With over two billion people logging online every day, computers have long been the sole portal to the Internet. But now that you can access your favourite websites, email and games through your smartphone, are the days of the PC limited? Smartphones are all-in-one devices that let you make calls, take pictures and access the web on the go.
So who comes out on top?
Many users utilise cloud software to access emails, appointments and documents remotely on their smartphone. Google Docs and Google Calendar are two wildly widely used applications that lets users view their files from any Internet-connected device. That means you can manage your schedule and update work documents anywhere that your smartphone can get reception. Gartner predicts that by 2014 PCs will give way to the personal cloud. Best of all, you can put the device back in your pocket when you’re done – something that’s simply not possible with bulkier laptops, desktops or tablets.
Who uses smartphones? When smartphones first arrived on the scene, celebrities made their phones a fashion staple and teenagers rushed to imitate their favourite stars. Business executives used smartphones to access their work documents and emails when they were away from their computers. But the use of mobiles, and smartphones in particular, has grown exponentially in the last five years and today over 80% of the world’s population has a mobile phone.
Last year, an article in the Guardian highlighted the fact that smartphones are the more popular choice over PCs in developing countries where electricity supplies are costly or vulnerable to disruption.
Yes – for now. Most smartphones on the market today have a 1-2GHz processor, which is about half of that in desktop computers. But with the rate of technological advances in the smartphone industry, there is no doubt that this will change over the next year or two. Plus, your Internet speed is determined more by your router and Internet Service Provider (ISP) than your device. That means if you’re looking for the fastest Internet connection, you’ll likely see the same speeds on your iPhone and desktop if you’re browsing wirelessly from home.
When it really comes down to it, there are very few people that will choose either a smartphone or a computer. Most of us will go on having at least one of each, plus the new “must have” devices such as tablets. But smartphones will give PCs a run for their money and certainly more users than ever are using them over their traditional computers for checking emails and browsing the web. But will you be throwing your PC completely out of the window in favour of a new iPhone or Android in the next few years?
Darren Bunker is a Director at QubeGB, a telecommunications company in the UK.
When Darren is not out supporting his favourite rugby team he can be found working with his teams in QubeGB’s Galashiels and London offices. Darren is passionate about the communications industry. If you would like to keep up to date with company news, please visit the QubeGB LinkedIn page.