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Here's how you can use your cell phone as a PC replacement (it works!)

0. phoneArena 10 Feb 2012, 07:33 posted on

Ready to make the switch away from your desktop/laptop/tablet? If you have one of the latest smartphones in your pocket, you might be surprised to find out that it’s got the power to…

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posted on 10 Feb 2012, 07:50 2

1. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)


Haa. Really don't know what to say.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:00 9

2. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


There is still a lot of features android lacks when compared to a PC. But why not have both if you can? I hope both android and Microsoft windows continue to grow. I'd like to see android smartphones continue to catch up to computers, as well as computers advancing in technology. But it seems like everyone's main focus is only smartphones now...

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:09 3

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You are 100% right, but just as it is right now, you got to be VERY pleasantly surprised! Imagine what a quad-core phone can do, by then it will have jumped the gap & could finally go towards a true PC in your pocket.

The smartphjone is the evolution of the PC. PC's are getting smaller & smaller so this could very well be the future.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:07 1

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i love my LG g2x. i havent had any problems at all with it and frequently use the HDMI port on it to hook up to my tv and macbook works great especially when playing games like nfs shift or shadowgun

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:07 1

4. AndresJ (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Feb 2012)


Mostly i have my laptop for gaming, so i can't use my phone to play modern pc games with it, at least not yet.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:54 7

5. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Hehehehe,can an iphone4s do this?

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 09:03 8

7. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 255; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


notice how it says 'top smartphones'... not mid range phones.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:04 2

10. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


every Android high end device should be embarrassed as a "mid range" cell phone is kicking your a** in sales, customer satisfaction and lower return rate.... imagine if Apple does deliver a "high end" device.. game over right...

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 18:36 6

23. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


Funny thing is Apple can't deliver a high end device.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 11:00

27. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Most mobile users aren't "power-users" and only need the dial pad to make calls and that's it. Most also don't see any need to pay for a data plan when it wouldn't be a highly used feature. Alot of store reps push the higher end phones on customers and when you get a person that really only needed a feature phone but walks away with the latest & greatest.... they have a difficult time learning how to use it. Therefore they take it back and get the phone they wanted in the first place. I just recently went through this situation with my mother. She saw all her children with smartphones and messing around with apps at family events. So she convinced herself she needs a smartphone just so she can download apps. When she got the phone, not only did she not want to take the time to learn how to use it, but never downloaded one single app. She is the type of person that leaves the phone at home most of the time because it's not an integral part of her life. So needless to say, I took the phone back and got her a feature phone without a data plan. I'd imagine there are many more like my mother when it comes to smartphone shopping and is probably a main reason why high-end Android devices are returned more frequently.

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 16:55

29. johnfranckiv (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


if you buy an iphone through vzw ( their top seller) you can't return it... you are stuck.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 09:36 5

8. Victor.H (Posts: 410; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Not sure about the iPhone! Works with the iPad 2. For that, you'd need to jailbreak, though, and install DisplayOut on Cydia to mirror your display to an external monitor.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 10:53

9. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


Hello Victor, Can you please tell me if it will work on Lumia 900?

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:05 4

16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3981; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Why jailbreak an iPhone/iPad when you can just get an Android phone & do that STOCK!

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:31 2

19. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


the Ipad 2 offers full fledged mirroring as does the iphone 4s. No need to jailbreak.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 16:08 1

21. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Wow i was going to say that no fair. Anyway i hve seen this work on a iphone 4 an its pretty cool.

posted on 14 Feb 2012, 10:26

30. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


You can do that on an iPad 2 or iPhone 4S using either the Digital AV adapter or using AirPlay through apple tv. No jailbreak needed

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 08:54 1

6. akmaintu (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)


Just wow.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:30 2

11. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)


I have considered this as well, especially with the newer motorola phones and their webtop feature I can use my phone to do everything i need to do. I can even search for and download torrents.
The limits I have found are as one previous poster said high end gaming and also 1080p dvd files and such the playback is choppy and still not nearly as good as my 4 year old laptop. I could see cell phones being at this level in a year and a half or so and eventually be powerful enough for your cell phone to be you primary computer that you then dock into other things for increased functionality or just use wifi technology to be able to use your devices' computer in other medium's. The future is almost here haha

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:41

12. ZayZay (Posts: 556; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


Well, that answers my "Should I get a laptop, Tablet, or stick with my Cell phone?" Question. This is exactly what I will be doing. A moniter on my desk at work and on my desk at home.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:48 3

13. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 854; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Stupid Idea....this is only good just to say I use my phone as a pc. Get a grip....you can't do any real production with these items. For casual browsing and emailing it would be fine. Any thing like a spread sheet, and pure work and it will be lame. If you need space just buy a HTPC get rid of the DVD/Tivo/Cable box set up and call it a day. Using web dock when you have it hooked up to a Pc may be fancy, and give bragging rights but for production work like Photo shop and other real intense programs it's a fail.

In all the bragging rights is all that can be done realistically with these units unless you just browse the web, and answer mail.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:17

18. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Or just Splashtop or eventually Onlive

posted on 11 Feb 2012, 11:35

28. justtesting (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


You're kidding, of course?

