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Will mobile phones and computers converge to be a new device ?



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Will mobile phones and computers converge to be a new device ?

Nowadays, the smartphones have powerful computing accessories. Do you think that the smartphones will eventually replace computers ? We have gone through the death of  the 'netbook'. With the way wireless technology is progressing, are we ready this convergence. Your inputs are much appreciated.

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peachpurple

Nope, the screen of a smartphone cannot reach the size of a laptop but it does have the similar functions and compatibility.

A laptop processor , ram and hard disk space are upgradable but not for smartphone. Furthermore, smartphone new models surface faster than laptop. Not everyone could afford changing it.




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fishmonk

I agree on your point that the processor, RAM and hard disk space are not upgradable for smartphone. The limitation for the current technology would be to have changeable parts for smartphone. I think this is the main difference. The miniaturization of parts have not come to the point where a GPU on a mobile could rival that of a PC GPU. Correct me if I am wrong on this.




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giovanniiiii

The closest device that we have for that are tablets that can also used for phone calls but I think it would not be convenient to make phone calls with devices as large as those compared to phones. On the other hand tablets are not able to run programs that are developed for computers because of incapability. I believe it would take much more time for that innovation to come in, and a lot of adjustments has to be made in order to make most programs compatible.




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fishmonk

Yes, I find it a problem to use a tablet for phone calls . You would need to have a wireless headset to make it easier. I had a period where I had to use my Samsung Galaxy Tab as a phone while waiting for my mobile phone repair work to be completed. It was a great experience as I needed to carry the tablet wherever I go.




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Steve5

You're right. It seems that there's a long way to go before it's achieved. Incompatibility issues keep it from being useful to computer users. This is why many still find laptops necessary since phones and tablets have limited functions compared to it.




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Tronia

No, I don't think that smartphones will ever truly replace computers. There are just too many differences and things that make the computer so unique. Computers have been around for many years now but nothing replaced them... they constantly upgrade computer hardware so it's rather hard to keep up with a simple smartphone. I believe that it has many things that a smartphone can never have.

However, I do think that some other device will be replacing the smartphones in the near future. Perhaps the whole Google Lens that Google is developing is a good direction.




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PedroP

I don't think that smart phones per se because their processing capacity can't match the capacity of a computer. Now I do believe computer will be replaced eventually but by some far more advanced technology. Maybe a hybrid like a tablet will fulfill both portable and stationary roles.




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fishmonk

Yes, the tablet is doing a pretty good job at bridging the capabilities of a computer on a smaller device. I guess we have to see whether there will be any advancement in the mobile technology for now.




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Steve5

Imagine if the stuff of science fiction movies became reality. Those hologram computers seem very useful. In fact, we wouldn't be surprised if they'd already made plans to create stuff like that.

That might just become the new version of computers. Something we don't have to carry around like a laptop.




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simplymh

I think that is why we have a tablet. It is bigger than our regular smartphone yet smaller than our laptop/computers. I do not find tablets useful for me personally, but my fiancé loves his in addition to all his other gadgets he has also.




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fishmonk

I think tablet is great for entertainment and work purpose. However,it's not great if you use it for proper work. This is applicable if you do stuff requiring plenty of resources such as video editing on Premiere Pro.




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kgord

I would say the tablet is kind of a hybrid of the two. I am sure some enterprising people can make phone calls from their tablet. I don't think computers will ever be replaced entirely by phones, because some people need the larger screen size in order to do their work.




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Corzhens

It's already starting with the tablet which I consider a semi-computer and a semi-phone. With a sim card, the tablet has all the features of the smart phone for communication. As a computer, it is equipped with tools for internet access. The only missing features are the standard software for word processor and spreadsheet. It has a music function just like the multi media player. In the years to come, I wouldn't be surprised if the tablet is fully enhanced.




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fishmonk

Tablets have the software mentioned. However, I guess there are limitations to using this software. Microsoft has clarified on the differences and mentioned that those devices up to a certain screen size will have free viewing and editing access.




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Neiltarquin

I can say yes, smart phones can out play laptops in the near future. RAM speed, Lenovo has released a 6 gb RAM smart phone. Office tools, there are apps already available. Keyboard, hologram keyboards are already available, not as good as the real deal but technology is always moving forward. Memory space, we can use expandable memory slots.

as of now, the only thing that a smart phone cannot do is go charge themselves.




