Can smart phones drum computers out of our lives?

Can smart phones drum computers out of our lives?
Who would have thought that all those rough-cut, clumsy devices with long antennas and tiny screens in black and white were to become that smart? Using a cell phone, you are virtually able to do almost everything that you can do on your PC these days. This goes to all of you who, for any reason, just can´t seem to be able to go cold turkey and bid farewell to their old phone the size of Encyclopedia Britannica and folding aerial (not that there´s anything wrong with that). This holds true to the so-called smart phones in particular. When it comes to cell phones, it´s no longer all about brand and outward appearance, but processor frequency, amount of RAM, broadband support and as of recently, HD video playback capability as well.

Of course, computer technologies are following suit, getting more advanced as we speak. However, where is their advancement turned to? Notebooks have been gaining an increasing popularity in the last several years, simply because they offer something that desktop computers can´t beat – portability. On the other hand, portability is something cell phones are tenfold better at. Our daily grind, the life in the fast lane that many of us just can´t shake off, requires internet access wherever we are. We often need to read emails, go through documents and do our job on the run. Desktop computers can hardly help us out in this case, while laptops aren´t always that easy or comfy to use. That is why the so-called netbooks have been causing such a stir lately. Well, they still don´t feature enough options alongside of desktop or laptop computers, but they are far more portable, compact and provide the much needed internet connectivity.


Well, what´s the better option?

The underlying trend is quite clear cut and easy to see – cell phones are becoming smarter and more functional, while computers are getting smaller and thinner. There´s also another factor playing a major part on the market – affordability, i.e. price. A top of the range smart phone costs about just as much as a mainstream notebook. The thing is you can easily get a decent smart phone at a far lower price than a laptop. As of today, PCs offer more power and bang for your buck in terms of processor frequency and RAM, but… Is the difference that huge really? Contemporary computer CPUs run at speeds between 2 and 3 GHz, but 1 GHz processors are about to overtake cell phones as well, the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset comes to mind here. While computer processors have remained where they are for quite some time, smart phones got halfway there at a fell swoop in less than year and a half. It seems new cell phone generations are coming out much faster now. Smart phones may well get where computers are really soon. As for RAM itself, computers still hold the lead with one, two and above-gigabyte capacity, while the current smart phone standard is meager 256 MB. Doubtlessly, this can change in a snap if necessary, just the way we saw it happen with personal computers. In this line of though, it won´t come as a surprise if we see some decently performing, affordable cell phones really soon, carrying the advantages of pocket portability.

Keyboards, mice and touch screens.

We just have to mention that cell phones are being designed with their pocket-assistant function in mind and are hardly meant to play games on. That is why they are so competitive when it comes to accessing and surfing the Internet. Not last, QWERTY keyboards are getting all the rage on mobiles. Manufacturers have grabbed the opportunity to captivate more customers and portable keyboards can now be seen even on feature phones. The underlying reason? A growing number of people eager to chat on popular social networks.

Well, computers still have an ace up the sleeve though - the mouse. Saying that the mouse has brought about a new era of interaction between people and computers is by no means a farfetched conclusion. But cell phones have also found their way to counterattack and it´s called a touch screen. It allows you to do the same thing you use your cursor for - indicate and confirm your choice. Touch screens have been picking up momentum and we are dead sure more is in store, even if for no other reason than merely… fashion. They have a major advantage over the mouse though, the multi-touch technology, i.e. the ability to recognize two or more simultaneous touch points. Imagine how much more work you´d be able to complete if you could use two mice at the same time!

Is the good old PC doomed to oblivion?

Let´s have a look ahead at what future may look like when it comes to smart phones and computers… This shouldn´t be an uphill battle, since we already know much about the plans of many leading companies, including Microsoft (for good or bad, the Redmond Giant has already managed to secure its leading role in the mobile industry), to converge and even blend cell phones and computers together into a single device. Our thoughs on the matter? Let´s just follow the reigning trend. We do expect to see devices offering both pocket portability and mainstream computer productivity soon enough. Pocket size technological marvels that will allow us to talk to other people, surf the Internet, go through documents and play present-day games anywhere we go, anytime we want, without the need to carry about several different devices. Are computers doomed to extinction when ultra fast smart phones begin to take over? Hardly. We believe computers will be around for a long time. Cell phones are bound to get better performing devices as time goes on by and ultimately make our work equally comfy no matter if we are idling away on the sofa or working at our PCs.

