Discuss: Smartphones vs. PCs

July 15, 2010 at 23:14:00
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.9 GHz / 3836 MB
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about the announcement from Verizon that Smartphones could replace PCs. Discuss here if you think this could happen anytime in the foreseeable future, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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July 16, 2010 at 00:22:19
Replace? Never

Compliment and maybe out-number? Possibly, yes.

How would anyone get any real work done if cell phones replaced computers?? Hell I can't even stand working on a laptop, a phone is only for mobility.

Reminds me of this video from The Onion

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July 16, 2010 at 04:15:03
In my house a phone is still for making calls. Besides you can't fit a 22" monitor to a cell phone regaurdless of how smart you think it is. However I see a nation of people using these things. Hmmmm thought for the future, give up on getting bs degree in information tech. and shoot for optometrist degree. Eye doctors are going to be needed as much if not more than pc doctors.

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July 16, 2010 at 07:57:25

Compliment and maybe out-number? Possibly, yes.

I don't know about outnumber. When one considers the vast number of personal PC's, netbooks, laptops and servers out there both in the home and in the workplace........I believe it would take a long time to even come close to having the same number.

As to the question itself in general. That's like asking if iPad's (I still say that sounds like a feminine hygiene product.......lol) will replace PC's.

There's so much more you can do on a PC than you can do on a phone or pad.....period end of story. I suppose for some folks, the smartphone may be all they'll ever need but for the rest of us, we'll always want our PC's.

For me personally, no phone or pad will ever replace my PC's. Heck, I just had my work cell replaced a year ago and they tried to foist a smart phone on me. I refused. I asked for, and got, a cell phone that has:
a) a good, strong battery
b) gets excellent signal strength

If I don't use my cell the battery can go over 7 days between charging.

When all the smartphone crowd can't get a signal, I'm still showing 3 out of 4 bars of signal strength.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***

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July 16, 2010 at 08:21:47
It'll be a cold day in hell when I give up playing games like crysis on my PC for playing games like Tetris and the like on my phone. Yeah, there are first person shooters and such for smartphones like the iPhone; but I'd be giving up a controller, huge screen, processing power, graphics, surround sound, and the like.

As fmwap stated, yeah, they'll compliment the use of a PC. The only way they are going to replace a PC in any way would be web browsing. And even then, that will only be because someone is away from access to a PC.

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July 16, 2010 at 11:24:41
Just picture an entire office staff walking around in circles all day jerking with their smart phones.

Audares Juvo

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July 16, 2010 at 13:03:00
Nothing beats working on a desktop with a real processor, tons of storage, and a 24+ inch display. Nothing.

I'm still happy with my Nokia dumbphone. It has a few dead pixels, can't browse the interweb, and probably scores a -1 on the Coolness Scale, but at least it doesn't drop calls when I friggin hold it. It even lets me text! Whenever I need Wikipedia on the road--you know, to pretend I know a thing or two about Lady Blah Blah--I unpack my 17" luggable.

I'm not totally against smartphones. When WinMo 7 arrives, I just may replace the old Nokia with a Winmo- or Android-based phone. Might even enjoy it.

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July 16, 2010 at 22:26:51
If it was really a "smart" phone it wouldn't drop every third call and wouldn't cost close to a hundred bucks a month to do so.

I not only see many eye doctors needed I can also see a good rise in anger management classes. It ticks me off to no end when I drop a call I can just imagine what these folks go through when they can't stay connected to their favorite porn site on the bus.

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July 17, 2010 at 11:39:43
I don't own a smartphone and probably never will. I use my phone to make calls and my computer to surf the web and check emails. I think texting, in most cases, is a waste of time and money. Someone is making billions of dollars a year by convincing people, especially kids, that this is the coolest thing since sliced bread. I'm not that important, nor do I care about getting emails by phone. I'm probably considered old fashion, but I also don't care. I saw an interview on tv by the guy that invented cell phones. When they asked him what he thought of the new smartphones etc, he said they do a lot of things, but they don't do them very well. I'll hold off on the revolution :))

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July 17, 2010 at 23:23:29
Very much agrees with grasshopper.

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July 29, 2010 at 08:16:04
I was amazed to hear in the US it costs money to receive a text. Just seems crazy to us in the UK

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July 29, 2010 at 10:32:57
Replace? no.

Augment, maybe.

Cell phones are just another tool to use, but replacing main stream PC's, naa.

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