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fishmonk

Yeah. That is true. The smartphone technology has evolved tremendously in recent years. I guess we may see the smartphones being the mini-PC sooner or later.




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ajlancer

Hi there,
Thanks for your query. It may be or may be not. We do not know what will happen in next 10-20 years. I never thought such smart phone 10 years before but now it is available and accessible for cheap price. And at the same way I never think about Laptop 15 years before either desktop. But, laptop now mass in market. So, it may time to develop more and more from their root. But, I do not think in near future smart phone will take place on laptop. It is not possible too at this moment or within 20 years. Both technology developing from their position. According to function both also so many different. Some may similar. But, if you think for wide range of work, I think still you will prefer laptop either smartphone. On the other hand we are using smart phone mainly for phone calling and net browsing and few other things only.

Regards by Ajlancer




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wallet

I don't think that the phone will ever replace the computers. A phone cannot do what a PC does, besides the PC have a lot of benefits like a bigger screen, a larger view of information, more space and much more. PC will last for a long time from now on and I don't think there will ever exist something to replace it.




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Joteque

Both the smart phone and PC keep evolving. Perhaps in the future we will not be able to clearly distinguish between them as we can today. Consumer demands also drives innovation. The more fully featured functional a device is the greater the demand for the device. As such the computer and smartphone will continue to evolve to exemplify this requirement in order to stay competitive and perhaps even to exist.




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jeiss

That could happen in future if there are more sophisticated technology available. For now, I don't see the feasibility of that.

Phones can't still do what Computers do in the real sense of it. For instance, mobile phones cannot possibly do what a super computer does. They are not just designed to take on such tasks as performing calculations on Quantum Physics or Molecular Theory or even making weather forecasts. Mobile phones don't have those capabilities yet.

Perhaps, we could have a device that alternates between two modes (a mobile phone and a computer). It transforms into a computer when needed to perform specific tasks supported by computer systems and then transforms back into a mobile phone when it's done.

I guess that'll do the trick. What say you?




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victorslide05

Its is very possible,because technologist are bent on producing portable but powerful devices.
Most people might argue about the screen size and ram.flipping screen can be used.No one knew a 64gb memory card can be as little as that in 1890.
With the high rate of amazing technologies a new portable device that cover both cell phone and computer will be made although it might take a while.




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Tania997

It looks like a nice idea on paper, but it would be terrible. Smartphones would have bigger screens and it would be tedious carrying them around. If this doesn't happen, then you can't use it as a PC because the screen would be too small. I would never consider working from my phone, it would take double the time. A pc is so much faster for professional stuff. Not to mention most sites are not really optimized for mobile yet.




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overcast

I think they are going through the conversion process as of now. And you can see that it'd be possible that they may replace it over a period of time. And you can surely see how much the change in this generation may cause it for that. You may want to consider sticking with something simple. And then upgrade as necessary. Often a lot of those features are not even worth it much.




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DenisP

As far as the near future is concerned, I think that the chances of phones replacing computers are almost slim to none. Phones certainly have become amazing pieces of technology, but for now, nanotechnology hasn't evolved to the point of being able to compress the power and capability of a computer into a phone.

Take a look at what it takes to put desktop capabilities into a laptop, for example. I paid $1,700 for my laptop. For the price that I paid to have a high performance computer which I can take anywhere, I could have had a desktop computer that has triple, if not quadruple the power. This is because it is difficult and expensive to shrink high performance hardware into a small format.

If it is so difficult and expensive to do for a 19-inch laptop, then what would it take for something that fits in the palm of your hand?




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amazingsteven

It may probably happen but not now. Smartphone are good but there are a lot of things that a PC can which a Smartphone cannot do.




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fishmonk

That is true. The smartphone is pretty limited in terms of capability now as we have to fit so many features onto a small device. I guess it depends on whether miniaturization can be done in a way that is not costly.




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explorerx7

Don't be surprised that in the near future you might see that a smart phone will be able to match the computer's capacity. Remember that in earlier times, a computer would take up the space of a sizable building but there have been gradual improvements in the technology and the design of computers so that a computer may be the size of a notebook. I believe that futuristic technology will eventually render the smart to be capable of the capacity of a computer, and not to worry about the size of the screen because the image could possibly be reflected a larger position on a wall or special pad.




