Are Tablets and Smartphones Replacing Computers? Not Yet…

Am pretty sure the smartphone wave has hit almost every person old enough to own an electronic gadget. I smile when I see old people the likes of my second president and third holding smart gadgets and fumbling with them while trying to do one or two things with them. This simply implies that everyone who has always wanted to be connected to the internet and work smart on the go has been able to do that thanks to the competitive electronic market, especially when it comes to smartphones and PDAs. As such, many have abandoned their old PCs and diverted attention to the small and powerful smartphones that are available on almost every startup electronic shop. But is it proper to spend so much time on your tablet, smartphone, or PDA, and divert attention that was previously accorded to PCs?
Although smartphones and other similar devices are highly advanced and portable, we still need to stick to full-functional PCs to spur private and corporate productivity. Portable devices can do so many things, and appear to be alternatives to PCs. They are used to browse the Web, do emails, watch videos, record and track GPS coordinates, find locations, play complex and high resolution games, and of course, run a host of apps that are offered freely or on a price. In the same vein, smartphones seem to be better off to computers when it comes to automated functions that require mobility such as taking pictures, finding locations, and interacting on the internet while on the go. So substituting PCs with tablets and smartphones seems like a no-brainer. But it depends on what you use your computer for and if you care about real productivity, development, and other complex functions that only call for the processing speed and convenience of a workstation or PC.
Web browsing on a small gadget or tablet is a mixed bag. You cannot open heavy websites, complex sites, or highly interactive sites on a small gadget or a tab. They seem to be only fit for light browsing and users experience limitations when they need to open dozen sites at one go. Remember that most mobile devices can only open sites that are compatible with mobile browsers. Opera Mini, Dolphin, UC browser, Firefox, Chrome, and Internet explorer apps may be great when it comes to mobile browsing, but they are not suited for certain data amounts and web features. Email is another thing to put into thought. Let us say you are subscribed to certain Internet Service Providers or you have to access your work emails through special email arrangements. Smart devices aren’t smart in such instances, and it is hard to access such special email services on them. They are only great for accessing Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft’s Hotmail, and other similar emailing services that have special apps that can be installed on smartphones and tablets.
Smartphones and tablets are limited when it comes to real office work such as massive typing, editing, designing, and printing. It is hard to do all or some of these tasks on a small screen. In addition to that, smartphones and tabs grapple with conversion of soft copy documents to printed or hard copy material. Newest devices can do so over wireless networks and Bluetooth, but the hassle is still great, and many smartphone users do not even know how to go about that. Some gadgets will function with wireless keyboards, but the screen size still stands as a hurdle. Moreover, office work requires office suits that can do intense editing, which remains to be a challenge for smartphones and tablets.
Lastly, you might want to spend more time on your PC than on your smartphone if you are a serious developer or use software that require high processing power. Although mobile devices are currently being employed for development purposes using programming environments such as TouchDevelop, most development languages work best on fully-functional PCs and workstations. shutterstock_115365787


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