Will Smart Phones replace Desktops??


“In three years time, desktops will be irrelevant. In Japan, most research is done today on smart phones, not PCs”.

This statement by John Herilhy, Google’s European Director inspired my Fe2O3 coated brain(that’s rust for u non-geeks πŸ˜› ) to do some serious thinking. So, today I managed to sneak away from my hectic work schedule & prepare my own list of why Desktops are here to stay!!( I Hope my TL is not reading this!! πŸ˜› )

  1. All said and done, desktops are comfortable from the ergonomic point of view. Laptops can be often be strenuous and I shudder to think of a tomorrow where I may have to depend on my smartphone for creating reports or perform any time & resource consuming activities.
  2. Battery life : A lot of people prefer desktops to laptops & netbooks mainly because they don’t have to worry about the battery life. Even the best of laptop batteries cannot survive for more than a few hours. Can you imagine a smart phone battery powering resource intensive operations??
  3. One of the best things about a desktop system is its extensibility. I can upgrade by system to include a 1 TB HDD, 3.6Ghz processor( or an even more intensive one in future), 4GB RAM etc etc and this will definitely be a smooth transition. But Mr. Herihly, can I do this to your smart phone??
  4. Almost all companies prefer desktops as they are considered theft-safe. I cant think of any CEO who would switch all desktops to smart phones just because they are much smaller in size & easier to handle. Seriously, why would anyone spend millions of bucks in replacing existing systems when they can upgrade the system specs in half the amount?
  5. Desktop machines are ideal servers. Can smart phones ever replace them? I’m still wondering how….
  6. Agreed. Phones allow you to instantly send updates on facebook and twitter. But what about 3-D gaming? What about running a massive word processing application? Folks, we DO need desktops for all of these!

So, my dear Google, we all love you and we know that you are invaluable. But we love our good old desktops as well! We will not let the new age smart phone clinch away our beloved PC’s πŸ™‚


  • Am already thinking about buying a smart phone
    .-= Rathnakumar´s last blog ..Tips For Budding Entrepreneurs =-.

    • πŸ™‚ Me Too!

      • @ Chethan: Do you mean to say that u prefer smart phones to desktops??

        • Not me! They are slow as hell! I have an HTC with Windows Mobile!!! Really Sucks!
          .-= Sukhjit Singh´s last blog ..Windows 8 Wishlist! =-.

          • aah…so you’re one of the poor souls in this planet who have to put up with windows mobile!! πŸ™‚ I really wonder when the guys at Microsoft will learn from their past failures

  • . i’m not sure whether smart phones can replace servers. But currently its possible to run a server in a symbian phone. Technically i can host a blog in my phone..
    .-= Ruth´s last blog ..Midnight Gyan and gibberish =-.

    • ok…but look at it from an industrial point of view. Can smart phones be as efficient as traditional desktop servers??

  • I am using a smartphone (HTC P3400i) since more than 1 year. While I find it awesome to use, I’ve not dumped my desktop! On the contrary, I have bought a new desktop and a laptop after I started using the smart phone.

    They all have different strengths and we simply can’t dump one for another, IMO!
    .-= TechChunks´s last blog ..Don’t Press F1 If You Are Using Microsoft XP =-.

    • well said! Desktops have their own strengths. I felt it was a bit irresponsible on Google’s part to deliver such statements.

  • I don’t know about smartphones but I believe desktops are better than Laptops….
    1. They are faster than my noob laptop.
    2. I don’t have to worry about them getting that hot. I burned my lap rendering a video (720p) which sucks. Oh I am in a lot of pain rite now..) πŸ™
    3. PC can have replaceable parts… I need a new processor for my Laptop 😐

    Well the list continues… I will explaining my sorrows in some up coming post… πŸ˜€
    .-= Sukhjit Singh´s last blog ..Windows 8 Wishlist! =-.

  • i guess at some point phone or hanheld computing willl reach a pinnacle where i don need desktops…. Well… will it happen today ??? no i don think so …in futr ..oh yeah it will….. The only diff is that there is too many options for desktops because there are here for a looong time….ergonomic point ..on that see the only diff bt the desk and handheld are the way input output works…….
    .-= Ruth´s last blog ..Midnight Gyan and gibberish =-.

    • Hmmm….I agree that handheld devices have a future. But looking it at any industrial pov, traditional PC’s are more reliable. Im sure nobody would replace all the desktops that their company is currently using with smart phones

  • may b, after the evolution of touch screen, the usage of PC and notebook have been reduced but cant expect them to dominate PC.

  • Smartphones have an important role to play in the computing world but i cant see them taking over the pc because of their limitations due to size and processing power.

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  • The desktop may die but probably at the hands of ever more powerful laptops and tablets, not smartphones – just too small and not practical for heavy use.