Remember the PDA's of a decade ago? Like the Sharp Zaurus series?

Like today's phones, they ran Linux inside, they came with Office packages, you could compile and run any Linux software on them. you want software that needs X? install an X server! Then install OpenOffice or gimp or whatever...

The difference is that they ran at a fraction of the speed of today's (even single core) processors.

Want software that REALLY files? Get packages that once flew on half-MIP microVAXen under 4.3Reno, or Mt. Xinu's More/BSD (or even VMS)**, compile the free VAX emulator, boot /vmunix from the "a" partition of an emulated RM03, then run application software that was written when people still had to take "combinatorial algorithms" classes (among others) before anyone would hire them to write software.

For gods sake, The 19 campus California State University system had hundreds of students and faculty members running programs simultaneously on a single 20 MIPS Control Data Corp. "supercomputer" in the eighties, Today's dumb phones contain processors that run a couple of orders of magnitude faster.

Your phone is not underpowered. Just the people programming it are!

Today's users have learned to think of a 1 Ghz CPU as "slow" because the overhead of todays code (written by self-styled programmers who lack formal training) is astronomical. Similarly, the acceptance of "blue screens" as a "fact of life" is mind blowing to those who *are* formally trained. That todays' programmers have to code try to avoid them says volumes about how badly written today's OS's are. When an application triggers a "blue screen" it is not the app author's fault. It is purely the OS's fault (sorry about the double entendre).

I am forever thankful that industry chose to use linux for the embedded OS used by phones, etc. For a phone call to be prematurely terminated due to an embedded Windows OS incurring a "blue screen" (even if it were, as would probably be the case, hidden to keep the user from becoming aware of what had actually happened) would be unconscionable.

**: Even more fun would be running RT-11 software on a pdp-11 emulator! Imagine an 11/23 sped up to half a gigaherz

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 11:50 3

14. ryan5609 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


This is a great demo that really shows the capabilities of ICS and Android phones. But I think that this would be amazing if someone could find a way to make the user experience just a little better. Everything is way to big (Icons, stuff like that) because the monitor is mirroring the display of the phone, thus lower resolution. It would be awesome if your phone could recognize the LCD monitor resolution and match that with the ICS tablet interface, I know ICS can display both tablet mode and phone mode, it is built into the software, you need to change some parameters. I have no interest yet, in this being a true desktop replacement, but it would be great to use it like this when you don't want to carry your laptop or just for fun.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 13:22 2

15. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Or...
Get the LiveDock from Sony Ericsson then connect one cable to your pc...

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 23:25

26. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 424; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


i guess sony is the only one who is featuring HDMI capabilities on their videos.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 15:36 1

20. PAPINYC (Posts: 2272; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Hurraayy!!!!
It only took you guys 2 months to come out with this story (great story by the way)!!

Yeah, I've been doing this on my DROID RAZR™ since early December 2011 and, as I have previously posted, all apps' work via HDMI Out (No liMiTations, unlike iPhone 4S, 4T, 4U-V-W-X-Y-Z). Everything displays full screen, flawlessly. And, everything works flawlessly, e.g, Netflix, Browser (Stock), Skyfire, MX Video Player Pro, Gmail, Music Player, etc.

Haven't tried a keyboard though (but will, just not a [kr]Apple keyboard).

And, have a few Shē€py friends with iDuds; they can not do this at all!!!

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 16:14

22. ChafedBanana (Posts: 359; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Where can I get the mhl to HDMI cable from? I tried one of the Samsung MHL adapters and a standard HDMI cable but ended up returning the adapter because although I had the Samsung charger plugged into the mhl adapter, it did NOT keep my Galaxy Nexus charged or even charge it at all. The phone said it was charging but wasn't.

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 18:40 2

24. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


When smartphones can play Crysis maxed out, then I will replace PC for a smartphone. Lol

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 19:41

25. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Now what if your device doesn't have ICS with the on-screen control buttons? Do you have to press them on your phone when you want to go home or back?

Really cool though! I've plugged my phone into the TV to show pics, but never did this!

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 00:21

31. hobobob (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


I was impressed with HTC One X+ 1.7 Ghz quad core and immedantly thought of this report. Do you have an opinion? think it would work?

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 02:24

32. BryanM (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Well, I purchased a Microsoft mouse and separate keyboard to use my phone as a PC, only to discover that I CANNOT connect two separate BT input devices simulaneously. Would have been nice to know this is advance, as I live in China and it's not so easy to return or exchange merchandise once you've taken it home and opened the package. Jeez... PLEASE AMEND YOUR ARTICLE TO INCLUDE THIS INFORMATION, and save some people some trouble. ..

posted on 12 Sep 2014, 06:15

33. BryanM (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


I know this is an old thread here, but I would appreciate it if someone could offer some advice. I didn't know Iwould have to specifically buy the Apple keyboard and trackpad. The Chinese retailers I bought my separate BT mouse and keyboard will not take them back. So, bascially, $50 burned away....

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