Mobile vs Desktop has been one of the most hotly debated topic in the tech world recently. In fact, several industrial leaders, including the likes of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates in the past have stuck their neck out at various public forums and said that the PC era pretty much ended when the iPhone, whcih was truly the first smartphone was born as it gave rise to the iPad which has been seen as the successor of laptops or desktops today. This clearly indicates the changing landscape in the personal electronics space, not to forget that the likes of iPads, smartphones and convertibles have been slated to replace the age old desktop for years.
So what exactly is it about mobile that has been the center of this revolution?
There is an app for everything
There is an application for virtually everything that you could imagine on the mobile. Your desktop or laptop can absolutely never match that. Want to be reminded to pick up milk when you cross the local grocery store? Or simply want to know the way to the new Chinese Restaurant or even better, want to map your steps in a day? All of that can be done using an application, irrespective of whether you are on Android or iOS or Windows Phone. Can you imagine ever having that sort of real time data or mobility and carry your desktop for it? No chance.
Connectivity is a big bonus
A mobile device has pretty much every connectivity option that your desktop has and then more. Usually every smartphone today has a GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and most importantly 3G/ LTE. While some desktops or laptops are coming with SIM slots for LTE connection, it is not a mainstay feature just yet. So every time you are on the move and you need to access the internet, the only way out is using your mobile device, unless you are okay carrying those wireless dongles, which only adds to the luggage. Just imagine taking the dongle out, connecting to the laptop and dialling in just to check one E-mail, you can do all that and surf some Facebook too, and slip it back in your pocket when using a mobile.
Most of the mid spec’d smartphones today have on par specifications with mid range laptops. No, we are not talking proper machines for editing videos, but largely everything you can do on your desktops can be done on a mobile device at fraction of a cost. You can pick up really powerful smartphones for well within the 8K INR mark and get away with doing at least 80% of the tasks without having to resort to laptops or desktops that start only at about Rs 17K price point.
Portability is obviously a big bonus. You cannot expect to be sitting on your laptop or desktop to be reading a relatively unimportant MEN article at 2 at night just because you cannot sleep. One might say that this precisely why we have torturous sleeping cycle, because mobiles are so easy to access, but the fat part of the story is that mobiles have at least given us the option of being our go to entertainment devices to beat boredom anytime we wish to or want to. It is not even a point worth mentioning that mobiles are far more portable and easy to carry than desktops or laptops ever will be, immaterial of how thin or light do the brands want to make them.
Love for cameras
We all have moments that we instantly wish to capture, more often than not. With virtually every device coming with camera today, you do not need to have your point and shoot ready every time. You can plug your mobile out and shoot the scene immediately. Can you imagine having that liberty with your desktop? Maybe going to a concert and clicking images with your desktop? Nope, doesn’t work. And given you can pretty much get everything you want to do on your laptop, done on your mobile, it is no brainer why phones are quickly taking up the place of desktops and laptops.
We may still be about 10 years away from the time where mobiles totally outdo desktops or computers, but the post PC era is most definitely rolling and rolling in fast. The most recent example of this came in the E-Com sector where Myntra, one of the largest E-Com portals in India decided to do away with its website in favour of its mobile application owing to over 70% traffic that was being drawn from mobile alone. What are your views upon it? Do let us know in the section below.