for tremendous portability and convenience, but still, they made and received calls, and that’s about it. As mobile phones grew in popularity and evolved into smartphones, things started advancing a little more gradually and then all at once.
We can check our email on a smartphone and browse the web, of course, but there are so many other things that we can do with them: control devices, pay games, stay in touch in unique ways, take photos, create multimedia, and more. Oh, and they also make and receive calls. Now, with our smartphones capable of handling most of our daily computing needs, many consumers are left wondering will the smartphone replace the PC once and for all.
Power In Your Pocket
It’s a completely legitimate question, especially as our devices get slimmer and more portable: why have a big desktop PC or an expensive laptop when you can slip a relatively affordable smartphone in your pocket and have what you need?
The case for smartphones replacing PCs is compelling. Their screens are ultra sharp, making them easy to look at, with crisp images and videos. Ever-increasing screen sizes on phablets mean that doing things like typing, reading, and watching video are easier and better than they’ve ever been on a phone. The latest versions of smartphone operating systems — both Android and iOS — have been optimised for speed and functionality. Smartphone processors are also ultra fast, with quad core chipsets becoming the norm. Add portability to the mix, and many consumers feel like they’ll never have to formally sit down at a PC or lug around a laptop again.
But Don’t Say Goodbye To Your PC
Even though smartphones are fast and powerful, there are still some reasons to hang onto your PC. For starters, the small screen size of smartphones (and even phablets) make doing things like typing up reports or editing video cumbersome. There’s an ease of control that using both a keyboard and a mouse affords. For example, the tools in a program like Photoshop on a smartphone are significantly limited. PCs still have faster processors, and they also don’t have the battery life issues associated with smartphones.
If you just need a device for surfing the web and checking your email, you might be able to get by with just a smartphone. However, some websites are still not very functional on mobile devices, so a smartphone may not suit all of your browsing needs. And, for individuals who rely on their PCs for content creation and creative endeavours, a smartphone is a useful accessory but by no means a replacement for a standard laptop or desktop computer.
As always, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for both the smartphone and PC markets. Beyond that, consumers and analysts alike will be watching to see the impact of smartphones on the sales and use of other devices. Many tech experts are already predicting the death of the small tablet as phablets become increasingly popular and affordable, and smartphones have certainly made an enormous dent in the point and shoot digital camera market.
Will the smartphone one day kill off the PC market? It remains to be seen. For now, though, we feel confident in our assertion that PCs are not going away any time soon.