The desktop computer has suffered… and some think it has already died. Who really wants a big computer that it tethered to the same place all of the time? So, are they on the way out?
Or are desktop computers about to surge?
Crazy, you say?
This morning, I sat at the kitchen table eating my breakfast, while reading my morning paper news on my phone. I also checked through my email, looked over my tasks and calendar to see what was on tap for the day. All on the phone. The screen is a bit small for some of those tasks… But it functions quite nicely.
And now, my phone and my computer sync email… including sent messages. The calendar and task list are getting closer to syncing, too. But, it is the perfect solution for being on the go. But my laptop is too big, too. I’m not dragging it everywhere I go. So, it is at home most of the time.
Enter the slate… or tablet class computer. By now everyone is familiar with the iPad, Apple’s tablet. But there are a lot of limitations in Apple’s mobile operating system… primarily that it can only do one thing at a time, and secondarily, it doesn’t see flash. That is why there are apps for many websites… they have to build a special gateway for iPhone, iTouch and iPad users. Android doesn’t have the same issues…
But it is NOT a replacement for a “real computer”.
Now, because of “cloud apps”, is doesn’t have to be. Syncing between an appliance, like a tablet or a phone and a desktop or a laptop has never been easier. And that is making the desktop a more attractive choice.
You can get a lot of horsepower for a lot less money than with a laptop. At the same time, with a smartphone and/or a tablet, the capability to get more done away from the desk has never been greater. Combined with the ability to sync the work between multiple machines, we might rethink technology.
The change won’t be overnight, and it won’t be universal. But I think we might see a bit more of an emphasis on desktop computers and enhanced mobility through more dedicated devices…
Oddly, the emergence of the tablet, smartphones might decline in popularity, and phones might just be relegated to making phone calls again. I don’t think it will be a huge movement, but why carry a smartphone AND a tablet?
Honestly, I’ll probably keep both. The tablet isn’t going to go everywhere with me, but the phone will. But instead of a laptop, my next computer might be a less expensive, high horsepower desktop with a big monitor… or two. And it will be connected to my other devices so that I can work with whatever is best for the situation… and have everything, everywhere.