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centurion

There will be no alternative about the laptop or notebook. For doing design work or for for doing critical web programming based work or for doing web based graphics work a some big screen somehow should be necessary.

Thanks
Centurion




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SimplyD

For me no. It is still best to do computer jobs in a laptop. One can type faster in it and I speak through experience. I only want to play games on my mobile phone because it is convenient for me to play it while already lying in bed trying to be sleepy.

Though we don't know how far can innovations be that maybe someday mobile phones can already do what a computer can do that a mobile phone cannot.




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Steve5

It's curious to know that most of us mainly use phones for gaming. It seems that laptops are made for more practical work. Stuff like typing and managing documents. Like writing articles and presentations.

I enjoy using my phone for recreational activities. It's much easier to use and carry around than laptops. Though, computers will always have better capabilities in terms of performance.




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ballyhara

Personally, I don't think so. Usually smartphones are made to be used during a period of time, about 1 or 2 years, then the apps will ask for upgrading and the capacity will reach its limit. Besides that, smartphones are very easy to loose, or damage, because you have them with you all the time, expose to use and abuse, and at least in my case, don't save very personal or super confidential information there. Also, each one has its own features, like making a phone call trough pc or laptop is not so comfy than a smartphone.




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fishmonk

I do understand that currently the operating system is pretty limited and goes according to the mobile processor in a phone. The smartphone is more prone to dropping so I guess there are risks that we might end up losing our phone. You have provided some pretty valid points here.




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Steve5

I'm thinking that it is possible. It may be difficult at first, but as time showed again and again, people can find ways. Especially, if there's enough motivation. And that usually comes in the form of money along with prestige.

We can't really say what it will look like or how it will function. We only know that if circumstances allow for it to be made, then it will come true.




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Joteque

Once there's a will, and a market, there's a way. The reintroduction of the Android OS on desktop computers does propose the possibilities of merging these two devices. It would be cool to make calls from your desktop computer via a sim chip or access all of your phone apps from your desktop and continue working on your phone right where you left off. In some cases, these already exist as with some tablets that permit the use of phone calls via sim chips and allow 4GLTe enabled services to be accessible. The growing demand for new and exciting and different approaches have caused quite a few strange gadgets to evolve from the tech labs. Once we can think it and there is a demand for it, it will be made for sure.




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Steve5

You have a good point. It's really the market that dictates the very possibilities of new inventions. In fact, practically any gadget can be made nowadays. It's thanks to the combined knowledge and effort of brilliant minds.

And of course, they're paid handsomely for their contributions. So money is the biggest motivator for anything new that's yet to be made.




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Steve5

I don't know. Maybe sometime in the near future. Based on what we've seen, technology will continue to evolve as years go by. Even now in just a matter of months upgrades are made available. In fact, those who design the products already have advanced plans for future upgrades even before it's released.




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Barida

This is the same way that those that make computers are also planning ahead. None of them Santa to be left behind. Some softwares will always require you to make use of the computer and not mobile devices and this is something we should seriously put into consideration as well.




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Barida

I doubt that we are having this kind of scenario any time soon. What I have noticed with computers is that you are always going to have that kind of technology services that not all mobile phones will give and this is something we should consider. I have been in that situation and I know the reason that I am saying so.

Companies that are producing computers are adding new features on a daily basis as well which is quite okay as long as I am concerned.




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jaymish2

I don't see this happening. Both devices are meant for different user experiences. If this were to happen, the tablet would have made both devices defunct. However the tablet hasn't taken off as expected. Both mobile phones and computers in the form of desktops or laptops are still popular.A mobile phone is good because of mobility and a laptop or desktop is good because you can work on it for a long time.Its the best in terms of comfort because of the keyboard and the large screen.




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Corzhens

May I say on the contrary that the merging of the phone and computer is already happening in the form of the tablet. I have seen an article that you can download apps to make your tablet work like a laptop that it can even access the cloud storage. Isn’t it like a computer if the tablet can truly access all the important files from your desktop? And I know they will not stop there until the tablet becomes more powerful than the laptop




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