Is Mobile Marking the Death of the PC?

By: Daniel Imbellino
July 16, 2013

Let’s face it the world is now connected through mobile devices on an astronomical scale! graphic of various size LCD screens Gone are the days when our phones didn’t do much other than make a simple call, text someone, or tell us the current time. Today we use our phones to access the World Wide Web, including social networks, our email accounts, and even engage in live chats and hangouts on Google+. The mobile gaming market too has increased exponentially over recent years with game publishers focusing their attention to designing games for Android and other platforms. Tablets now tend to have higher resolutions than the average laptop once did, making the idea of moving to mobile all the more enticing. But, is the growth of mobile marking the death of the PC, or are their other factors involved that we may not have been paying attention too?

It’s no secret that the world economy today is clearly in disarray, and what many have failed to realize is that, this factor alone has had a huge impact on PC sales. The question is, why are PC sales slumping while mobile sales are increasing? Despite all the added features we take for granted, our smart phones carry a few essential qualities that our PC’s just don’t have; such as the ability to connect with the internet and people from wherever we are, without ever having to fire up our home computers to do so. After all, you can’t simply slip your 15in laptop into your pocket when heading out to work.

Enduring a decade long recession has left people with no other choice but to cut costs on their living expenses, and when it comes to choosing between a smart phone and a laptop or desktop PC, the smart phone is obviously a more practical choice. A phone is almost a necessity today, while a standard laptop PC we could survive without. Add the additional interactive features to our current day cell phones, and it’s obvious what choice anyone who is strapped for cash would make.

The fact is, it’s not that people don’t want to buy a new laptop or desktop PC, it’s that they simply cannot afford to do so. After working as a technical support specialist for years, many times I would make a recommendation to businesses and consumers to upgrade their PC’s and other hardware, and 50% of the time I would hear the same answer, “We can’t afford a new PC, you’ve got to fix the old one!” Many of the computers that I received for repairs were repairable but obviously obsolete, and were hardly worth fixing. Let’s just face it, the average American can’t afford squat! I’m not sure how many times I’ve heard the statement I made above, but it must have been several hundred over a period of just 2 years before leaving the tech support arena back in 2011, and it’s obvious the situation regarding the current state of our economy has remained stagnant at best.

There’s no denying it though, the state of the PC is in dire straits. However, the idea that PC’s, laptops, and desktops will simply go extinct is preposterous really. Gaming on my Galaxy phone is not all that exciting, and it’s obvious you will always get a better experience on a larger screen for sure. Also, who in the world wants to type search queries all day into a digital numeric keypad that’s 3 inches wide at best anyway? You think web designers and programmers are going to do their jobs from their smart phones? They can’t, plain and simple. You need a large screen to code and design websites, I know, I do it all day long. Sure you can watch movies on your tablet or smart phone, but wouldn’t it be a little more exciting to watch it on your wide screen monitor or LED TV?

These are just a few reasons why mobile will never destroy the PC. In fact, you can make a sure bet that as the world economy improves (if it ever does), that PC’s will make a strong comeback. Regardless of all the innovative features that mobile devices instill upon us, they don’t have a 27in screen to view, and they will never take the place of a laptop or desktop. The day the PC dies, the internet will die with it. No laptops or desktops, means no programmers or web designers, which effectively means no internet. The internet is not designed on smart phones, it’s designed to work with them, there’s a huge difference.

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