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26 Comments

1. att_agent

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

hmmmmm they will naver "replace" computer duh!!!!! this is the stupidest thing i have ever heard / phones have the possibility of being dropped or liquid damage there too much of a risk of data loss /people loose there phones every day sry but the most stupid thing i have ever heard in my life. well that comes after saying the pre will save palm

2. ATTXBM

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 01, 2009

i would have to agree, to much is at risk,

3. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The two biggest obstacles cell phones face in replacing computers are interface and battery life. Processing capabilities notwithstanding, there are things that are just a lot easier to do with a (comparatively) big screen and a keyboard. With the advent of infrared keyboards, built-in projectors, and the like, that will become less of an issue. Battery life is another problem. There are some interesting battery technologies on the horizon, but as it stands now, batteries aren't keeping up with current usage. Add in faster processors, projectors, more wireless connectivity (bluetooth, wifi), and battery life is a major issue.

4. iammclovin804

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

i hate how they are comparing a phone to an alienware pc.

5. nel21

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

Can you play FSX or any high end hardware required games on a phone? Run Visual Studio? or make advanced macros on a WM6.1 Pro using Excel?? I am a Software developer and I have made apps for several platforms and owned Symbian, Palm, Win Mobile and Blackberry OS and will never replace my Viao Laptop and XPS Desktop it is the most stupid add I have ever read. Get a life who ever wrote this.

7. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

My thoughts exactly. All filler no killer.

12. nel21

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 07, 2009

That's true Legion. All filler no KILLER !!!!!!.

6. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

I think the only thing cellphones can replace are Digital cameras. I know they can't right now, but if the quality of cellphone cameras improve, what would be the point of buying a digital camera if you had an high-end cellphone with 8mp, Xenon Flash and all the features ( or close enough) of a digital camera. You'd have two devices in one. That's just my opinion. I really dont think a cellphone could replace a PC either.

21. kaneroxs

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 07, 2008

to true but then you think about the optical zoom people will want that and it will make the phones bulkier

25. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Yea thats true, but just maybe "they" can make the optical zoom on a cellphone without making the phone too thick. Me personally I could do without the Opticall zoom but it would be nice to have it.

8. Howtoodo?

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

The idea of a cell phone replacing a pc isnt to farfetched at all, nor is a a stupid thought. i remember when phones juts got color screens lol now they do alot of stuff. just loook at the sixth sense video on the projector phone. that once projected on to a surface, u can mainipulate the info, browse read over docs send emails like this story stated they r becoming more portable right? portability is awsome hence why we all have a frigggin cell phone. i think at some point they will either merge together and ull just have cell phones or more so the home pc will become a run up to the cell phone.

10. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

No, it is stupid. Maybe you think its possible becuase you barely use your electronics but there is an abundance of reasons why that is a foolish statement

17. Howtoodo?

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

yoo its not stupid sooner or later its gonna happen, what happens to every gadget as time prorgresses?? they perform better and get smaller. maybe not 2mrow this will happen but 10 years from now hell maybe even 5 years we will seee some powerrr house cell phone as oppose to a power house mac or pc. either way our generation is screwed bc we have becoem so dependent on technology we cant think past not haven it.

9. att_agent

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

cmon people have more pictures on theyr phone then theyr camera becuse you always carry you phone which has a DUM DUM DUM a *camera* its a no brainer why carry two cameras........

11. att_agent

Posts: 96; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

they will always be seperate tho

13. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

My phone has certainly made me use my computer less, because I don't have to go to it to look up random stuff on the internet or on youtube, but I agree with most of the people here, a phone will never completely replace my computer.

14. bartoolz

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 23, 2009

Ok, I think everyone needs to calm down and take a step back for a minute. This article is directed more at the average computer/internet user who uses their computer for reading emails, creating documents and surfing the web. "...We often need to read emails, go through documents and do our job on the run..." No self respecting gamer would buy a phone to play their games on, or to do any serious programming. Now granted I have a game or two on my phone, but they are cheesy and just used to tide me over until I can get home and get my fix for hardcore mass destruction.

15. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

if all you do is check your emails now and browse the web, there is no reason you should have a computer in the first place

16. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You are all stupid. IMB's president and CEO in the 80s said that no one would ever nned a computer that had more than 20mb of ram and 200mHZ processor. Eventually your notebook will be your cell phone. Over the air internet servers will supply your "precious" data as your device will wirelessly sync directly with it. This sort of thing is already available. By 2040 the desktop computer will not exist for personal use. go towww.oqo.com. If they made that with cell phone capability you could just carry taht with you and use a bluetooth headset, and that is here and now. BTW that device was made early 2007. I bet in 5 years, apple and microsoft phones will have nearly the exact same interface their computer counterparts do and support approximately 50% functionality. My computer in 1998 had less hard drvie space, less ram, and less processing power than my cell phone does now... So you really think that your Vaio or MacbookPro won't be able to fit in the palm of your hand in 10 years? If you don't think so, you are a fool. Granted there will be better computers available then... BUT what you do "now" on your best desktop will be in your hand by 2025. For an example fo where cell technology is headed, you can also look for the Nokia Morph article somehwere here in phonearena. That is the future, and if not it is pretty damned close.

18. crd22

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 15, 2008

Phones will NOT replace computers. Thats like saying phones will replace televisions. I have a touchscreen phone, but it is NOTHING compared to a mouse or even a mousepad. PCs will always be superior to cell phones in every performance and graphical issue. (yes... macs are also pcs) I'm just saying the truth, and I want to see somebody live a week with only their smartphone and not pc. Ain't happenin.

19. Howtoodo?

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

optical mouse on the omina for verzion look into that then talk about the touch screen not being anythign like a mouse. thats pretty much brand new and it works great already im sure it will only get better. and why care about playing video games on a frigging phone once u get old enough ur not gonna care about WOW OR HALO 25 lol. yea they are small and can be lost easily think about it from the sales end though , theyll keep makin money bc people lose things. kinda makes sense. Lastly every bit of technology we have seen developed and being used has become alot smaller for one a walkmen -cd player -minidisc player- and NOW ipods lol. it will happen.... mabe not 2mrow but soon enough.

24. Astromanaught

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

You could be THE worst poster on the Phone arena forums. Maybe if you actually talk like a real person instead of some six year old twat people might take you seriously. Although your ideas seem to come from a third-graders perspective. Did you know the average "gamer" is nearly 35? There are some things that will never be replaced. They may change in appearance, they may do more than before, but they're here to stay. Examples would be The TV, the Car, radio, vending machines, canned food, and desktop computers.( I know that vending machines and canned food are somewhat off-topic, but both were inventions of the last centry I think that the point of the article, although it was poorly exicuted, was that most everyday mundane tasks will be relegated to mobile devices instead of desktop computers. One major thing i think everyone is missing is screen size. Phones are limited to a maximum of a 4in screen. True, they can be larger, but then it becomes a portability issue. As we get older, its harder for us to see such small text.

20. someone

Posts: 2; Member since: May 03, 2009

One day it will replace PC, but that day is still far far away. Technology just isn't there yet. If it would have the possibility to be connected to a big screen, keyboard and a mouse maybe it could be used as a terminal in cloud computing...

22. phillipxenxciel

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 23, 2008

not for another 10 years~~

23. illusionado unregistered

If someday smartphones will having a big change in its screen size then its a big points. Like super screen that evolves from pocket phone size then activate the super big screen.The many will love it.

26. MTLance unregistered

Whoever is writting this is probably a phone boi, yep that's right. Anyway we all know that smartphones cannot replace a PC because? There's a lot of reasons for it, i.e. security? What security? Data lost? Being hacked? etc. you know what I mean, secondly WTF can you do with a limited storage capacity on a phone? This phone boi must be sleeping real hard, we have SSD these days which means faster boot up time and saving much more battery if those who can afford it. Thirdly computer can still game better than smartphones, I rather play Age of Empires on my laptop than on a smartphone. Why? Touchscreen? No, go think about it. Bigger screens? Uh isn't that is going to be nettops already? Well you can compare a nettop and a high-end smart phone but never a real laptop or desktop they just eat the phone into pieces LMAO.

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